Cassetteboy, Mark Bolton and Steve Warlin, are the maestros of the mash-up, the dark lords of the loop, the connoisseurs of the cut and paste. They’re satirical dons with an eye for the mischievous whose re-edited footage and audio of famous people is full of gutter humour awash with infantile bile and scathing derision. Their work consists of plundering whatever video or audio they can get their hands on and then splicing it back together to create hilarious pieces of sardonic, farcical ridiculing.
No one is spared from their contempt in their quest to make right through mockery. Their ability to turn a person’s words against them and use it as a bat to beat them with is almost sublime—everyone/thing from prime ministers to fat-tongued mockney TV chefs, the internet and binge Britain are ripe for their vaudevillian insults.
They’re now—perhaps to repent for their sins—currently involved with Amnesty TV, a new online show which they’ll be contributing to regularly. First up, staying true to their form of being a “double act who edit footage they’ve nicked off the telly to make celebrities swear”, is their re-editing of Obama on the subject of Guantanamo. You can watch it on episode two of the show here. While they were promoting the show, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with them.