A Killer Spam Tale: Farm Sluts (2003)

This is part of an occasional series I’ll be doing of internet-related comedy, highlighting some great perhaps under-appreciated comedy that originated on or deals with the internet tubes.

Before Chris Parnell hit everyone’s computer screens with Lazy Sunday he starred in this short 17 minute film about a man whose life is undone by one prurient spam email. The film was made by a young filmmaker as part of Fox Searchlight’s Searchlab project. As far as I know this was only shown on the internet–but I can’t claim to know that for certain.

The cast has a lot of familiar faces including Bania from Seinfeld and Elizabeth Keener from The L Word.

There are many more Searchlab Shorts, though I have yet to find one this good.

Farm Sluts was written and directed by Canadian Collin Friesen. It’s a brilliant bit of comedy, but so far is the only drop of genius in Friesen’s bucket. Since then he has only one major film to his credit: The Big White which he wrote and which was a flop.

And, finally, on the thin excuse that Prince Caspian is out now, here’s Lazy Sunday again, cuz really there are few better ways to blow 2.5 minutes….


Actor, nerd, poet, producer, writer mikl-em made his name short so you wouldn't have to. In addition to his blog you can find his writing in "Hi Fructose" magazine and witness him almost life-sized in various plays at The Dark Room Theater in SF's Mission district.

He tends to write about theater, humor, San Francisco culture and history, and stuff that's just plain weird. He thanks Scott for sharing the keys to the Laughing Squid virtual HQ and promises to uphold whatever it is that the mirthful cephalopod would prefer to be uplifted.