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How “Happy Birthday Ken” Came About

How “Happy Birthday Ken” Came About

Yesterday with just over two hours to go before the Sweeva Surf Party, I was chatting online to Matt Badura.

I told him I really wanted to make a funny page for the party again this week but after killing the show dead with the last page shown a week ago, I had decided to hold back.

“We could always do a page together?” suggested Matt, and that was all the convincing I needed to get to work.

We wanted to do something “funny, topical and relevant to the SSP audience” and the clock was already ticking.

Both of us had seen the “Marcus dressed as a nun” page. That’s not its official title, and he wasn’t even dressed as a nun, but if anyone has seen the real page then you will see how that description fits very well.

Matt pointed out that it was also Ken’s birthday…and now there was less than two hours to go.

All we had to do was download Marcus’s original video, import it into some video editing software, delete the audio track, come up with a new soundtrack, add the new audio, re-upload the new file, create a splash page and get it seen on the Sweeva Surf Party.

Just to add a bit more pressure we both decided to make new audio tracks to see how each of us approached the challenge.

We didn’t compare notes in advance…just fired up the editing software and got to work.

Then disaster for me…it is so long since I edited a video that I had completely forgotten how to record an audio file. When I worked it out I had changed a setting which muted everything and spent 30 minutes working out how to put it right.

Now I only had time for one take, a quick edit to remove the pauses before uploading it to Dropbox and sending it to Matt.

He laughed…it was a good sign. At about the same time he sent me his video…I laughed out loud…another good sign.

Matt had huge problems with the video code for some reason and only got one page uploaded to the SSP so here are the links to all the videos.

First of all this is the original splash page from Marcus Wahl…click the page to see the video in a new tab.

Better Than Gold

Better than gold or Marcus dressed as a nun splash page

This is the splash page seen at the Sweeva Surf Party.

Happy Birthday Ken

Happy Birthday Ken splash page Marcus dresses as a nun spoof

And this is the video Matt recorded which is similar to mine but far funnier.

Party With Nuns

Party with Nuns splash page spoof on Marcus dressed as a nun

I don’t think I have had so much working on a splash page in a long time…thanks Matt and thanks Marcus for inspiring us with such a memorable splash page to begin with.

Oh and Ken, I hope you had a great birthday.

19 responses to “How “Happy Birthday Ken” Came About”

  1. Awesome job :))) funny times in TE land 🙂

  2. Marye says:

    Did a double take on this one…lol…wtg 🙂

  3. Charlotte says:


  4. Matt Badura says:

    Ohh It was great fun Patrick glad Marcus took it the way it was intended as a joke 😉

    • Patrick Griffin says:

      Yes indeed – it was fun. Marcus has a great sense of humor…just looking at his videos will tell you that in an instant.

      I wonder if I could go find some nuns to party with tonight…


  5. That is one very sick looking Nun.
    It must be a Legacy of things gone wrong.
    As for the voice over efforts many palm of the hand movements to the head.

  6. steven schofield says:

    Very funny.

  7. Lynn M says:

    Those two videos were hilarious! I made Brian watch them later in the very same order you have them in above… we laughed & laughed!

  8. I thought these videos were very funny and Marcus did an awesome job with his make up. He is very funny in it LOL! And then Patrick dubbing it is hilarious!!! 🙂 Happy Birthday Ken!!!

  9. Karen Kuty says:

    I’m just a big nerd–I sent Ken happy birthday wishes on Skype. What was I thinking?

  10. Victoria Stein says:

    Oh no,..what have you ‘done’,…a ‘nun’on the ‘run’!

  11. Wendy Browning says:

    Happy Birthday

  12. Wow! I am glad it is not my Ken’s Birthday ROFL 😀

  13. Wendy Browning says:

    Oh and with the eye paint… for sure less is more, It looked like a party girl from the 80’s that passed out b4 taking her make-up off. I don’t think the Pharaoh’s wore that much BLUE. But besides that the video’s were great to watch.

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