Improvised & Analyzed

Superego Sketch Challenge #1



Edit your own Superego Sketch! Stetch Maldonay: Scissor Sharpener was recorded on December 13, 2012 with Jeremy Carter, Matt Gourley, Mark McConville, Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Ben Zelevansky, and James Bladon. That’s right, it was a real party. So much so that we had way too much fun, recorded way too long, and got way too loose. The running time comes in at just under a ridiculous 40 minutes. We always refer to Stetch as one of the weirdest sketches we’ve ever recorded. Now, it’s time to see if we can make anything out of it. Try your hand at editing this train wreck and if we like it, we may feature it on an episode of Superego. Wouldn’t that be a victory?


Here at the Superego Clinic for Analytical Pscience we strive to put our special stamp on every case study sketch. Since the Stetch Maldonay recording is SO long and goes SO off the rails, here are some helpful things to consider if you would like your edit to be featured in our show. We put no restrictions on ourselves when recording, but in editing certain things almost always apply.

  • Listen all the way through before you start editing. This particular sketch does not go where you think it might. Knowing the full arc will help you choose what might work up front. Then again, maybe not.
  • A lot of people think Superego is vulgar! Actually, it’s not really that vulgar. Whenever possible, we try to swap out a gross bodily function or cheap body part name with something more original and weird. The editing should probably reflect that.
  • We try relatively hard not to go for the obvious joke or overused character. 
  • ‘Keep it tight Dwight, unless some air gets you somewhere.’ That’s from a plaque hanging above the front door of the Superego clinic and just means to keep things moving unless it’s on purpose. If that means taking some space out between words but still having it sound natural, so be it.
  • You’ll need to cut out the other tracks completely when one track is featuring a voice. We use vocal reflectors and super-cardiod microphones to minimize bleed, but as you can hear the other voices still get through. It’s painstaking but hey, think of what Matt goes through on just one episode.
  • All guidelines null and void if the joke in question is funny.


  • Email us an AAC or MP3 at
  • Make sure your final edit can be exported as individual .aifs or .wav files, including SFX and music tracks.
  • Make sure that all tracks can be exported without any effects or filters. If we choose to include your edit in the show, we may need all of these for final tweaks.
  • All rights reserved and all material copyright Superego, 2015.
  • We reserve the right to make any and all further changes to your edit.
  • DEADLINE: How about May 1, 2015?


These are how all Superego tracks start out. Raw, uncompressed, messes.

  • A little pass through Levilator wouldn’t hurt.
  • Some basic EQ and processing will certainly be needed.
  • Just click the little download arrow at the top right of each of the 3 play windows below.

Thank you and good luck. You’re going to need it.

22 Responses to “Superego Sketch Challenge #1”

  1. Bob Morsch says:

    I can not WAIT to dive into this. This is fantastic, thank you good doctors for making these files available to play with. I envision a few different final products as there is so much great stuff ob these tracks.

  2. Bob Morsch says:

    on these tracks, ON. My fingers got too happy to type well.

    I’m a woman.

  3. Liz Bradley says:

    I don’t think I’ll have time to try editing, but I can’t wait to listen, and dream about what if do if I had the time. This must be how Matt feels every day.

  4. Liz Bradley says:

    Oh God, that was great. I’m so tempted to forsake all other commitments to do the challenge. I really enjoyed the HBO tangent, I would so definitely leave that in. 😀

  5. Kathy Russell says:

    Oh how I wish my editing skills were up to par for this challenge. But I get to enjoy an unedited Superego free-for-all. And for that, I thank you!

    P.S. for those that think Superego is Vulgar, Suck it! I’M A WOMAN!

  6. andydv says:

    wow this is great. Great to hear behind the curtain, and bonus great if i can get off my fat ass and do a cut.

    do y’all have a deadline for submissions?

  7. Deadline? Also, this is excellent. I’m in.

  8. Matt says:

    Let’s say May 1.

  9. Joe says:

    I combined the 3 tracks if anybody just wants to listen:

  10. Steve says:

    Anyone else getting errors trying to download track 1? The other two are fine, but tried with multiple browsers and it’s throwing errors. (Chrome offers the most insight, as limited as it is with “server problem”).

  11. Matt says:

    We reached the download limit on the SoundCloud account that hosted the files. Moving to our main account. Should be fixed in a few.

  12. Matt says:

    Okay, should be fixed now. Thank you for your patience in this, our long national nightmare.

  13. Bob Morsch says:

    I also converted the files to WAV if anyone needs that, and they are in my dropbox folder that you can find at

    Also, I’ve been playing with this all day. Perfect way to spend a sunday.

  14. Steve says:

    That nightmare is now over, thanks to your brave efforts, Matt. America, indeed the world, is forever in your debt.

  15. Ben says:

    Just finished my first full listenthrough.

  16. Sean says:

    How long should the final running time be? This sounds fun.

  17. Matt says:

    I’d try to keep it under 4 minutes.

  18. Gary Myers says:

    FOUR MINUTES?!?!?!

  19. Pat Dillon says:

    Does music need to be royalty free?

  20. Matt says:

    It’d be best if it was but it’s not a deal breaker.

  21. Adam says:

    Four minutes is an incredible challenge. You’re going to get a bunch of different interpretations, that’s for sure!