So I might be one of the few on this forum who hadn't seen the original before this (I didn't even know it was a remake until coming to the forum; I was originally just going to post something about a) this being a HUGE shaggy dog joke just for eye-patch, and b) wondering if anyone else was reminded of this: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2004/200
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So here's what I think. The LRR crew and their supporters in this case are right: the acting IS better in 2010. The biggest thing is that most of the facial expressions are much more fine-tuned and realistic (e.g. Graham's reaction to Paul installing Linux on the Wii; he reacts early in '07), and inflections are also a bit more normal. However, the detractors are right as well. For some reason, despite it being better, it's just not as funny. It's just a bunch of little things. I think using a breaking glass sound effect as Graham walks away is more confusing than funny (did he walk through a window?), and it sounds so stereo-typically "breaking-glass-ish" that it just seems forced. Paul's "used to be the dishwasher" line was just funnier in the first, even with the awkward pauses earlier in the line. And Morgan's comments about the toilet's internet speed were phrased in a way that made more sense for the joke in '07.
So, after a post that's way longer than it needs to be and most people won't read, the main thing is - it's your site, you can do what you want, but overall I think you're better off just writing new material.
And lastly, I (and I think others as well) really do appreciate that you're striving for professionalism and perfection, and it IS really starting to pay off, but ... how do I phrase this? This is the internet. YouTube already showed that the Internet often gives a rat's ass for professionalism and perfection - we just want to be entertained. It's crass, it's rude - hell, it's selfish - but I think it's the truth.