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"Nobody [in Finland] is happy."
A look ’round the interview circuit:

Erm — these are alphabetical (they’re always alphabetical), so attach no significance to the order, please. First, Joel Stein at Time profiles the actor he proclaims is his hero, the "adorkable" Adam Brody:

"I’m a fake intellectual…I’m not that well read. Which I’m insecure about since I’ve gotten the [intellectual] niche." He’s not even sure how he pulled off the fake-nerd scam. "Maybe the sarcasm reads a little bit as intellect, even if it’s not," he says. "My best jokes are so cheap. All I do is say things sarcastically. I just say, ‘Yeah. Cool.’" As he says this, I feel the confusing disappointment that I imagine young women painters feel when they find out Joan Miró is a man.

Kevin Maher chats with a spritely Kirk Douglas at the London Times:

Here he says he is sickened by Islamic fundamentalism, and suicide bombings, and yet, as befits a man of his age and phlegmatic wisdom, he is not above cracking the odd inappropriate joke. “God represents the urge to make people, and life, better for everyone,” he says, starting on a serious tack. “Imagine an interpretation of God that believed He wanted you to kill everybody, and that He had a brothel in Heaven with 72 virgins waiting for you.” He pauses, and the trademark Douglas smile starts to crack slowly cross his face. “One virgin would be enough for me!” he says, before leaning down on his elbow and adding in a stage whisper, “Or maybe two!”

Geoffrey Macnab talks to Milos Forman about "Goya’s Ghosts" at the Independent:

[H]e doesn’t want to talk about the challenges of a Czech director making a movie about a quintessentially Spanish artist. "I don’t speak Spanish," he says gruffly when asked why he shot in English. "Look," he continues in his deep, heavily accented voice, "we tried to make this film as an entertainment that would somehow introduce the treasures of art to the audience on the way."

Scott Thill interview Frylock (and only Frylock) at Wired News:

TV doesn’t suck. People suck. The TV is just a machine doing its job. If TVs were people, I bet they would hate themselves a lot of times for the dirty work they have to do, and end up on antidepressants or killing themselves.

Back at the Independent, Macnab also has a talk with Finland’s Aki Kaurismäki:

Kaurismaki can trace his passion for cinema back to the spring of 1973 when he he was a teenager and went to see a double-bill of Robert Flaherty‘s Nanook of the North and Luis Bunuel‘s L’Age D’Or. "This woke me up to understand that cinema can be art. I remember I was in shock. I went around the little village where I lived saying, ‘This is great,’ but nobody understood what the hell I was talking about. They haven’t understood since."

Craig McLean at the Telegraph Magazine interviews Shane Meadows. On the failure of "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands":

‘I didn’t respect up till that point that I had a system. I thought, "if I’m good with non-actors I’ll be great with great actors." But the result was a muddle, a rom-com-cum-spaghetti-western-cum-social-drama. Yet Meadows refuses to blame anyone involved. ‘I agreed to everything. It was a working man’s bond.’ If he’d pulled out, ‘all these people [who’d been hired] were gonna walk away with nothing.’

And at Premiere, Glenn Kenny talks with Alain Resnais. On the humor in his films, particularly "Last Year at Marienbad":

“Without comparing himself to Samuel Beckett—and [Marienbad writer] Alain Robbe-Grillet, who has also made similar complaints—Beckett complained that people didn’t laugh enough in their plays. And yes, there are some very funny jokes in Marienbad. But that he hopes it doesn’t take away from the tragedy and some of the other passages. And he hopes that in Coeurs this mixing of tragic and humor will also be found.”

+ Looking for Mr. Adorkable (Time)
+ Taking it on the chin (London Times)
+ ‘Goya’s Ghosts’: Spanish artist gets Forman treatment (Independent)
+ Look Out, Boston: Aqua Teen Hits the Big Screen, Frylock Tells All (Wired News)
+ Aki Kaurismaki: Finnish film-maker discovers a brighter side (Independent)
+ Another country (Telegraph Magazine)
+ "Hello, Glenn. I am Alain." (Premiere)

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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