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IT’S LIKE THAT: Where Do You Go?

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Travis Barker and DJ AM, touring on their latest mixtape side-project, were involved in a plane crash this weekend, one that killed four other people on board the aircraft. Apparently–though none of this has been confirmed yet–the jet blew a tire while attempting to take off and skidded from the runway. Eyewitnesses saw Barker and DJ AM fleeing from the wreckage, trying to extinguish the flames from their clothing.

Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) were initially labeled in critical condition, but as of today, both men are expected to make full recoveries.

Because I was out of town and staying at a place without an internet connection, I found it very frustrating that besides a blurb on a couple cable news channels, I was unable to immediately obtain any more information regarding the plane crash and the condition of the survivors.

Believe me, I’m the first to criticize news outlets when they speculate for hours on end about a story without any breaking details, but I just wanted to hear something that filled me in on what was happening. Why were they in South Carolina? Who else was on board the plane? Were any record label people on the plane? Do I know them? Are they alright?

My first instinct was to pick up the remote and click on MTV. I was greeted with reality programming. VH1 had nothing, E had nothing, and Fuse wasn’t even carried on this particular cable system, so that wasn’t an option either (though I’m pretty sure they don’t have a news division).

I had to pray and wait.

In an age where we have more television stations than ever before, and at a time when information is passed quicker than the speed of light, how is it that when a tragedy befalls the world of music, our national television audience is kept in the dark?

At a time like this, I hate pointing fingers at MTV or VH1, but I would have (seriously) felt somewhat reassured just to hear Kurt Loder’s voice followed by a block of Blink 182, Transplants, or +44 videos. Barker and AM were also the house band at the latest VMA show, so it’s not like the station had a shortage of updated footage to show.

I understand times have changed, but looking back to 1994 when Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain took his life, guess what? MTV was on the scene almost instantaneously. Even when The Beatles’ George Harrison passed in 2001, the channel–though increasingly littered with reality programming–pieced together a news blurb and aired his “Got My Mind Set On You” video at the beginning of each hour.

When something happens to a world leader, you can turn on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc. When breaking news happens in sports, ESPN will be on the story in seconds. But where do you go if your favorite musician is involved in a plane crash?

Yes, music triumphs and tragedies don’t unfold as often as world news events, but when they do, it would be comforting to know that there was at least one destination on television (for those rare times when BlackBerries and blogs aren’t handy) that could fill in the grey areas and offer a little musical healing.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of the four people killed this past weekend. May God give you strength and comfort.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.