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10RW: You Should Root For Pittsburgh

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Another Super Bowl blog posting?

Sorry, but on the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday my typing fingers or my mind won’t let me concentrate on anything else besides the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(left: Don’t know who to root for in the Super Bowl yet? Let me sell you on Pittsburgh.)

Spend anytime in this fine city and you’ll quickly learn why we’re all like this. It might be the only city in America where jocks, grandmothers, hipsters, young kids, old men, couch potatoes, yoga enthusiasts, Catholics, Protestants, and any other oddball character you can throw in there come together for a common good–to cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory.

Here are 10 Reasons Why you should be rooting for Pittsburgh on Sunday:

#10. Steeler Nation
You think I’m nuts for being obsessed with the Steelers? I’m not alone. Steeler fans come in all different shapes and sizes. Here are a few other well-known members of Steelers Nation: Snoop Dogg, Adam Sandler, Christina Aguilera, Hank Williams, Jr., Dennis Miller, Michael Keaton, Brett Michaels, Patrick Monahan (My Morning Jacket), Anti-Flag, and word on the street is that Brad Pitt is also a Steelers die-hard.

#9. Wayne Coyne
The Flaming Lips frontman may not have grown up in Pittsburgh, but he was born there!

#8. Awesome Players=Awesome Commercials
How great is this David Fincher-directed Troy Polamalu commercial?

#7. NIN
Trent Reznor may have moved to Cleveland to pursue a career in music, but he grew up in Mercer, PA, a town just north of Pittsburgh. During NIN’s “Downward Spiral Tour,” Reznor said to the crowd, “This is the closest I’ll have to a hometown show.”

#6. The Terrible Towel
In the 70’s the quirky and off-kilter Steelers’ announcer, Myron Cope, instructed everyone to bring yellow dish-towels to games (he wanted to choose an item everyone owned), wave them over the heads, and cheer the Steelers on to victory. Years later, you can’t got to a sporting event–or sometimes a music event–without people waving some sort of towel over their head.

#5. TV On The Radio
That’s right Brooklyn, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone grew up and met in Pittsburgh.

#4. Andy Warhol
Yep, he’s from Pittsburgh too!

#3. Brings Republicans and Democrats Together
Rush Limbaugh recently said he hoped President Barack Obama’s financial plan fails, but I bet’cha any money he doesn’t want the President’s Super Bowl pick to fail–the Pittsburgh Steelers! Limbaugh, who at one time worked in Pittsburgh, is a big fan of the team, and just yesterday, President Obama went on the record and told news cameras that besides the Chicago Bears, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the football team closest to his heart. (Talk about “change,” I never thought I’d hear a President side with a team in the Super Bowl!)

#2. Fred Rogers
Mr. Rogers neighborhood is in–Pittsburgh!

#1. Blueprint For World Peace
As mentioned above, if a football team can get jocks, grandmothers, hipsters, young kids, old men, couch potatoes, yoga enthusiasts, Catholics, and Protestants to break bread (and nachos) together on a Sunday afternoon, anything is possible.


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.