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Springsteen’s Super Bowl Playlist

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Even if you’re not into sports, I’m sure you’re well aware of the fact that Super Bowl Sunday is only a couple days away. Sports-minded or not, I’m sure there’s a good chance you’ll be dipping into a bowl of spinach & artichoke dip at a party centered around the big game.

If you don’t know, (my hometown!) Pittsburgh Steelers will be facing off against the Arizona Cardinals.

(left: The Boss gets ready to rock a Super-Bowl-sized Super Bowl crowd this Sunday.)

Not into the teams? How ’bout the halftime show then? Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be gracing the stage, and since he gets major love from both the mainstream and indie-minded crowd, a good time is promised to be had by all.

Using The Boss’ rich catalog of material, here are some special dedications I’d like to send out this Super Bowl weekend:

“Working On A Dream”
What kid–growing up playing sports–doesn’t dream about playing in the Super Bowl one day? To both teams, I offer you up this brand new (just released Tuesday) Bruce Springsteen track.

“Born To Run”
For years and years Steelers football has been centered around running. John Henry Johnson, Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, and Jerome Bettis have all made a name for themselves by gritting it out on the ground. I’d like to send this one out to Willie Parker, who like the great Steelers before him, is “Born To Run.”

“Dancing In The Dark”
I’ll be doing this on Pittsburgh’s South Side this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be doing it following the Super Bowl as well.

“Better Days”
I’ll be a good sport and offer this one up to the Cardinals, who are seeing “Better Days” this year (their franchise hasn’t won a championship since 1947).

“Brilliant Disguise”
Troy Polamalu (Steelers’ safety) this one’s for you! Will he blitz? Or drop back into coverage? No one knows, and for that reason his defensive scheme is a “Brilliant Disguise.”

“Hungry Heart”
Steelers’ wide receiver, Hines Ward, will be playing this Sunday on a sprained right knee. You think his heart’s not hungry? Cardinals’ Kurt Warner has a “Hungry Heart” as well–he’s the third oldest Quarterback (37) to ever play in a Super Bowl.

“The River”
We’ve got three of them that converge at The Point in Pittsburgh. This one goes out to the fine folks of Western PA!

“Surprise, Surprise”
Coach of the Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt, is the master of the trick play. If you think the flee-flicker is only for backyard football games, think again. Whisenhunt will keep the Steelers on their toes as they anticipate the “Surprise, Surprise.”

“Cover Me”
This one’s for Cards’ wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald–pound-for-pound the best receiver in football. For the sake of this playlist I’m reworking the title: “Cover Me (If You Can)”

“I’m On Fire”
This could easily be dedicated to anyone on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense–the best of all units in the National Football league. “Thunder Road,” “No Surrender,” “You’ll Be Comin’ Down,” “Reason To Believe,” and “Blood Brothers” could also go out to the squad led by the rough-and-tough James Harrison and James Farrior.

“Glory Days”
To the Steelers’ championship teams of the past, this one goes out to you. If Pittsburgh is victorious on Sunday, they’ll have more Super Bowl titles (six) than other team in the history of football, making their “Glory Days” the most glorious of all!

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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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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.