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LISTS: Fat Tuesday’s Top 10 Fat People In Music

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In honor of Fat Tuesday (see also: Mardi Grad, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday), I’ve decided to compile a list of the Top 10 Fat People in Music. Before you cite me for a politically incorrect party foul, let it be known that I am not making fun of the following artists. It should also be pointed out that most of the artists making today’s list are not ashamed–and are even proud–of carrying around a few extra pounds.

10. Elvis
When compared to skinny-hip-shakin’-Elvis, fat-Elvis isn’t even in the same league. But let’s face it, even an Elvis not operating at 100% is better than most artists on their best day (and aren’t Kings supposed to be fat anyway?). Without fat-Elvis we’d also never have all the side-burn, jumpsuit-wearing imitators that make a living embracing Elvis’ late-career girth.

(left: Some may say that Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington’s tummy is more famous than Tim Harrington himself.)

9. Damien Abraham
Damian Abraham, the somewhat chunky frontman of the Canadian punk band, Fucked Up, both frightens and fascinates me. He has also threatened to light Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger’s hair on fire if his band wins a Juno Award this year. Showing off his round, hairy chest on stage is enough to make this list, the latter anecdote is what we call “brownie points.”

8. The Fat Boys
Old-school hip-hop has many big boys to chose from: Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, De La Soul, Yo! MTV Raps’ Dr. Dre, Chubb Rock, MC Serch, and even Run-DMC’s Joseph Simmons got round with age. The Fat Boys, who may not boast the hits or popularity of the artists mentioned above, make the list just because their name was always so literal. The Fat Boys were–well–fat boys!

7. Fat Joe
For the same reason mentioned above Fat Joe makes the cut. His nom de plume is not just a clever nickname.

6. Tim Harrington
If you’ve ever seen Les Savy Fav live, than I’m sure you’ve seen the beach ball-sized tummy of out-of-his-mind, off-his-rocker frontman, Tim Harrington. At last year’s Pitchfork Festival, Harrington smeared his stomach in mud and began scripting his band’s initials on it. If he was petite–say like Prince–do you think I would have been able to make out “LSF” fifty yards away from the stage?

5. Beth Ditto
Call Beth Ditto “fat” and she’ll wear it like a badge. The lead singer of The Gossip doesn’t have a problem with flaunting her stuff either, as she’s done during many live performances and magazine photo spreads. Do a quick Google search if you don’t believe me.

4. M.I.A.
I wanted to squeeze M.I.A. on this list before she sheds all of her post baby weight. Any time you can get a genre bending, Grammy and Oscar nominated MC (who’s willing to perform pregnant) on any type of list–you do it.

3. Frank Black
Major label A&R people are probably still mystified that the Pixies’ Frank Black–who looks like a retired professional wrestler–is still more of a rock star than most of the artists on their roster.

2. Aretha Franklin
I kind of like the fact that Aretha Franklin gets a little larger every time you see her. I’m convinced that if she was thinner her voice wouldn’t be nearly as powerful.

1. Notorious B.I.G.
Some have called the Notorious B.I.G. the greatest rapper of all-time. I still believe KRS-One holds that distinction, but because I wasn’t sure if KRS-One was fat enough to make this list, Biggie Smalls takes home the #1 spot. He also embraced his fatness more than the Blastmaster. If Biggie Smalls was svelte like LL Cool J, his stage name and most of his lyrics wouldn’t have the same ring: I like it when you call me Big Poppa.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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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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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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