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10RW: Henry’s Got It

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Henry isn’t a certified YouTube star (yet), but he’s on his way. Logging six digits worth of views ain’t a bad place to start, and once he goes seven (if you’re good at math you’ll know that’s at least a million) lil’ Henry will be on the same path as “Shoes” and “What What“, and may even get a pork-and-beans related phone call from Weezer.

Listen up Henry, if you don’t have an agent, get one now. I’m smelling local news interviews and even a trip to New York City where you can sit down with Regis and Kelly and show ’em what made you famous at the tender age of–hmm–maybe like, what, five, six, or seven?

(above: Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low!)

That’s the thing about most YouTube stars, you really don’t find out much about them until they make the talk show rounds and eventually fade back into oblivion. I hope this kid’s different though.

If you’re not familiar with Henry, maybe you know him as the “Dancing Redhead,” “Tomato Head,” or can identify him by the title of his YouTube clip: “Dance Moves That Rock!” After innocently sitting on YouTube for the last three months, Henry’s video hit YouTube gold, by recently being featured on Perez Hilton and Funny Or Die.

If you haven’t seen his clip yet, Henry is a young child–I’m guessing around six years old–who has a wicked arsenal of dance moves (including the robot, a move I didn’t learn until I was in high school). In his living room he furiously dances to vocodered-out, hip-hop club bangers. His repertoire is half hyperactive-little-kid mixed with an array of twists and turns he’s apparently seen on TV. (He’s a self-contained effects-the-media-has-upon-children case study.)

I usually don’t pay much attention to mass video forwards, but Henry’s spoke to me. Yes, my soul was touched. Right now, I give you 10 Reasons Why Henry’s Got It:

10. Middle America’s Great White Hope
Let’s be honest, white people don’t have a reputation for being good dancers. For every Justin Timberlake, we have about 20 Aunt Cindys or 30 cousin Billys that make wedding receptions a painful affair to watch. Straight outta Middle America, this stocky little redhead is poised to one day utter the words: You got served!

9. No Frills
I love the fact that Henry is just wearing what he probably wears to bed. I’d be a bit skeptical if he was sporting gold chains and a ball cap angled to the side.

8. He’s a Redhead
My brother is a redhead, my sister is a redhead, and even one of my best friend’s is a redhead. How many times do you think they’ve heard the redheaded-step-child putdown over the years? How many times have they been compared to Opie? Huh? Henry is going to change all that. He’s gonna make being a redhead cool again.

7. Best Since Madonna
…and dare I say he’s the best redheaded dancer since Madonna went ginger for her Confessions On A Dance Floor tour?

6. He’s Already Got A Sidekick
Though Henry is clearly the star of the show, his young, giggling playmate keeps the party going with her non-stop bouncing. She brings out something in the living room dance party that’s not present in Henry’s solo clips.

5. To Parent? Or Not To Parent?
This video is a great reminder of the pros and cons of having children. On one hand, you think to yourself: How cute are these kids, I want a whole bunch just like ’em! On the other hand, the energy these lil’ fireballs possess is mind-numbing. Imagine trying to corral them after an 8-hour day in an amusement park. And just envision what lil’ Henry would be like on a bad day.

4. Raw Talent
It appears–and I hope this is really the case–that Henry has no formal training. In between actual dance moves it looks like he’s just a little kid hopped up on sugar.

3. The Way He Move
When our redhead extraordinaire pulls off actual dance sequences, he’s mighty, mighty impressive!

2. These Are The Breaks
It’s one thing for a kid to hyperactively bounce around his living room, it’s another for him to mimic dance moves he’s seen on television, but if you pay attention, you’ll see that Henry knows when the breaks occur in each song. The Rock Steady Crew would be proud.

1. He’s Havin’ Fun!
Isn’t that what music’s all about anyway? During his dance routines, Henry can’t stop smiling or giggling. The fun he’s having is highly contagious. If you got it, you got it, and–yes–Henry’s got it!

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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.