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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?

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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.