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What to Watch on IFC in June

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June is one busy month here at IFC. For starters, beginning Sunday, June 7th, our comedy series “Z Rock” make its rockin’ return, with the ZO2 boys up to more antics at daytime kiddie parties and nightly rock gigs. And look out for numerous guest appearances, including American Idol alum-turned-Tony Award nominee (for his leading role in Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”) Constantine Maroulis, Frank Stallone, the hottest of real housewives Bethenny Frankel, along with recurrent stints from Dave Navarro, John Popper, Dee Snider and Joan Rivers, and much more. The show airs Sundays at 11e/p.

Along with the return of “Z Rock,” we’re got a brand new Brit comedy that’ll leave you feeling mighty, erm, high. “Ideal” follows Moz, who’s just your average small-time shut-in hash dealer living in a run-down flat with his girlfriend and trying to get by. On a daily basis, Moz has to deal with an all-too-colorful array of customers who pass in and out of his life as he goes about “providing a crucial service to the community.” “Ideal” premieres Sunday June 7th at 11:30e/p.

There’s more! New to the Automat, an IFC Original series: “Food Party.” Follow Thu Tran as she creates eccentric dishes and finds herself in all kinds of wacky situations. Catch it Tuesdays at 11:15e/p, followed by “Wrong Door,” an imaginative UK sketch comedy show, at 11:30.

310x229_americanpsycho.jpgAnd in keeping with tradition, June is Grindhouse month here on IFC. In addition to our Friday film at midnight, every Thursday this month brings on a triple threat of depravity, craziness and lurid horror sure to please the most avid genre enthusiast. Get ready for the network premiere of “The Devil’s Rejects,” Rob Zombie’s follow up to “House of 1,000 Corpses”; old-school horror classics like “Eaten Alive” and new ones like “Jeepers Creepers” (with a pre-fame Justin Long!).

See Christian Bale get almost as angry as he was in his Terminator rant in “American Psycho,” and watch the true-to-life story of a murderous Hollywood rampage in “Wonderland.” Check out the full schedule for details.

310x229_sugar.jpgAlso, we’re celebrating Gay Pride with Out at the Movies every Friday evening, kicking off with the original IFC documentary “Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema.”

Other equally fabulous films include Macaulay Culkin playing murderous club kid Michael Alig in “Party Monster”; Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere”; restless youths coming of age in “Sugar”; “Far From Heaven” and 1961’s “Victim,” which when it was made tackled a topic considered completely taboo. And don’t miss the network premiere of the inspired-by-a-heartbreaking-true-story “It’s My Party.”

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • BIRTH Nicole Kidman stars as a woman convinced her deceased husband has been reincarnated into a young boy. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (“Sexy Beast”). Premieres Saturday, June 20th @ 8PM.
  • ROGUE TRADER Ewan McGregor plays an eager banker who seizes the opportunity to travel abroad but spirals downward when money gets the best of him. Premieres Sunday, June 27th @ 8PM.
  • THE DEVIL’S REJECTS This sequel to “House of 1000 Corpses” finds the Firefly family off on a gory rampage, with a showdown against the revenge-seeking Sheriff Wydell. Premieres Sunday, June 7th @ 9:05PM.
  • IT’S MY PARTY An HIV patient organizes a farewell party after he decides he’ll end his life before the disease takes its toll. Premieres Friday, June 12th @ 7:15PM.
  • THE BIG EMPTY Jon Favreau stars as a struggling actor with money problems who takes on a job that puts him in some very unusual circumstances. This comedy co-stars Joey Lauren Adams, Kelsey Grammar and Daryl Hannah. Premieres Saturday, June 6th @ 8PM.

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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.