Living the ‘Life of Brian’

Living the ‘Life of Brian’ (photo)

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And now for something completely different …except, well, we know we did a Monty Python post just last week. But when we saw that their hilarious (and most likely very blasphemous) film Life of Brian was on today’s schedule (it airs at 8:25 p.m. ET), we knew we had to do another one. Besides, the last post was on our favorite sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, while this one is our favorite sketches from Life of Brian. And that is something completely different.

Life of Brian stars all the regular Pythons (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin) plus an assortment of Romans, lepers, centurions, Jews and George Harrison all living just as the times are achangin’ from B.C. to A.D. Life is hard for most (except for the aqueducts and, you know, the advent of peace) but especially hard for Brian, who was born in a manger the same night as a certain Messiah. Despite protesting his holy status, Brian is plagued by lepers, alms seekers, and others who don’t believe the mistaken identity. Brian’s misery is delightfully hilarious and if you never watch another Monty Python musical, sketch, or movie in your life, watch Life of Brian. It’s good enough for Jehovah.

Here are our five favorite bits from Monty Python’s Life of Brian:

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”:

Don’t Laugh, “Biggus Dickus”:

“That Bit of Halibut Was Good Enough for Jehovah!”:

“He’s Not the Messiah, He’s a Very Naughty Boy.”:

“What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?”:

And for you Latin nerds, “Romans Go Home”:

Monty Python’s Life of Brian airs on IFC at 8:25 p.m. ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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