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‘Todd Margaret’ So Far

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It’s Friday, which means that we have a new episode of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The show was created and written by David Cross of Arrested Development fame and follows the (mis) adventures of consummate liar and lousy salesman, Todd Margaret. Todd Margaret has an incredible cast, who you can meet here and gets even more awkwardly hilarious as the season progresses.

Before you kick back, crack open a can of ThunderMuscle, and watch tonight’s episode, here’s a quick recap with some audio visual aids to get you up-to-speed before the third installment.

After impressing his boss Brent Wilts (Will Arnett) with his drive, determination, and dirty mouth (based on repeating what he hears on a motivational CD called “Don’t Be Such A Pussy”), Todd is unexpectedly given the task of launching the company’s new product in the UK Market:

But before Todd can move to London, he has a few things to attend to. He leaves his cat with a month’s supply of tuna and a strong admonish to not eat it all at once and then heads off to break up with his girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn). Unfortunately his girlfriend isn’t particularly convinced that she either lives up to (or wants) the title “girlfriend”:

So what is Todd’s illustrious new job? Well he simply has to introduce jolly old England to a newfangled North Korean energy drink called, Thundermuscle. Todd has nothing to worry about though, because a good salesman can sell even an undoubtedly toxic energy drink. Unfortunately the ThunderMuscle goes straight to Todd’s head:

In episode two, A Plan is Hatched and a Date is not a Date, Todd wakes up on the floor of his dismal apartment, covered in a wide assortment of disgusting things. His assistant Dave calls seemingly just to remind him that he has yet to sell any ThunderMuscle. Before going to the office, Todd stop by the cafe to try and repair his reputation with cafe owner and novice molecular gastronomist, Alice (Sharon Horgan), by explaining that he donated blood to a poor cancer stricken girl:

At the office, Todd hatches a plan to sneak ThunderMuscle onto a grocery store’s shelves to drum up demand. Dave helpfully suggests a quaint little shop called Sainsbury’s. Todd instructs Dave to execute the plan alone, because he has asked Alice out for a drink. Todd is so certain that the drink is actually a date that he stops off for a little protection. You know, just in case:

To help make a good impression on Alice, Dave (Blake Harris) sends him to a shop to pick up some fancy new classic British duds. Unfortunately David is a bit ticked off at his boss for making him implement his plan to smuggle the Thundermuscle into Sainsbury’s:

Unsurprisingly, Todd’s date does not go well, but he does get Alice into his apartment. Unfortunately she sees a little shrine he has set up that includes a teddy bear and the condom. Todd tries to explain it away (extremely badly) and Alice runs from the Awkward. Todd ends the evening with a little trip to Sainsbury’s and when he sees the enormous store, even chucklehead that he is realizes that sneaking cans on to the shelves was probably a poor decision.

Want to see what happens next? Tune in to The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on IFC at 10 p.m. ET

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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.