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Judd Apatow’s ‘Undeclared’: Meet the Cast

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Tonight on IFC we are bringing you the finest in Judd Apatow entertainment. Well, the finest after previously declared, at 11 p.m. ET we are showing Undeclared, Apatow’s brilliant yet brutal look at the college years.

The series opens on the first day of school at the University of North Eastern California. Steven Karp finds himself bunking down with Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogen, Timm Sharp, and, well, his dad. Filled with gawky characters, quick wits, and uncomfortable moments, It feels like a natural successor to Freaks and Geeks, even if it is set in the early 2000s in California and not the 80s in Michigan. The show is funny, biting, and cringe-worthy, but ultimately fun to watch, so long as you can stomach reliving your awkward college days. Beer pong!

As with any great show, it really works because of the talented cast. The stars of Undeclared have gone on to brilliant careers that eclipse their early college daze. But that’s true for most people anyway.

Meet the Cast of ‘Undeclared’

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Jay Baruchel is Steven Karp, college freshman. Our hero. Since Undeclared left the air, he has struggled to find a break out role. But he makes a living having parts in Tropic Thunder, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist , The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up.

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Carla Gallo is Lizzie Exley, the college hottie. You may recognize her from roles in such hit television shows as Carnivale, House (it wasn’t lupus), Californication, Mad Men and, well, Bones.

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Steven’s sexy British theater major roommate, Lloyd, is played by Charlie Hunnam. Charlie is now almost unrecognizable as motorcycle badass with a heart of (tarnished) gold, Jax Teller, in FX’s tv show Sons of Anarchy.

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Under Judd Apatow’s guidance, Seth Rogen‘s post-Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared career has far out shone his role as Ron Garner, roommate extraordinaire. We’re talking Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Anchorman, and even the true pinnacle of success: The Simpsons.

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Lizzie’s roommate Monica Keena hasn’t found the success of some of her Undeclared cohorts, but she did have to choose between her baby and her life on Private Practice, which is definitely something and did a stint on Entourage.

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Yes, Amy Poehler was in Undeclared. She is the head R.A. with an eye for fresh(men) meat. If you don’t know who she is, you don’t watch nearly enough television.

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Timm Sharp plays Marshall Nesbitt, the fourth man in Steve’s dorm room. He has gone on to a career in television that most notably includes the sitcom Til Death.

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When Steven goes to college, his dad, Loudon Wainwright III, goes with him. This is much more entertaining for everyone else than it is for Steven. Loudon Wainwright III is a wildly successful musician and the sire of wildly successful musicians Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. Go download all of their stuff already!

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Jason Segel is Eric, Lizzie’s on-again off-again on-again off-again boyfriend. After Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, Segal went on to major success on both the small screen (as Marshall in How I Met Your Mother) and in the movies with Forgetting Sarah Marshall , Knocked Up, and I Love You, Man.

Undeclared starts tonight on IFC at 11 p.m. ET

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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