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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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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.

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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.