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The Twelve Days of Judd Apatow: Day 1 Freaks and Geeks

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Who would you rather have come down your chimney: An elderly obese bearded man wearing the pelts of dead animals and …velvet, or America’s number one comedy producer Judd Apatow? You don’t even need a minute to think about it, because the answer is clear: Judd Apatow, of course. Sure, Santa has a bag full of junk to stuff in your stockings and sugar plums to dance in your head, but really, who wants reindeer prancing on their roof in the middle of the night? And can you imagine the clean up required after having eight reindeer up on the eaves? You know someone named Blixen isn’t totally housebroken. Besides, Judd Apatow gives the gift that keeps on giving. By that we mean laughter, not the kind of gift that is cured with a trip to the pharmacy. Judd Apatow knows funny. And we’re fans of funny. If we remember anything from our LSAT prep class, it’s that if you like funny then logically you must like Judd Apatow, too.

Some of Judd Apatow’s new classic comedies like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared have been in heavy rotation here at IFC. In January, our schedule fills up with even more of Apatow’s shows: The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show. To help ring in the new year of great programming we present “The Twelve Days of Judd Apatow”, a daily look at the comedies that spring from the mind of Judd Apatow, like Athena but without the headache. Today, a few clips from our favorite episodes of Freaks and Geeks. We Wish You A Merry Judd Apatow!

Here’s a fun and wholesome past time:

And just in time for the holidays, The Sober Student Improv Players. Don’t drink and drive, kids!

Undeclared airs Fridays at 11 p.m. ET; The Larry Sanders Show premieres on IFC January 3rd at 11 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.

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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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