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The Unofficial IFC Gift Guide

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Tick tock, tick tock. The number of shopping days in which you can safely get away without paying exorbitant overnight shipping fees and still get presents into deserving (or at least, greedy) hands by Christmas are swiftly trickling away. Whatever shall you buy your nearest and dearest to both say “I love you” and “There’s a recession on, bitches”? Don’t worry, IFC is here to help all you procrastinators and mall haters with your Christmas shopping needs. With our list and your credit card, while Santa’s still trying to cram that 96″ 3-D enabled plasma screen television down the chimney, you will be done shopping and sitting by the fireplace, cracking open an Old Style, chomping on a candy cane, and listening to rappers singing, “Ho ho ho.” And that is the true meaning of Christmas.

Here’s What to Buy To Make Your Friends Happy and Santa Jealous:

11. Tupac and/or Mickey Rourke Art. Heck, pay an artist to air brush them both onto the back of your acid-washed jean jacket.

10. Bob Dylan’s Hand-Written Lyrics. Perfect for your baby boomer parents who haven’t yet recognized that Kanye West is the new Bob Dylan. Or was it M. Ward is the new Bob Dylan? Or maybe Bob Dylan is the new Bob Dylan? Whatever, just buy it.

9. Porn. Every man in your family will totally get it. In fact, it would be on the top of their Christmas list if they weren’t convinced those little elves would swipe it for themselves.

8. Stocking Stuffers. People don’t hang their socks on the wall for nothing! Fill those puppies with a variety of excellent DVDs, including all the extras.

7. Red Faction: Guerrilla. Our resident gamer is playing a level a day of this game. Buy a copy so you and all your friends can play along at home.

6. A Geekgasm. When you give the geeks on your list the DVD trio of “Inception” “Cronos” and “Videodrome”, you are giving love and understanding.

5. A Field of Dreams. Or rather the field of dreams.

4. The 10 Best Straight-to-DVD releases of the year. Help your friends and loved ones increase their indie cred by introducing them to some excellent movies that weren’t shown at the local cineplex.

3. The Danny Elfman Music Box. You know you want it, so of course your grandma does too.

2. Wilco Coffee. Wake up to the fresh taste of Jeff Tweedy in your cup. Mmmm.

1. The Corleone Mansion. If anyone on your list claims they don’t want this, just call them “Fredo” until they change their mind. For infinity if necessary.

See also: Chuck Norris Gift Guide

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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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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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