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Budget Cuts Threaten the “Ghostbusters” Firehouse

Budget Cuts Threaten the “Ghostbusters” Firehouse (photo)

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No! The New York Post reported yesterday that New York City is considering a proposal from Mayor Bloomberg to close 20 firehouses because of budget cuts. Among the firehouses slated for elimination is the one at 133 John Street in Tribeca. Officially, it’s known as Ladder 8. But movie lovers around the world call it the “Ghostbusters” firehouse.

For any fan of “Ghostbusters” — which, as far as I’m concerned, includes any rational thinking human on Planet Earth — Ladder 8 is one of the coolest places in New York, if not the entire world. To this day, it looks almost exactly as it did in the movies, and they even have the actual prop sign from “Ghostbusters II” hanging on the wall inside. Plus, they’ve got the coolest official T-shirt of any firehouse in existence. If the FDNY eliminates Ladder 8 and — GOD FORBID — tears down a piece of movie history, I will be inconsolable. I mean we could be in for a meltdown of Biblical proportions: Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together: mass hysteria!

So what can we do to save this place (besides buying a crapload of those awesome shirts)? Well it couldn’t hurt to contact Mayor Bloomberg and tell him what you think of the idea. You could remind him of how the Ghostbusters saved the city when Gozer took over Central Park West, or point how how he could be saving the pop cultural memories of millions of registered voters. Maybe you could point out that there’s a high voltage laser containment system in the basement, and that simply turning it off would be like dropping a bomb on the city. I guess you could even point out how important Ladder 8 is to its neighborhood and what a bad idea it is to eliminate much needed firefighters, especially in areas like Lower Manhattan, but what’s the fun in that?

Anyway, if you want to send Mayor Bloomberg a letter his address is:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

You can also send him an email here. Let’s show that prehistoric Mayor how we do things downtown.

If the worst happens, there’s one conceivable upside. Let’s say the FDNY does shut down Ladder 8. Now you’ve got an empty firehouse. That opens the door to paranormal investigators buying the property from the city — after sleeping in it, y’know, to try it out — and then opening their own business. Or, maybe more realistically, some rich dude who loves “Ghostbusters” even more than I do just turns it into a tourist attraction. I don’t care who owns it as long as the building still stands and it doesn’t fall into the hands of the EPA.

[H/T Movieline]


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.