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A Bonnaroo Media Round-Up, Plus What Was The New York Times Thinking?

A Bonnaroo Media Round-Up, Plus What Was The New York Times Thinking? (photo)

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Speaking of the 10th Bonnaroo, this year’s massive Manchester, Tenn., festival produced a load of good media: Ben Ratliff’s commentary for The New York Times was slightly elliptical and very intriguing, like a set of elaborations carefully built from random notebook scraps. There’s the excellent stream of The Arcade Fire set, too, plus this charming video of Sharon Van Etten that offers an interesting look at a first time at Bonnaroo. This MTV piece is kind of cute, while this Philadelphia Inquirer brief hopefully keys in on an infusion of increasingly interesting hip-hop programing in major American festivals.

The most ponderous piece to come out of this year’s festival, though, might just be Carrie Jerrell’s “A Postcard from Bonnaroo: A Music Festival to Make Your Head Spin,” printed in the A section of Monday’s The New York Times. An English professor and poet, Jerrell offers an editorial that’s 635-words of gee-golly naiveté that, if she hadn’t led with the statement that she’s been going to music festivals for two decades, would probably lead most to believe that she decided to save the biggest festival for her first festival. She laments that it will never be Woodstock because of the need to stage multiple bands at once, and that the kids these days just don’t care about politics when they’ve paid a lot of money to listen to music.

She reserves the bulk of her piece, though, for an ambivalent consideration of the festival’s drug culture. “Transactions that could lead to a prison term on city streets are conducted openly here,” she says, writing with a trace of hesitation and wonder that mostly suggests she might want to join in, save for her need to be sanctimonious. Fact is, though, two people died at Bonnaroo last weekend, bringing the death count for the festival’s 10-year run up to 10. According to the most recent news reports, drugs haven’t been ruled out in at least one of this year’s deaths, a fact that makes Jerrell’s meaningless postcard even more frustrating. Instead of disapproval or acceptance or anything like an assertive opinion, we got a conversation with an older fan who brought his kids–or a ham-fisted suggestion that festivals of this size should be for everyone when, clearly, they aren’t.

What’s the best piece you’ve read about this year’s Bonnaroo?

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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….


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.


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:


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.

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