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Broke-Ass Stuart’s top 5 moments that you won’t see in the series

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Making Young, Broke & Beautiful was such a fantastic experience. Not only did I get to visit six great American cities, I also got to meet interesting and odd people wherever I went. And those are the kinds of folks I tend to gravitate towards anyways, no matter if I have a camera crew following me or not. While each episode of YBB is packed to the brim with wonderful scenes, we were limited to making a half-hour program. Unfortunately this means some truly incredible moments were left out. What follows is five of my favorite moments that didn’t make the final cut:

1. Irma Thomas and George Porter Jr.:
Getting to hang out with two people whose music I dig so much was amazing. I was even a little nervous at first, which is weird because I never get nervous. We ended up talking for nearly and hour, but only a couple minutes made it into the episode. The part of the conversation that that stuck with me most though was when we were talking about Hurricane Katrina. George told me that the night after the hurricane, while half the city was underwater, the band scheduled to play the Maple Leaf Bar came in, set up a generator and played their show anyways. George and Irma explained that that was pretty much the heart of what it means to be from New Orleans; that no matter what happens, you gotta give people the music because it will help heal their souls.

2. Larry D’Mongo:
Larry is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He’s a black dude from the streets of Detroit who used to run drugs on a serious level. Now though, he’s an honest businessman who runs a bad ass bar and completely believes in the rebirth of Detroit. He’s both street smart and has an incredibly intelligent. At one point, once the cameras were (unfortunately) done rolling, me, Larry and a few others were having a drink at the bar. Somebody brought up China and Larry said, “China? Man I spent two years in jail in China in the 70’s”.

So I responded, “Larry, what the hell did you do to end up in jail in China?”
Larry: “Man, it was a case of mistaken identity”
Me: “Mistaken identity? Come on Larry, how many brothers were walking around China in the 70’s?”
Larry: “At least two!”

That’s currently one of my favorite stories to tell. It’s brilliant and hilarious.

3. Al Kapone:
Al Kapone is a rapper from South Memphis who’s worked with the Three Six Mafia and whose music was prominently featured on the “Hustle and Flow” soundtrack. There’s a scene in the Memphis episode where Al and I are riding around in the back of a ’55 Caddy and getting a tour of Memphis by Tad Piercen. What didn’t make the cut though was that right when Al got in the car, he sat down, said, “Hold on. I gotta get more comfortable,” and then pulled his gun out from his waist band and set it on the floor of the car. I was like, “Well, I guess that’s happening”.

The weirdest part for me though, was not that Al was strapped, I used to run with some real crazy motherfuckers back in the day. The weirdest part was that you can legally carry a concealed weapon in Tennessee, as long as you have a permit, which Al did. This is evidenced by the fact that every bar I went to had a sign outside that said, “No Firearms Allowed Inside.” Blew my mind!

4. T-Model Ford:
In the Memphis episode we take a little road trip to Clarksdale, Mississippi, the place the blues was born. While there I get to hang out with T-Model Ford, a 90+ year-old blues legend. T-Model was playing at Red’s, a real deal juke joint where the music was great, the bar was divey, and the patrons were strange. Especially Tyrone.

Tyrone was weird and wild-eyed, he’d obviously been drinking all day, and while he was really excited about getting on camera, he kept saying, “I better not see myself on TMZ!” He was a big cat too, probably 6’3, and was the kind of drunk where we weren’t sure if he was gonna turn violent or keep high-fiving and hugging us. He ended up staying in high-five mode, but he was drunk enough that as we were leaving, I heard him call T-Model, T-Mobile.

5. The Arabers:
Arabers are horse-drawn carts that sell mostly produce throughout some of the poorer neighborhoods in Baltimore. Or maybe the Araber is actually the person selling the goods. I’m not sure exactly, but it doesn’t really matter; they are an amazing part of the history of Baltimore and, as far as I know the horse drawn merchants left in the USA (that aren’t a shtick of course). I got to hang out with a particularly old Araber named Fat Back and his family, most of whom are also Arabers. He also demonstrated the famous call the Arabers are known for hollering from their carts. Unfortunately we had some technical problems or something like that and the footage never made it in the cut. Too bad. I really liked Fat Back.

Catch the premiere of Young, Broke & Beautiful tonight at 11/10c and watch every Friday.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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.