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Neil Patrick Harris At Tonys: Go See A Motherf*@#ing Broadway Show

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Whether or not you consider yourself a fan of the theater, there is one moment from last night’s 2011 Tony Award that everyone should see: Neil Patrick Harris rapping a wrap up of the awards. Watch below:

While fans of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog” know that Harris can sing, how exactly did the “How I Met Your Mother” star manage to perform a fully-formed rap complete with references to the evening’s winners, Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech and Brooke Shields’ flub? Did they wrestle the briefcase of tabulated results off the arm of some suit from an accountant’s office? Nope. The show’s producers tapped into the vast resources of the Great White Way and brought in some experts. Writer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Tommy Kail, both of “In the Heights” fame, holed up in the basement of the Beacon Theater and wrote the rap really really quickly while the show played on. By 11 p.m., Harris had managed to memorize the rap (while simultaneously hosting the nationally-televised awards show), tapped into his inner flow, and performed the piece perfectly. While Harris claims to be a rap newbie, Eminem could scarcely have done a better job.

The full transcript follows via WSJ.com:

If anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys you can say this: We straightened things out in the opening number; Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in The Normal Heart. Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt and we were so elated Even Vodemort was sad he wasn’t nominated Norbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch you, comin’ atchu Chasing Trey and Casey cause they nabbed a Tony statue Commencing in the Chattanooga station from the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee Andrew Rannells sang “I Believe” and he landed it So well now he’s Mitt Romney’s VP candidate All across the country from the North and to the South Are saying “Brooke’s a hottie with a crazy potty mouth” John Larroquette brought an elegant mood to the room I’m still imagining him at home in his Fruit of the Looms Spider-man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here They sang a ballad; we didn’t need our protective gear Patina Miller’s nuns sang “Raise Your Voice” with cheer And Memphis is relentless, they’re performing every year The Normal Heart won, Larry Kramer made us weep And War Horse dazzled us with a theatrical sweep Sutton Foster never lost her knack for talking smack and tapping a full-on assault attack, I’m awesome, Hugh Jackman take that Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to, I’m out of control, I’m on a roll, this is my Tonys speed through Anything Goes took the best revival prize in stride We didn’t see it, we were singing “Side by Side by Side” McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again Paul Schaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men Mark Rylance runs at fences, he’s won the Tony twice That guy can do it all, his follow-up is Fanny Bryce Norbert Butz and Mormon swept the floor, won even more awards than War Horse Par for the course, someone get a car for the horse And in the final analysis what survives tonight? Theater, because it’s what we live We’re changing some lives tonight And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak This isn’t reality TV, this is eight shows a week Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin’ Had to make miracles happen For a chance to see you clappin’ And applauding in the audience What’s next? Who knows Anything goes Now go see a mother [mumbled]-ing Broadway show

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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:

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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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SO EXCITED!!!

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.