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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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New Nasty

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.

The-Craft

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.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.