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Paul Rudd’s YouTube Greatest Hits

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If tomorrow’s release of the new Paul Rudd comedy “Wanderlust” is giving you a case of Internet wanderlust, and you’ve found yourself rambling around the web in search of funny Rudd clips, look no further. Here’s five of his best viral videos, each showcasing a different side of his talents. Pull up a chair, slappa da bass, and get ready to laugh really hard.


1. Paul Rudd: Effortless Straight Man

Judd Apatow has frequently cast Rudd as the calm at the center of a storm of deranged masculinity. He has a knack for being funny without making jokes, and for delivering jokes in a way that makes them sound off-the-cuff rather than scripted. Take, for example, this brilliant parody of LeBron James’ “The Decision” starring Rudd and Steve Carell. Watch Rudd’s poker face as he drops random names of people Carell might have already told of his major announcement (“Did you tell…Vice President Joe Biden?” “I just got off the phone with him.”). I don’t know how either one kept from cracking up.


2. Paul Rudd: Brilliant Improviser

Of course what makes Rudd unique is his combination of leading man good looks and a truly demented comedic mind. “Wanderlust” director David Wain — who’s cast Rudd in every one of his four films — likes to lull audiences into a false sense of security with Rudd’s handsome ordinariness, then blast them with sudden bursts of absurdity. I don’t know where this outtake from Wain’s “The Ten” about corporate coffee and sexual indiscretions came from — who knows, maybe it came from the screenplay — but Rudd imbues it with the authenticity of a ranting weirdo. You’ll never look at one of those cardboard cup holders the same way again.


3. Paul Rudd: Speaker of Gibberish

Rudd’s linguistic talents don’t just manifest themselves in epic runs like that one from “The Ten.” Some of his finest improvisatory work can be found in the outtakes sections of his DVDs, where you can watch him come up with one new line after another. In this compilation of alternate takes from 2009’s “I Love You, Man,” Rudd drops enough quotable material for two or three movies. I particularly like “I will be there or I will be not there.” That should have made the final cut.


4. Paul Rudd: Closet Musical Theater Nerd

Speaking of “I Love You, Man,” the film’s bromantic chemistry between Rudd and co-star Jason Segel extended beyond the screen to their press tour, where the pair promoted the movie by cracking each other up in interview after interview. There’s a famous viral clip where the pair each try to out-fart the other, but I’m more partial to this one, where Segel and Rudd show off some serious musical theater chops by singing an excerpt from “Les Misérables.” I know director Tom Hooper’s making a serious big-screen adaptation of “Les Mis,” but I’d rather see a version starring these guys.


5. Paul Rudd: Video Game Pitchman

It took a while for all of these wonderful facets of Rudd’s persona to emerge. He didn’t spring forth from the womb fully formed (it’d be kind of weird if he did). Before he was “Paul Rudd” he was a bar mitzvah DJ, a horror movie hero, and, most impressively, the star of this awesomely ’90s ad for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Now, of course, we think of Rudd as the lovable everyman, the last guy to put on airs or act cocky or cool (unless he’s doing it ironically). So it’s pretty amazing to see him as this guy: the badass in the flowing black overcoat, rocking out to “F-Zero” and “Sim City.” Don’t mess with Paul Rudd, man! He’s playing with power; super power!


What’s your favorite Paul Rudd YouTube video? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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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.

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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.