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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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