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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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