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Will Ferrell’s five funniest random media appearances

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Will Ferrell is, of course, a world class screen actor, but if you only pay attention to his movies, you’re missing some of his best work. When he’s not busy starring in surprisingly moving indie dramedies or all-Spanish soap operas, he’s usually off somewhere, doing something weird, with cameras in tow. In light of last night’s latest hilarious public escapade (see #1 below) we’ve compiled, annotated, and embedded some of our favorite Ferrell media appearances. Enjoy.


1. Will Ferrell: NBA Public Address Announcer

The New Orleans Hornets haven’t had a ton of star power since Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the start of this season, but they got a big boost in visibility when Will Ferrell stopped by last night’s game against the Chicago Bulls to introduce both teams. Riffing on the opening scene from his basketball comedy “Semi-Pro,” Ferrell welcomed each player with their own tidbit of hilarious (and blatantly inaccurate) information; Bulls forward Luol Deng, for example, collects rare birds and has a pet dolphin named Chachi. Even with Ferrell’s help, the Hornets still played about as well as Jackie Moon’s Flint Tropics; they got spanked 90-67 en route to their 22nd loss in 26 games. At least Will Ferrell still loves them sexy.

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2. Will Ferrell: Local Television Beer Spokesman

Ferrell made headlines earlier this week for his beer commercial during the Super Bowl. There are plenty of beer commercials during the big game, of course, but Ferrell’s for Old Milwaukee was a bit different: his aired on just one station — KNOP, in the nation’s second-smallest market, North Platte, Nebraska. This isn’t Ferrell’s first stab at weirdly niche beer marketing; last year, he started promoting Old Milwaukee in an inspired series of spots that aired solely in the Davenport, Iowa area (he later followed them up with a series from Terre Haute, Indiana). He might be a professional buffoon, but Ferrell’s no dummy. As one of the co-founders of Funny or Die, he understands viral media about as well as anyone. His Nebraska and Davenport commercials got him all the attention of a national campaign at a fraction of the cost. They’re sort of the Old Milwaukee of commercials: cheap but effective.


3. Will Ferrell: Minor League Pitcher

Ferrell’s connection to pro sports was well-established long before his NBA debut in the Crescent City. He’s made movies about NASCAR drivers and Olympian figure skaters, and back in 2010 he made his minor league debut as a relief pitcher for the Triple-A ball club the Round Rock Express. Appearing as the beer-swilling, chain-wearing, fight-starting Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson, Ferrell threw one wild pitch and was promptly ejeected and chased off the field. Ferrell’s conspirators in this endeavor were the Express’ brodcast team, who provided the perfect deadpan play-by-play for his shenanigans. (“Rojo Johnson sure looks a lot like Will Ferrell to me.” “No, not at all! Will Ferrell doesn’t have a mustache.”) Johnson who, according to a press release, “served time for running a smuggling ring that imported rare and illegal species of reptiles into the United States from South America during the mid-to-late 1990s” hasn’t been seen since. Speaking to reporters for MLB.com after the game, Johnson said that “mentally, I feel like I have the strength of 10 men,” so maybe he tried to fight ten men and they murdered him.


4. Will Ferrell: Sexy Leprechaun

You can always count on Ferrell do something interesting when he pays a visit to Conan O’Brien. Ferrell’s appearances on Conan back when Ferrell was still a repertory player on “Saturday Night Live” were legendary; his funniest and most infamous recurring bit was a vaguely defined yet oddly compelling character called “Sexy Leprechaun.” Ferrell would appear in green top hat, puffy silk belly shirt, and tiny green panties, and make O’Brien as uncomfortable as possible, typically by grinding on his desk to “traditional Irish music” (and by “Irish,” he meant “strip club”). When Conan celebrated his 10th anniversary on late night with a special show from New York’s Beacon Theater, Ferrell came out to congratulate him, dressed sharply in a dark suit. Then he peeled off what was actually a breakway costume to reveal Sexy Leprechaun underneath. Begorrah.

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5. Will Ferrell: Talk Show Crasher

Note: when you invite Will Ferrell on a talk show, expect the unexpected. Actually, even if you don’t invite him on, you need to be careful. Back in 2004, Ferrell was scheduled to appear on the premiere of John McEnroe’s CNBC talk show to promote his film “Anchorman.” While he was in the studio, he figured, what the heck, let’s stop by the neighboring set of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” and mess with their stuff. He pops in unannounced in the middle of a live broadcast to tease hosts Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera with jokes and weird come ons. (“Ooh, are we gonna make hot Spanish love right now?”) Before the crew could kick him out, Ferrell wet himself, hugged Griffeth, made out with “Mexican Sue,” and dissed the show’s prop computers. This clip is not to be watched while eating your own power lunch or you may spit it out in the process.


What’s your favorite weird Will Ferrell appearance? Tell us in the comments below or 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.