Jon Hamm talks comedy, Jennifer Westfeldt and “Friends With Kids”


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Screw “Mad Men,” Jon Hamm has been killing it recently in the comedy department. There’s a reason the man has earned two Emmy nominations for his guest spots on “30 Rock,” been called back repeatedly to take part in “Saturday Night Live” and was specifically asked by Kristen Wiig to join the cast of “Bridesmaids”: he’s hilarious.

His new movie “Friends With Kids,” which was written, directed and starred in by his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, often toes the line between comedy and drama, but Hamm still gets the chance to let his sense of humor shine through in it. IFC recently had the chance to talk with Hamm about his relationship with the comedy genre and why he felt “Friends With Kids” was a story that needed to be told.

IFC: Has comedy always been something that you were drawn to, or is it a new avenue that you’re trying out?

JON HAMM: Oh, I’ve been a comedy fan for longer than I can remember, but I think the best comedy comes from a real place, or at least a place where you can kind of actively and quickly identify. You know, the kind of like sense of, “That happened to me! Ha ha!” That kind of shared experience. And I think that that’s kind of the tone that we’re trying to strike, is that real sense of being able to identify with a time in your life or a person in your life or a situation in your life where you just think, “Oh god, that happened,” or, “Oh, that’s so funny, that’s so real.”

IFC: So what was it in particular that drew you to “Friends With Kids”?

JH: Well, I happen to be sleeping with the director. [laughs] It was a script that Jen wrote kind of half of, and then put it away for a while. We would talk about it, and kind of talk about watching our friends go through this crazy time in their lives, and be like, “Man, what’s happening with those guys? Are they okay? Are they going to make it? Can we help? What’s going on?” And we just sort of watched these things happen and just decided it was kind of a good place to start telling a story.

And that’s part of every movie. You want to tell this story. What’s the story going to be? And the more we watched our friends go through this stuff, we realized, “Yeah, this is a real thing.” And it became the story that we told, and we were able to wrangle together this insanely talented cast, and tell this beautiful story.

IFC: With “Bridesmaids,” “Friends With Kids” and Judd Apatow’s new movie “This Is 40,” the focus seems to have shifted to telling comedic stories about 30 to 40-year-olds. Do you think that’s a shift that we’ll continue to see?

JH: Well I just think that we’re just getting older. [laughs] I think that there’s a lot of 16-year-old girls out there who are anxiously anticipating “The Hunger Games.” Unfortunately, this is counterprogramming to that.

I think yeah, sure, I mean I think we’re getting older and so the stories we’re telling are getting older, and eventually we’ll get so old that no one will want to listen to our stories. But hopefully we haven’t reached that yet.

Are you planning to check out “Friends With Kids” when it hits theaters Friday? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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