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Meet Your IFC @ SXSW Hosts: Comedian Chris Gethard and Yeasayer’s Chris Keating

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas, it’s SXSW. That’s right the annual music, film, and interactive conference that takes Austin, Texas by storm each year is gearing up to do it all over again. You know we’re going to be there bringing you the best film interviews and music performances and even introducing you to the guys who fill the pipes and tubes of the internet. Check out the IFC Crossroads House schedule here and make sure to write down the change of address. This year we’re staking out Vice Bar in the heart of the action at 302 East 6th Street. You’ll want to make a note of it because we’re have an incredible line up including Youth Lagoon, Built to Spill, Citizen Cope, Delta Spirit and a DJ set by Andy Rourke of The Smiths.

As anyone who has been to (or witnessed via live stream) SXSW, the volume of incredible acts, must-see bands, need-to-know start-ups, and buzzed about films is nothing short of awe-inspiring verging on overwhelming. Because we care, we want you to know that we would never leave you unsupervised and alone to face the massive the SXSW schedule. Nope, we are providing you (free of charge!) the best tour guides around to make sure you find the best that SXSW has to offer. So who are these hosts with the mosts? Leading you through the Film and Interactive portions of the conference is comedian Chris Gethard who you may recognize as the co-host of our Spirit Awards live chat. Taking your hand for the music portion is none other than Chris Keating of the indie darling band Yeasayer who put on one of the most buzzed about performances of last year’s SXSW. Don’t say we never did nothing for you.

Chris and Chris took some time out of their busy schedules making people laugh and dance respectively to answer some very important questions about SXSW.

Ten Questions for Chris Gethard:

Who has the best tacos in Austin?

I don’t know who has the best tacos in Austin! I will find out while I’m in town. I can say that in my time passing through Austin in the past, I’ve found out that Threadgill’s has the best chicken fried pork chop. Pretty psyched to try that one again.

What is your favorite doughnut from Gourdough’s? (If you haven’t been there, you are doing Austin wrong and I will take you when we are down there.)

Apparently I am doing Austin wrong. Please take me when I am down there.

What films and panels are you most excited to see?

I am watching a lot of films as part of my duties for IFC, and was super psyched to get an advanced copy of Nelson George’s documentary on Magic Johnson. I’m a big NBA fan and loved it. Being that I’m already throttling through a bunch of flicks for the job, any films I manage to watch on top of that while in town will be icing on the cake and what not. I just want to get down there and hit the ground running, which is probably a really bad plan, but that’s my goal – stumble into as much cool stuff as possible while in Texas.

How many times have you been to SXSW?

This will be my first time at SXSW. I’ve been to Austin a few times before and always found it to be one of my favorite places in America – the only city I can imagine living in besides New York. And that was without SXSW. I can’t imagine how fun this town is going to be with all this nonsense going on.

What is your current favorite Tumblr?

My friend Jake Fogelnest, who is a DJ at Sirius radio thsese days, runs a very entertaining tumblr. Most of it consists of his views and recollections on pop culture, plus him getting into dozens of fights with teenage followers of his. I dig that. I respect it.

You’re hosting the interactive portion of SXSW for IFC, what does your browser history look like? Would you let your mom see it?

I would absolutely not let me mom look at my browser history. That’s an insane question. I barely want to look at it myself. It’s got a lot of NBA blogs, comedy nerd websites, Google searches of myself, and all the other stuff you would expect. Yes, even some of that stuff.

What was the last movie you saw?

Project X. My girlfriend was convinced it was going to be good. I was unconvinced. I remain unconvinced.

Breakfast tacos, yes or no?

Breakfast tacos? Maybe. Breakfast burritos? Hell to the yes.

Did you get Kraftwerk tickets?

Nope. This year I will unfortunately not get to ride the Autobahn.

Who are you excited to meet at the IFC house?
Anyone who will talk to me. I am a shy, nerdy dude and I’m psyched and flattered to be a part of things.


Ten Questions for Chris Keating:

Who has the best tacos in Austin?

I like Torchys. The one in the trailer park.

How many doughnuts can you eat in one sitting?

How many doughnuts can I eat in one sitting? Who am I, Rush Limbaugh? One Doughnut is plenty.

What bands are you most excited to see?

The ones that the blogospere agrees are “hip” and “new” and “the next big thing”

How many times have you been to SXSW?

This is lucky #4

Is Yeasayer playing shows this year? If so, how many?

We are playing 9 shows, each day, in every aisle of whole foods.

Are you a Fred or a Carrie?

I’m a Cred Farrie

Are you the father of Snooki’s baby?

I use 2 condoms when fornicating with anyone from The Jersey Shore

Breakfast tacos, yes or no?

Eh…. Whatever.

Did you get Kraftwerk tickets?

No. Stop rubbing it in.

Who are you excited to meet at the IFC house?
The Boss.

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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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