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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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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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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.