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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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We’ve made it! Memorial Day weekend! But before we can complain that it’s over too quickly, take a moment to bask in the pre-break lack of productivity and enjoy some lighthearted videos.

From Hank Azaria channeling Chief Wiggum and other Simpsons characters while talking to college grads to “Shark-spert” Jason Alexander sharing questionable shark facts, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Kermit Informs Fozzie Bear That They’ve Been Canceled

It’s never easy to see someone receive bad news, much less a Muppet. But if anything, Kermit’s poise and acceptance during a time of crisis is impressive, admirable even. Fozzie Bear, on the other hand, reacts with greater similarity to how we would: with baseless anger and utter despair.


2. Jason Alexander Offers Shark “Fin Facts”

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3. Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke Confirms Dothraki Is a Real Language

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With a career spanning five decades, “Weird Al” Yankovic has defined the song parody genre and become a beloved pop culture icon. Starting June 3rd, you’ll be able to catch him as the brand new Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader Fridays at 11P on IFC.

We recently chatted with Al about joining Scott Aukerman on the new season, his upcoming tour, favorite CB!B! characters and his future dream projects. (Hint: it might involve actors spontaneously breaking into song.)

The Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader gig seems like a natural fit for you. Did it take any time to get acclimated?

Weird Al: Yeah. It’s a slightly different skill set. The accordion is my main act, but I don’t use it on the show at all. It’s a keyboard setup. The actual setup is a little bit of a combination of what Reggie [Watts] had and [Kid] Cudi had. And a few extra things thrown in. So I’m trying to do my own version of what they brought to the show.

You’ve been on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and the show many times. Do you have a favorite CB!B! character?

Weird Al: I’d probably have to say Doctor Time. Every time Scott wants me to do an evil character, he’s always got a bad English accent. [Laughs] Any time my character goes evil, he becomes sort of British.

Any favorite guests you’ve worked with?

Weird Al: Gosh, I love them all. Paul F. Tompkins is always fun. His Andrew Lloyd Webber character, Cake Boss, everything he does. And Andy Daly as well. They’re so versatile and so amazing at improv. That’s the one thing I was a little nervous about because I’ve never been super confident with my improv skills. But Comedy Bang! Bang!, particularly the TV version, is good for that because it’s all heavily edited. So it kind of gives me permission to try out whatever comes to my mind, so if it really sucks, they’re not gonna use it. [Laughs]

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Your upcoming tour is a continuation of your Mandatory Fun tour from last year. Any new elements to the show?

Weird Al: Well, it is the same tour, so it’s not that much different. I might freshen some video a little bit. I’m hoping to use a bit or two from the current season of Comedy Bang! Bang! and slip that into the show somewhere.

The tour starts June 3rd in St. Petersburg, Florida and ends September 24th at Radio City Music Hall. How do you keep up the pace? 

Weird Al: It’s just a mindset. I’m really only working for two hours a day, so I basically just save up my energy for the show. I relax, surf online, watch satellite TV, read a book, rest my voice, and then give it all I got when I’m onstage.

Looking back at your vast song catalog, was there ever a parody that came to you immediately upon hearing the song?

Weird Al: Yeah, that’s happened a few times. More often than not, I have to think about it and analytically work out all the variations on a theme that I can and pick out the one with the most potential. But there’s been a few times where the idea came to me spontaneously. I think the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video, before it was even over, I thought, “Oh! I gotta do ‘Fat’! Super-plus-sized actors trying to get through a turnstile on a subway! I gotta do that!”

Do you have a favorite of your many hilarious videos?

Weird Al: Oh boy, it’s hard to say. “White and Nerdy” has been my biggest hit and that was a really fun video to do. But in terms of making a video, “Tacky” was really fun to do because it was so easy and I got to work with amazing people like Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Kristen Schaal, Eric Stonestreet, and Aisha Tyler. And we knocked it out in a couple of hours. We were having so much fun while making it, I kinda wish we weren’t so efficient and professional. [Laughs] I could’ve done that all night.

Was it filmed all in one take or was it stitched together?

Weird Al: That was all one take. Some people say, “Oh, I see where the edit is,” but it was all one shot. We did a total of six takes, and I think four of those takes were usable, but the last one was the best.

And you were directing while performing?

Weird Al: I directed that one, yeah. We location scouted and found a building in downtown LA that I thought was good for the shoot. I’ve since seen that building in a lot of other movies and TV shows — I think it was used in The Big Lebowski and a few others. It was difficult because I start the video in one set of clothes and I also end the video in a completely different set of clothes. So while the cameras were off me, because there’s only one elevator in the building, I had to run down five flights of stairs, quickly change my clothes, and hit my mark for the end. And after the take, we’d all just watch what we did, and say, “OK, let’s do it again.”

Is there a director you’d love to work with in the future?

Weird Al: Oh gosh, yeah, but I mean, music videos are notoriously low-budget so that’s why I end up directing them myself. [Laughs] But I’d love to be in a movie codirected by Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.

Do you have a particular genre of music that you love parodying the most? Or is it more of the moment and different for each song?

Weird Al: It doesn’t necessarily revolve around personal taste so much. It really depends more on the song than the genre. But I found rap songs tend to lend themselves to parody, mostly because there’s a lot of words to play with. A lot of pop songs are repetitive, and that’s sometimes been an issue. With rap, there’s no shortage of syllables to mess around with.

Given that you’ve been so prolific and done so much, is there any type of art left that you’d like to dip your toe in? Dramatic acting, perhaps?

Weird Al: Well, if Spielberg and Tarantino want me for their film, I wouldn’t want to turn them down. But there’s no burning desire to do drama. I love doing comedy and feel comfortable doing that. Writing a musical might be something I do down the line. I don’t know when but I might take a shot at something in that area. Other than that, I’ve done pretty much all I wanted to do in my life so far. A lot of it not successfully. [Laughs] But I took a stab at it and feel gratified by that.

You’ve had such a eclectic career in music and comedy. What do you attribute your longevity to?

Weird Al: [Laughs] I don’t know what I’d attribute the longevity to. There’s a modicum of talent, but it’s mostly because I surround myself with very talented people. I’ve got a great support group, I’ve got the same band since the early ’80s, and I’ve worked with the same people for decades. And I got a very loyal fan base and I love what I do. And somehow I’ve been very lucky and it’s worked out so far.

Watch “Weird Al” in an episode from the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! right now, before the season premiere on Friday June 3rd at 11P.

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