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David Cross promises “meta, meta layers of hilarity” in new “Arrested Development”

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Sure, “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be awesome. And “Django Unchained” looks pretty freaking cool. But the upcoming project we are hands down absolutely most excited for is the new season of “Arrested Development.”

Fortunately, we aren’t alone in that. IFC recently had a chance to chat with David Cross, the world’s favorite analrapist, while he was promoting his movie “It’s A Disaster” during the Los Angeles Film Festival. Despite the fact he plays a normal character in that movie, he’s ready to blue himself all over again when he reprises his role as Tobias Funke.

“It’s a character that I love and a great group of people that I look forward to working with again, and it’s a Mitch Hurwitz script so it’s going to be fucking meta, meta layers of hilarity,” he said.

Since we have visual proof that “Arrested Development” is being written, we know that there are actual, real, not speculative ideas for the upcoming season and movie floating around, though we aren’t privy to them yet. Apparently Cross knows some of them, though series creator Mitch Hurwitz would probably hunt him down if he told any of the ideas to us.

“Mitch and I talked about it the last time we were together, which was in Vegas for this Netflix thing, and told me some of the ideas,” Cross teased. “I can’t say anything for obvious reasons and I won’t say anything but they’re all great. I’m really, really chomping at the bit to do this stuff.”

Even though he can’t tell us what actually will happen in the new season, we did manage to get Cross to talk about which actors he’d like to work with more in the new episodes. Tobias storylines typically circle around his wife Lindsay, daughter Maeby and brother-in-law Michael, which means there are plenty of untapped Bluth family members left for him to harass work with.

“I would think that for comedic purposes, I would like to see Tobias and Lucille,” Cross said. “I think just writing-wise, comedic-wise, I think Tobias and Lucille would be funny.”

He continued, “I’d also like to see Tobias and George Sr. because I thought there was a bit of an untapped idea there when we were in prison because Tobias so clearly needs love and attention and a father figure and validation and George Sr. clearly, for understandable reasons, does not like Tobias at all, so I thought those two together would be kind of fun too.”

And now it’s that fun time where we get to move on to speculation. Everyone had their own favorite secondary character they wanted to see again when we pulled together our list of faces we’d like to see return for “Arrested Development’s” fourth season, and even Judy Greer teased who she’d want to see again. We asked Cross the same question, and weren’t too surprised to find out he wanted to see Kitty Sanchez again as badly as we do.

“I can say without hesitation that it would be Kitty, not speaking in how it will work in the show, but I’m just such a huge fan of Judy’s and I love her and I love working with her and she’s just such a fucking funny, brilliant, talented, nice lady,” he said. “I really, really enjoy hanging out with her so, for selfish reasons, I would say Kitty.”

But that’s not the only secondary character he’d want Hurwitz and the rest of the “Arrested Development” team to hunt down and bring back for the next season. “I would also say the horse I got to ride in the episode with Martin Short. I got to ride a horse, so I’d like to bring the horse back,” Cross said. Can we start that Internet campaign right now, please?

The last we heard, the new 10-episode-long season of “Arrested Development” is going start shooting over the summer and be released all at once later this year. That hopefully will lead up to a movie hitting theaters at some point in 2013, though we’re beginning to be doubtful that that will actually happen.

Are you as excited for new “Arrested Development” as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.