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Mark and Jay Duplass and Judy Greer talk life after “Jeff, Who Lives At Home”

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“Jeff, Who Lives At Home” may be a studio film, but it still feels as small and personal as any Duplass brothers project. The movie was praised for drawing new performances out of its leads — Jason Segel and Ed Helms — by placing them in roles that were twists on the characters that they have become known for.

In the months since “Jeff” hit theaters in limited release, it’s found a niche audience and earned a positive response from critics. At an event in Los Angeles promoting the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the movie, Jay Duplass admitted that he was surprised at the divided interpretations its drawn those who have seen the movie.

“A lot of my friends have called, and … a lot of people will be like, ‘Yeah man, you made a beautiful movie about the reality of the universe and that destiny is real and that everything is interconnected, and I’m glad that you did that,’ and then I have my other friends that are like, ‘Dude, you made the funniest fucking movie about those idiots that think everything is connected in the universe. It’s like, yeah, you keep holding on to anything for long enough, it’ll eventually come true,'” he said. “Everyone thinks that their own conception is like what we intended or created or whatever. It’s been really wild. I never know what people are going to say about it.”

The party was held at the appropriately titled Basement Tavern in Santa Monica, and if he had been there, Jeff would approve. Some of his insights were scribbled up on the wall in chalk, Buffalo Trace bourbon was the well whisky and “Signs” was playing on one of the bar’s television screens. Even wood glue was passed out at the end of the night so that the attendees could complete the journey that Jeff embarked on in the movie.

The logline of the film– a slacker stoner gets sent to buy wood glue for his mother but ends up discovering his destiny while spending the day with his jerk brother — might not seem like its something that would appeal to all audiences, but the deeper messages of the movie and intimate way it is told make it something that can connect with many people. Duplass said that it is a goal of his and his creative partner Mark Duplass‘s to tell stories that are very personal to them.

“It’s about issues that are near and dear to us,” he explained. “We’re obsessed with family, we’re obsessed with like just the whole concept of believing in something big and how hard do you have to work to get it, should you force it or you should you let it come to you?”

Mark, also present at the party, agreed with those sentiments. “While a stoner living in his basement who’s obsessed with the movie ‘Signs’ isn’t someone that people can immediately connect with, the core of him as this guy who wants more for his life and believes that there’s something great out there for him, I guess there’s a sweetness and a comedy to that that I think, I guess I’ve learned, do connect broader than just the specificity of his character,” he said.

Judy Greer, who plays the potentially adulterous wife of Helms’s character, said that this is a project she’s been attached to since the get-go. She’s been happy with the success it’s seen, and is always pleased to promote it to anyone she can talk to.

“I have been enjoying all the people who go see it who genuinely love the movie,” she said. “It’s so easy for me to tell people to go see it because I’m so proud of it, and I rarely really pitch my own work because it just doesn’t feel right to do, I feel like other people should do it, but with this movie I just love talking about, I love telling people to go see it.”

Her greatest moment following the film’s release came when she heard it mentioned on Sirius XM radio.

“I listen to Sirius XM New in my car obsessively, and I love like this moment when they were playing our song that fucking Beck made for our movie, which is bananas, so then my first thought is like, ‘Oh my god, Beck has seen me in a movie! How cool is that?’ Beck knows my work. That was the first thing. And then the DJ was like, ‘That’s the song for “Jeff, Who Lives At Home,” it’s so awesome, really awesome movie, you guys should go check it out,’ and I was like, ‘I’m in that movie!'” she said enthusiastically. “I wanted to call in.”

Judging by the chemistry and good relationship present between Greer and the Duplass brothers, it clear that they enjoyed working with each other on “Jeff, Who Lives At Home.” And with the Duplass’s movie “The Do-Deca-Pentathalon” coming out on July 6, they now have time to look forward at future projects. Jay said that he and Mark had been talking to Greer about teaming up on another movie as recently as that night.

“I can’t tease anything yet [points at Greer], but there are some definite things in the works,” he said.

It will likely be a change of pace from their typical films, as well. Apparently after some prodding from their wives, the Duplass brothers have decided it’s time to make a movie with a female lead.

“We’re early in our careers and we’re two dudes who are desperate, so we’ve been making movies about that lately,” Jay explained. “Our wives are kind of like, ‘Enough with it. Enough with it. Let’s make some movies about some people who don’t have balls.'”

“Jeff, Who Lives At Home” comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 19.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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