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Jim Carrey versus The Gun Lobby

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Jim Carrey certainly knows the media’s g-spot. His new Funny or Die video “Cold Dead Hands” can only be properly construed as a blistering yet brilliant attack on the gun lobby. If one doubts that simplefact– why would Carrey alienate a percentage of his audience? — one need only to venture into the Twittersphere. There, in under 140 characters apiece, Carrey quickly clarified his opinion on the gun lobby at the social network on the same day that the video dropped. “G’morning! Hope you’re enjoying Cold Dead Hand.FYI, my bodyguard doesn’t have a hundred rounds in his clip.I wish u all a bullet free day! ;^},” @JimCarrey tweeted, drawing immediate ire from the right-Twittersphere.

It is a risky move, clearly — one that could alienate him from a pro-gun audience, the NRA members around the country who potentially might go see the next Jim Carrey comedy. It is a particularly risky move considering that: a) Jim Carrey isn’t at a particularly high point in his comedic career at the moment, and b) Carrey is looking forward to a sequel to “Dumb and Dumber,” which could use some repeat business from most of the film’s original fans.

Already in the Twittersphere, Carrey is taking a bit of a beating (no surprise). Most of the political sites – including CNN’s Political Ticker – picked up the story. Comedian @greggutfeld, host of Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox — over 194,000 Twitter followers — immediately took to the Twittersphere, blasting Carrey. “Comparing @jimcarrey to Charlton Heston is like comparing a wart to the Sistine Chapel,” Gutfield tweeted, adding a YouTube video of Charlton Heston defending civil rights in the 60s. He added, “Would @jimcarrey ever do a video mocking gangs for all the gun-related homicides? No. his cowardly desire for acceptance prevents it.” Gutfield then spent the rest of Monday afternoon attacking Carrey. FoxNews contributor — do you see athe recurring theme? — and Townhall.com founder @KatiePavlich also voiced her displeasure on the microblogging site. @KatiePavlich tweeted, “You know what I love about Twitter? Elitist snobs like @jimcarrey get to be held accountable by the people they don’t think matter #2A.”

It didn’t stop there; it never does. Michelle Malkin — over 496,000 followers — who has an opinion on everything, chimed in. “#NewJimCarreyMovie: ‘Bruce Al-Gun-Grabby’ and other suggested hypocrite Jim Carrey films,” @michellemalkin tweeted. In this viral era, there are already video lambasting Carrey’s “hypocricy” from the right side of the American political spectrum. Human Events, an old school right site, also attacked Carrey.

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“Cold Dead Hands” is a brilliant send-up of 70s Western tough guy macho. The take on Sam Elliott at about 4:20 in is genius, with a smidgeon of gun control messaging. Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, John Lennon and Sam Elliott all appear in cameo in the video. But it is the macho, pro-guns, God-and-country type that takes the brunt of Carrey’s comedic venom (the video was written and directed by Charles Ingram and Nick Corirossi).

What is “Cold Dead Hands”? It is, in a sense, one of Carrey’s most ambitious, risky moves, one that could alienate him from the pro-gun constituency, but a move, in turn, that could take himtowards the edginess that his career has perhaps needed since its highlight in the 1990s. The video also smacks of the sort of comedic stunts that Andy Kaufman used to do, mocking his audience – confrontational. Carrey was – and is — a big fan of the highly experimental comedian Kauffman, who himself was a big fan of “professional wresting” as an entertainment form. Kauffman was intrigued by translating the wrestling formula of getting people to pay money to see the wrestlers they hate get beaten upinto the realm of comedy.

Is this a new Jim Carrey, propelled by the thus-far lackluster performance of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”? Am I being too cynical? That is the $64,000 question. But if it is, and we are witnessing a newer, edgier and more confrontational Jim Carrey, one that is not afraid to show a little bloodlust in his comedy, then I, for one, am all in. Go, Jim, go.

What did you think of “Cold Dead Hand”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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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.