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Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin talk “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie”

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IFC: Clearly you guys have a small love for cannabis. In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of comedians come forward and have that stoner edge, if you will; like Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and there are movies like “Pineapple Express.” What do you think of the new people coming forward and using that angle for their comedy?

Chong: Pot has always been a very friendly drug. When you take a hit of pot, your first impulse is to give it to somebody, and that’s what we did. Humor’s the same way. We never ever expected to be the only guys to do stoner humor. We’re just really glad that we’re the first, and to really further the cause, be it Latino or the legalization of pot.

Cheech: Yeah, God told us to do it.

Chong: God did. I talk to God all the time.

Cheech: He appears in the form of a burning bush.

Chong: He appears in the form of my wife.

IFC: What do you think that the nation is missing out on because pot isn’t legal — other than being able to smoke pot?

Chong: They’re missing out on a ton of money, for one thing. But it’s a scam, see. They started the DEA, Nixon started it with an executive order, and they’ve spent some trillions of dollars fighting the weed and then haven’t even made a dent.

Cheech: All they’ve done is spread it.

Chong: Yeah, all they did, and they affected the whole world. The whole world’s been upset. That’s one of the reasons we have wars — alcohol-fueled, fear-fueled, oil-based wars. If you let the potheads take over, which we’re doing, we’re the meek that will inherit the world.

IFC: True that. Now I’m just curious: Who in the comedy world do you guys like right now? Who is making you laugh?

Chong: I guess Louis CK is probably number one right now.

Cheech: I don’t know if I follow any standup. I liked this guy, I don’t even remember the guy’s name. He was a Chinese guy and I can’t remember his name. I saw him on TV one night, he had a standup coming from a Chinese perspective, and he said he was taking a citizenship test and they had to ask him all of these questions and one of the questions was, “What is Roe vs. Wade?” And he said, “Name two ways of coming to America.” [laughs]

Chong: [laughs] “Row” versus “wade.”

IFC: That’s awesome.

Cheech: CRS, right.

Chong: Can’t remember shit.

IFC: Tommy, what is it about Louis that you find intriguing?

Chong: Louis CK? He’s on the edge. He’s like [Sam] Kinison and Steve Martin and all these guys rolled into one.

Cheech: He’s the comedian of the time right now, of the moment.

Chong: Yeah, of the moment. You know who else I really love is that girl who writes “Girls.”

IFC: Lena Dunham.

Chong: Yeah, I think she is a genius. A genius with comedy, with everything. I mean, no one’s funnier. I mean, her show, Cheech you’ve got to see it.

Cheech: I’ve seen it!

Chong: It is funny. A funny, funny show.

What are your thoughts on Cheech & Chong? Who is your favorite comedian right now? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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