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Chris Gethard Recaps His Adopt-A-Comic Experience

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My time with the IFC Adopt-A-Comic program has come to a close, and I want to thank everyone who helped make it happen. It was a fun, strange year and it has meant so much to me to be part of the IFC family. I think IFC is doing some of the most innovative programming in the world of comedy, and to be included as a small part of that has been humbling to say the least.

Here are some lessons I learned during my time as IFC’s Adopt-A-Comic:

1. More people will take something free just to have something free, even if it is a headshot with a random quote on it.


It makes no sense that so many of you asked for these. I promise, I am still getting them all out in the mail. I even had our intern on The Chris Gethard Show make out all the envelopes and put all the stamps on them and it’s still taking me forever. It’s overwhelming and terrifying and while I wish I hadn’t made the offer since it eats up so much of my time, I’m also flattered to know so many of you guys were interested in the first place. Also, I have a weird feeling my terrible headshot will hang in the homes of many strangers for years to come and that’s pretty cool.


2. People seem to actually be fine with New Jersey.


Based on the reaction to the videos we made about New Jersey, it is clear to me that Jersey is doing better public image wise than it used to be. No one really gave two shits and it makes me think that maybe Jersey Shore and the Real Housewives actually did the place some good? I don’t know. I just really like New Jersey. I have a chip on my shoulder and need to take care of it.


3. The Shining is a great film and a horrible experience.


When IFC forced me to live tweet The Shining, let alone in the middle of the night, I was actually and honestly furious. I do not like scary movies. We managed to make all of our interstitial videos to air during the Shining without me having seen the film. But IFC convinced me it would be funny to see the movie for the first time while sitting on the IFC Twitter account. It was funny to some, but really chilling and awful for me. I was alone when I watched it. I actually had someone unfollow the IFC Twitter account because I was tweeting out so much profanity. Also, a bunch of film bloggers started criticizing me for watching the film the first time while tweeting, which was a perfect combination of condescending and hilarious to me. Anyway, I didn’t make it all the way through the movie and I don’t think I ever will. I get that it’s great, but I don’t need those images in my head.


4. The ALF movie is a dream that could possibly come true.


I will not quit on this dream. Thank you all for your help on this one – every time we push the Alf button, people mobilize online and make hilarious gifs and posts and stuff – it’s really funny and the punchline can only be me making a cameo appearance in what promises to be an Oscar winning film.


Anyway, thanks again to everyone who enjoyed the stuff we made as part of this program. It was really fun to be able to throw ideas out into the world just to see what would happen. It’s not always easy being kind of a weirdo, and the fact that IFC was willing to give me a home and some breathing room to grow as a performer will always mean a lot to me.

I’d like to specifically thank J.D. Amato and Sady Cohen for all of their help. Sady produced a ton of the content we came up with and made so much of it happen. She was also the one who thought of making me live in a trailer in a couple’s backyard during South by Southwest which was surreal and fun and which I already remember as one of the best weeks of my year.

J.D. works with me on tons of my stuff and is the brains behind The Chris Gethard Show, these videos, and so much more of my creative output. He makes it all happen and I am fairly certain that in the coming years he is going to take over the world and people are going to say “Why did that guy waste so much time working with Gethard?” He is a good friend, a trusted confidante, and a brilliant creative mind.

I hope you enjoy the final Adopt-A-Comic videos. JD said he wanted to really push Alf one final time and also put out some behind the scenes footage that would show “What it’s really like to make an Adopt-A-Comic video with Chris Gethard.” I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the creative process behind our work as much as I enjoyed putting in the work. I have the honor and privilege to work with tons of hilarious, hard working folks, both on and off camera, and consider myself blessed for the opportunity.

Thanks IFC family, for everything.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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