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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

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Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

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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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