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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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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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