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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.