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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino, 1997, (c) Buena

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Even if you’ve seen Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino go back to school, you can probably still find new nuggets to enjoy in their classic comedy.

1. The film grew from a stage play.

The film is based on an original play by eventual screenwriter Robin Schiff called “Ladies’ Room,” which featured Romy and Michele as marginal characters and took place entirely in a Mexican restaurant bathroom during happy hour. Legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling was the original financier of the play.


2. Lisa Kudrow really knew the Michele character.

Prior to her fame on Friends, Kudrow originated the role of Michele in “Ladies’ Room” when it premiered at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood in 1988. Kudrow got the part in the play because both she and Schiff were members of the LA-based comedy troupe the Groundlings, and she continued to play the character onstage until the movie was released in 1997.


3. Romy and Michele really existed in a bathroom somewhere.

The idea for the characters of Romy and Michele first came to Schiff when she overheard a banal, cliché-ridden conversation between two women in a bathroom at a fashionable Los Angeles club.


4. Romy and Michele were originally destined for a sitcom.

But their creator didn’t think audiences would tolerate the characters.


5. The film’s rookie director had comedy chops.

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion marks the directorial debut of David Mirkin, who previously worked as a writer on the TV shows Three’s Company, Newhart, and The Larry Sanders Show but is perhaps best known for his Emmy-winning work on The Simpsons.


6. Homer Simpson makes a quick cameo.

The show that Ramon and the service workers are watching on TV when Romy comes to get the car is the “Deep Space Homer” episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to space.


7. Sorvino was fresh off of an Oscar win.

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion was the first movie actress Mira Sorvino chose to appear in after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite.


8. The Larry Sanders Show got Janeane Garofalo her part.

Garofalo was chosen for the role of the chain-smoking Heather because she previously worked with Mirkin on The Larry Sanders Show, and he thought her trademark dry wit would be perfect for the role.

9. The amazing costumes also had stage roots.

All of the flamboyant costumes in the movie are from costume designer Mona May, who had also designed the costumes for the San Francisco production of the original stage play “Ladies’ Room.”


10. Justin Theroux played the mysterious Cowboy Clarence.

It was just his second movie role.


11. You can spend the night at Romy and Michele’s place.

Their apartment building on Venice Beach in Los Angeles is now a hotel called The Venice Suites. It’s located at 417 Ocean Front Walk.


12. The high school wasn’t really in Tucson.

Exteriors of Romy and Michele’s “Sagebrush High School,” supposedly in Tucson, Arizona, are actually Valencia High School located in Santa Clarita, California.


13. Quentin Tarantino’s fake brands are sprinkled into the film.

Big Kahuna Burger and Red Apple Cigarettes make appearances.


14. There are several possible explanations for the Tarantino nods.

Tarantino and Sorvino dated for a time during the ‘90s. Romy and Michele’s Production Designer Mayne Berke is also friends with Jerry Martinez, the designer who created the fake brands for Tarantino.


15. Arthur Fry did in fact create the Post-It Note.

But he did not attend business school as Janeane Garofalo’s character says.

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Forget Oscar

Find Your Spirit Animal

The Spirit Awards are LIVE this Saturday at 2p PT/5p ET.

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In just a few precious days, the greatest, most epic, most star-studded awards ceremony of the year comes to IFC.

And please, we’re definitely not talking about the Oscars. We’re talking about the Spirit Awards. Hosted by iconic comedy duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, it’s a relatively under-the-radar awards show with serious cred. And if the past is any indicator, we’re in for a wild night.

If you feel like doing your homework, you can find a full list of nominees and performance excerpts here. It reads like a who’s who of everyone that matters – those larger-than-life personalities with status that borders on mythological. Our celebrity spirit animals, if you will.

This isn’t hyperbole. Literally everyone who takes the stage at the awards show is spirit animal material. Let’s see if we can help you find yours…

Do you

Live in someone else’s shadow despite shining like the sun? Do you inexplicably vandalize your pretty-boy good looks with a sloppy-joe man bun and a repellent pubic-hair beard? Do you think sounding stoned and sounding thoughtful are kinda the same thing?

Congratulations, your spirit animal is Casey Affleck.

He’s the self-canonized patron saint of anyone who’s got the goods but doesn’t give a damn.

Do you

Have mid-length hair and exude a certain feminine masculinity that is universally appealing? Are you drawn to situations that promise little to nothing in the way of grooming or hygiene as a transparently self-conscious attempt to conceal your radiant inner glow? Does that fail miserably?

Way to go, your spirit animal is Viggo Mortensen.

He’s the yoga teacher of actors, in that what should make him super nasty only increases his curb appeal.

Do you

Get zero recognition for work that everyone knows is unrivaled? Do you inspire greatness in others yet get shortchanged when it comes to your own acclaim? Are you a goddam B-52 bomber in an industry of biplanes?

Bingo, your spirit animal is Annette Bening.

What does it take for this artist to win an Oscar? Honestly now, if her performance in 20th Century Women doesn’t earn her every award on the planet, consider it proof that the Universe truly is a cold dark void absent of reason or compassion.

Do you

Walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with a room full of friends? Have you been hiding under the radar just waiting for the right moment to leap out into the spotlight and stay there FOREVER? Do you possess the almost messianic ability to elevate Shia LaBeouf’s on-screen charisma?

You guessed it (or not), your spirit animal is 100% Sasha Lane.

If you haven’t seen American Honey, then you haven’t heard of her. She came out of the blue with a performance both subtle and powerful, and now she’s going to be in all the movies from this moment on. Or she should be, at any rate.

Don’t see your spirit animal there? Worry not. There are many more nominees to choose from, and you can see them all (yes, including Shia LaBeouf) during the Independent Spirit Awards, this Saturday at 2pm PT/5pm ET only on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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