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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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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!

Sport Court

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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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