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How Fletch Created the Modern Hipster

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You can take your Stallone and Schwarzenegger — when I think of what real manhood looks like, all I picture is the dimpled chin of one Irwin M. Fletcher. For children of the ’80s, no one defined cool quite like Fletch. He just didn’t give a damn, even if it repeatedly almost got him killed.

Smug. Sarcastic. Works his own hours, often in ratty clothes. You can almost trace an entire generation of slackers deciding who they wanted to be when they grew up the minute Fletch hit the screen. He’s like the Big Bang of disaffected hipsters everywhere. Here are just a few ways that Fletch F. Fletch himself helped create the modern hipster.

“Is Everything a Joke to You?”

Nothing is ever so dire that it can’t be answered with a joke. Need gloves for a murder? Just tell the guy you lease them, “with an option to buy.” About to be shot, remind the killer he’s “liable to lose a lot of those humanitarian awards.” If you take nothing seriously, life will never become serious.


Procrastination Can Be an Art Form

When one looks closely, it quickly becomes clear that Fletch is a man who will do anything to avoid doing his job. Camped out on a high stakes assignment for two weeks, the minute something else comes up, he drops everything and runs. Sure, making a quick $50,000 is better than wasting time on Facebook, but that’s just what separates Fletch’s procrastination from our own.

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Live the Lie

If Fletch taught us anything, it’s that if you lie enough, your whole life can become a wacky adventure. There’s no place you can’t go, no one you can’t be, if you’re willing to fib like a sociopath, and buy 49 cent novelty teeth (or an unfortunately dated afro wig) to back it up. Just ask Brian Williams.


Life’s an Inside Joke With Yourself

If you’re not amused, no one else will be. Sure, the likelihood your name is Mr. Babar, John Cock…tos…ton or Mr. Poon isn’t great, and will probably give you away, but if you can’t keep things light, what’s the point in succeeding? Fletch put narcissism on the map before Instagram was a twinkle in Donkey Kong’s eye.


Dress For the Job You Want

If you can’t do your job in the clothes you slept in last night, then maybe your job isn’t worth doing. Who am I, my father? Whether it’s a tattered Lakers jersey, or a Hawaiian shirt revealing just enough chest hair, Fletch was light years ahead of us telecommuters, putting in a hard days work without ever putting on pants. Fletch makes it clear that keeping comfortable is the most essential part of your job. Doing the work comes third, after endlessly hitting on every woman you come in contact with.

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Get Out on Top

The one thing about being flip with everyone and everything you come across is that it sometimes doesn’t age well. You have to keep a lot of balls in the air, or the world starts to notice maybe you’re not as clever as you think you are. As a generation of hipsters finally grow up, we should all remember the lessons of Fletch Lives. Know when to let it go.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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