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Do These Hilarious Goodfellas Spoofs Amuse You??

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Every once in a while a movie so distinctive, so iconic, comes along just begging to be spoofed. Be it the larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue, or savage beatings for mentioning a stint as a shoeshine boy, the elements easily lend themselves to comedy — sometimes just based on reference alone. Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas is one of those movies. But like the shower scene in Psycho or Darth Vader’s paternal revelation in The Empire Strikes Back, Goodfellas sparked such a parody abundance that it became hard to find the good among the lame.

Fortunately, we sifted through the chaff to come up with these six best Goodfellas spoofs. Enjoy!

6. “Raging Rudolph” (MADtv)

There’s something about Scorsese’s flashy ultra-violence that mixes so well with family-friendly productions. Perhaps it’s our innate desire to see our cherished childhood friends curse, flirt, and kill, because this Goodfellas-inspired parody of the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is very satisfying to see. That’ll learn them reindeer for mocking a birth defect!


5. “The Goodfeathers” (Animaniacs)

Much like the frequent Sesame Street parodies that use strictly adult fare as a source, a few recurring characters in the madcap children’s show Animaniacs represent the trio of leads from a movie that (hopefully) kids haven’t seen. And yet, young or old, viewers can appreciate a quick-tempered cartoon pigeon flipping out over innocuous comments, whether the source inspiration was seen or not.


4. “Baldwin’s Mob Buddies” (Saturday Night Live)

In the cold opening to a 1993 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (remember when they were a thing?), Saturday Night Live turned Scorsese’s long take of the Goodfellas goons into a rogue’s gallery of outlandish Dick Tracy street toughs. There’s Jimmy Five-Times (who says everything five times), Nick “The Puppet” Lamponi, and Out-of-Focus Eddie. And maybe it’s our obsession with everything Norm Macdonald, but we’d watch a feature-length spinoff starring Richie Pause-And-Shout.


3. “Contemporary American Poultry” (Community)

It didn’t take long for the cult comedy series Community to establish its trope-spinning style by taking every genre imaginable and turning them inside out. And by the time the show hit its 21st episode, viewers knew Dan Harmon’s deep pop culture knowledge would be represented on screen. In “Contemporary American Poultry,” the Greendale gang corner the chicken finger market and quickly learn the thrill of power and corruption like a certain Lufthansa crew.


2. “Bart the Murderer” (The Simpsons)

Voiced by the indelible Joe Mantegna, there was no question that the Simpsons character Fat Tony would become a regular by his first appearance. In this classic third season episode that spoofs Henry Hill’s rise in the ranks, Fat Tony and his cronies hire Bart for his inherent mixology skills and lead him into a life of organized crime. The characters became so rife for parody that actual Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero sued Fox for $250 million for allegedly stealing his likeness for the character Louie.


1. “Pallies” (Mr. Show)

Watching a gangster movie like Goodfellas on TV is always a blast. Chock full of not-safe-for-network content, these films regularly have to be edited down — or better yet, awkwardly dubbed over — to meet the strict policies of the FCC. (That’s why you should always watch it uncut on IFC!) And here, the team at Mr. Show spoofed the practice of lesser networks by using an infamous scene in Goodfellas and censored it to the point of inscrutability, proving they’re a bunch of funny “mother-father Chinese dentists.”

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.