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Your Guide to the Funniest April Fools’ Day Pranks on the Web

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April 1st is the official day for showing people just how completely untrustworthy you are by pranking them mercilessly. It’s a day where the world collectively decides to partake in predictable pranks on par with dad-joke level humor. For the most part, most people wake up already programmed not to believe anything anyone tells them, which makes this the worst day ever to break any important news. And sure, once in a while a prank can go horribly wrong. Like fake breaking up with your boyfriend only to learn he really wanted to dump your ass anyway and was relieved you did it first. Awkward.

But some people do manage to be entertaining, even if you’re fully aware that they’re full of sh*t. Check out some of the better April Fool’s jokes we found today.

Google Maps gets gamified

Google has created the ultimate time waster with this year’s April Fools’ prank. They modded Google maps, turning it into an instant Pac-Man game playable anywhere in the world.

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Funny or Die Dips

Funny or Die launched what they hope to be the most revolutionary breakthrough in online comedy aimed at anyone who loves to laugh but has a very minimal attention span, aka everyone who uses the Internet. Dips takes the shortest, quickest, funniest 1.5 seconds of anything and loops them over and over and over and over and over… until you die laughing or burst into an annoyed rage and break your computer.


Pizza Hut Scratch & Sniff menu

Apparently the Pizza Hut in the UK is a bunch of little scamps, because they dreamed up this gem of a prank. Ironically, considering some of their most recent menu items, this actually seems like a decent idea by comparison.

Not to be outdone, Pizza Hut US unveiled the ultimate pizza beer:


Selfie Shoes

Miss Mooz got into the pranking spirit a few days early when they announced their newest shoe, Selfie Shoes. This sounds like something that’s bound to become a real thing any day now.


Back to the Future Reboot Trailer

The folks at IGN go into the April Fools’ spirit by dropping this fake Back to the Future movie trailer. This super clever faux film mashes up the ’80s classic with the never-ending Fast and Furious series. Don’t get any ideas, Hollywood.


Elgoog

Google lives to make all of us the April Fool. In addition to their Pac-Man Google Maps and announcing things like the keyless keyboard in Japan and the Smartbox by Inbox, they’ve also launched Elgoog, which is Google, backwards. Too bad Google Glass wasn’t just a prank, huh guys?

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MS Dos Mobile

Microsoft teased that they were taking cellphones old school with MS Dos Mobile. They went all out and even made an app for this one. Knee slapper!


Amazon Vintage

Despite what people thought, Amazon Dash was very real. Instead for April Fools’, the company went old school by reverting their homepage to its 1999 look. The prank is pretty elaborate when you consider that all the items listed on the homepage are as they were 16 years ago.

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Space Date

VH1 spoofed their many, many cheaply produced dating shows by taking the genre to the most logical next location — deep space.


Hulu Pets

Now you can binge watch with your furry friends thanks to new Hulu series Clawed City, Bone Appetit and more.


Angry Birds Gets Gritty

It’s a bad time to be a pig…


Every News Organization Gets Wacky

Because the line between real and fake news is ever dwindling, pretty much every major news organization became The Onion for a day.

The Sun claimed Simon Cowell’s face will appear on the $5 note.

Cern confirmed that their researchers had discovered The Force.

Daily Telegraph reported that Qatar has been awarded a place in the 2020 European soccer championships.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is become a luxury hotel, according to The Telegraph.

Check out more funny stuff over on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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