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Get Psyched! 15 Little-Known Facts About BASEketball

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Don’t get psyched-out! Here are a few things you may not have known about 1998’s BASEketball, starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

1. BASEKETBALL WAS A REAL GAME THE DIRECTOR PLAYED WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER

Director, co-writer, and co-producer David Zucker and his friends invented the game BASEketball in 1982 because they were bored with playing regular basketball.


2. DAVID ZUCKER ORIGINALLY PLANNED ON MAKING A GAME SHOW

Zucker initially developed BASEketball as a TV game show modeled after MTV’s then-popular Rock ‘n’ Jock Sports. A pilot was shot with two competing teams of contestants, actors, and former sports stars. Chris Rock was the host.


3. THE MOVIE GREW FROM A FAILED BIOPIC PROJECT

Zucker, who had a development deal with Universal Studios, was working on a movie adaptation of the life of Davy Crockett, but that project fell through. Desperate to keep his contract, Zucker pitched a low-budget comedy idea based on his made-up game—it got the green light.


4. TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE WERE CAST AFTER SOUTH PARK BECAME A HIT

The filmmakers approached Parker and Stone to be in the movie after their animated series became the biggest hit in Comedy Central’s history.


5. BEFORE BASEKETBALL, PARKER AND STONE HAD PITCHED ZUCKER A TV SHOW

A musical buddy comedy about the biblical exodus called Aaron and Moses.


6. CHRIS FARLEY WAS ZUCKER’S FIRST CHOICE FOR THE LEAD.

Parker was cast after Farley tragically passed away in December 1997.


7. PARKER AND STONE HAD AN UNOFFICIAL HAND IN CRAFTING THE SCRIPT

Though they don’t have writing credits, Parker and Stone helped rewrite the script to make it align with their raunchy sensibilities. Stone’s character Doug Remer didn’t even appear in original drafts—he was only added after Stone was cast.


8. SQUEAK SCOLARI WAS PARKER AND STONE’S GOOD LUCK CHARM

Parker and Stone also added the sidekick character Squeak, played by their friend Dian Bachar. Bachar had previously appeared in Parker and Stone’s movies Cannibal! The Musical and Orgasmo, and would go on to lend his voice to background characters on South Park.


9. ZUCKER CAST BAYWATCH STAR YASMINE BLEETH WITHOUT EVER SEEING THE SHOW

He was simply impressed by her audition.


10. SOME SOUTH PARK CHARACTERS MAKE AN UNOFFICIAL APPEARANCE IN THE MOVIE

Parker delivers lines in the same voices he uses for South Park characters in some key moments. He uses Mr. Garrison’s voice to make fun of Stone’s character for helping a kids’ charity (the line is, “I forgot how much Douglas Remer cares about kids”). Then, Parker channels Cartman while trying to psych-out a Dallas player in the championship game by telling him how fat he is.


11. SPORTSCASTER AL MICHAELS THREATENED LEGAL ACTION OVER HIS ONE DAY OF WORK

When Michaels found out that fellow sportscaster Bob Costas was being paid $50,000 ($35,000 more than Michaels) for his one day of work on the movie, Michaels threatened legal action. He was eventually paid $60,000 for his brief appearance.


12. THE MOVIE SPAWNED ACTUAL BASEKETBALL LEAGUES

At least five official BASEketball leagues popped up around the country.


13. THE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES EMPLOYEES AREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS VERY WELL

During the scenes with Robert Stack in the Unsolved Mysteries offices, nearly all of the employees can be seen playing solitaire on their computers.


14. THE BEERS DO A FAMILIAR CELEBRATION

After winning the Denslow Cup, Coop, Remer, and Squeak do the “Mile High Salute,” a celebration favored by the Denver Broncos football team in the late ‘90s. Parker and Stone are both Colorado natives and lifelong Broncos fans.


15. IT SPAWNED ITS OWN INTERNET MEME

The expression “derp,” a variation of “duh,” was first used in BASEketball.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show premieres this summer on IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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