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A Look Back at the Funniest Moments on Mad Men

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It’s the end of an era — bygone or not. This Sunday marks the final episode of the critically acclaimed, award-gobbling powerhouse Mad Men. Just shy of 100 episodes, the series captured all the major social, political, business, and sexual issues of the ’60s and ’70s and deftly related them to the topics of today. Without a doubt, Don, Peggy, Roger, Joan, and the rest will be sorely missed and will leave behind a heart-shaped hole in our programming schedules.

But as the seventh season draws to a close, and with it the lives of a few dozen characters as familiar as close family members, we take a look back at the 10 funniest and goofiest moments immortalized in animated GIF form.

10. Peggy’s Personal Roller Derby

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Backed by a boozy Roger on the organ, an equally tipsy Peggy glides across the frame on a pair of roller skates as carefree as a pixie. Encapsulating the dizzy, grinning state right before passing out, it’s the perfect GIF to express a fun and innocent night of binge drinking.

9. Roger Finds a Soulmate

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And speaking of drinking, Mad Men did little of anything but. Set in a time when folks washed down their corn flakes with gin, the show was essentially a substance abuse group meeting with a wardrobe budget. And here, Roger finally finds a drinking buddy that could actually keep up.

8. Ken Busts a Move

8. Ken Dancing
Feeling the high of a speed-based cocktail, this tap dancing Ken Cosgrove GIF is a delight. Appropriate for caffeine-fueled all-nighters or the tackling a bevy of errands with the energy of a freight train, this image celebrates the elation one feels after finishing all your work for the day.

7. Pete Gets Decked

7. Pete Punched
Second only to Tyrion slapping Joffrey, this GIF of Pete Campbell getting punched nails that cathartic Schadenfreude of seeing a disliked character getting hurt. And after insulting Lane Pryce, cheating on his wife, and being just a general douche, we’d gladly let this image loop more than a few times.

6. Roger Shimmies Down the Hall

6. Roger Dancing
With no shortage of stunningly beautiful women on the show, who would’ve thought the most lithely sensual dance would be delivered by John Slattery? Seductively singing “Frère Jacques” with the passion of a French escort, Roger can clearly hold his own against an office filled with conga-dancing dames.

5. Don’s Mock Crying

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Got a friend who’s complaining about their $80,000 job or having to clean their 3,200-square-foot apartment? Well, here’s a GIF that could add a little introspection to their Facebook wall. Succinct and to the point, its only downside would be the image’s prevalence in online political arguments.

4. Don’s Actual Crying

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But as snark gives way to sincerity, occasionally we need a picture that depicts our protective walls crumbling as we surrender to despair. That, and it’s pretty funny to see Jon Hamm weeping. Even for someone who oozes cool masculinity out of every pore, sometimes a guy just has to turn on the water works.

3. Pete Takes a Tumble

3. Pete Falling
We all know what it’s like to have tempers flare beyond our equilibrium, and this GIF of a furious Pete stumbling down the stairs is a fantastic representation of being “too angry to stand.”

2. Roger’s Liquid Lunch

2. Roger Vomiting
Who hasn’t overindulged a bit during a work lunch? We can all relate to being a little too tipsy on the way back to the office, right? And how many times have we regurgitated our entire meal and drink orders in front of important clients? Too many to count! So for all of us who’ve blown multimillion-dollar deals because of one bourbon too many, this GIF’s for you!

1. The Lawnmower Reaction

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Arguably the most memorable moment in Mad Men’s entire run also makes for one fantastic animated GIF. Something as small and incidental as a runaway riding lawnmower driven inside an office can completely change the way a man walks for the rest of his life. It also ain’t too pretty for the bystanders drenched with an arterial spray. Still, as horrific surprises go, this one’s pretty damn funny.

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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

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

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
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Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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