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10 Hilarious Moments In ‘Dad Bod’ Cinema

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With “Dad Bods,” the fitness trend that favors bellies created with six packs of beer over six pack abs, all the rage this summer, we thought it was time to pay tribute to some of the trailblazers of the gut — comedy dudes. We’ve all laughed at their mighty guts for decades now, and it looks like they’re getting the last laugh. Check out these hilarious scenes that show off the magnetism of the Dad Bod.

1. Seth Rogen, Knocked Up –  The Morning After the One-Night Stand

Seth Rogen waking up comfortably naked as Katherine Heigl looks on in disgust and bewilderment in Knocked Up after their one-night stand is pretty much the “Here’s Looking at You, Kid” of Dad Bod movie moments. The shot of Rogen’s butt while you hear him blissfully snoring was a brilliant decision as his butt is like Steve Carell’s face — it has an everyman quality that you normally don’t see in post-coital scenes on film. Sure, Ben Stone was a slacker with a body that says “I’m not above standing at a Taco Bell drive-thru at 2 a.m.with the munchies.” But his sweet disposition (with a little help from his awesome sense of humor) eventually won over Katherine Heigl’s heart.


2. Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall – The Break-Up Scene

Jason Segel has been using his body for great comic effect for years on How I Met Your Mother where Lily always wanted to break off a piece of his no-pack stomach, but in Forgetting Sarah Marshall his Dad Bod becomes a sad bod. Segel spends the movie trying to get over his ex-girlfriend, played by Kristen Bell, who breaks up with him in this hilarious scene after he drops his towel in their apartment. The beauty of this awkward moment is that it turns the typical movie breakup scene on its head by having an honest moment with him refusing to put his towel on while crying.


3. Will Ferrell, Old School – The Streaking Scene

“We’re Going Streaking” may be the rallying cry in this scene but what makes Frank “The Tank” one of the greatest characters in comedy history is his comfortableness in his drunken Dad Bod. Forget streaking — you have to be filled with drunken confidence to call Snoop Dogg “Snoop A Loop.” Whether it’s his chest hair or his classic pudgy core, nobody has a better body for comedy than Will Ferrell.


4. Owen Wilson, Hall Pass – Coffee Shop

It has been said that clothes make the man, and if that’s the case then the right outfit definitely helped make the Dad Bod on Owen Wilson in Hall Pass. Nothing says “I’m a suburban dad” like a t-shirt tucked into a pair of khakis. In this scene he proves that a dorky dad living in the ‘burbs can be way cooler than a hipster douche living off his parents.


5. Michael Keaton, Mr. Mom – My Brain is Like Oatmeal

Back in 1983, stay-at-home moms were way more common than stay-at-home dads, so it wasn’t outdated to make a comedy about a dad who’s forced to take over the household chores after he loses his job and his wife goes back to work. Nobody does frantic and funny like Michael Keaton, and he is hilarious in Mr. Mom as he teeters on the brink of sanity while trying to take care of the kids while the sexy divorced neighbor has an eye on his growing Dad Bod. In this scene, he pulls off the flannel shirt and beard look decades before Brooklyn dads jumped on the trend.


6. Mike Myers, Wayne’s World – The Bedroom Scene

If there’s one thing we learned from Wayne’s World it’s that “a flawless profile, a perfect body, the right clothes, and a great car can get you far in America – almost to the top – but it can’t get you everything.” Rob Lowe’s Benjamin had all of that going for him but he still lost out to Mike Myers’ Wayne Campbell, who won over the heart of Cassandra with the help of his trusted friend Garth. You think Tom Cruise in his prime could’ve won a woman’s heart with a tighty whitey wedgie? As if! Wayne might not be worthy of Alice Cooper but he knew how to woo the women of Aurora. Game on, indeed.


7. Bill Murray, Stripes – You’re Going Nowhere, John

After losing his job, his apartment, his girl, his car and his pizza, the Army seemed like a logical next step for Bill Murray in Stripes. This hilarious scene in this all-time comedy classic shows you that you can have a beautiful girlfriend if you wear a grimy sweatshirt all day and generally look like a guy who can’t do five pushups without collapsing. You just better have everything else going well for you, or else she’s going to leave you with nothing but your Tito Puente albums. Murray, along with his buddy Harold Ramis as Russell “I’m a pacifist” Ziskey, have the last laugh as they join the Army and get into better but still pretty average shape. They even use their slacker charm to pick up two sexy female MPs and save their platoon in one heavily armed recreational vehicle.


8. Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own – Dottie Does the Lineup

There might not be any crying in baseball but there sure are Dad Bods, particularly in the dugout. Right before Tom Hanks won the Academy award for Best Actor in Philadelphia and then again in Forrest Gump, he gained weight to play Jimmy Dugan, the coach of the Rockford Peaches in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Jimmy Dugan might be the quintessential Hanks performance as his comedic shouting rivals the legendary Gene Wilder in greatness. In this scene in which he rips up Betty Spaghetti’s baseball card in a drunken stupor, and mumbles incoherently in the locker room, he still manages to capture the attention of Madonna, even with a double chin.


9. Chevy Chase, National Lampoon’s Vacation – Clark Meets the Girl in the Red Convertible

Clark W. Griswold might be America’s favorite comedy dad and it’s only fitting that he’s played by Chevy Chase, one of America’s most quoted comic actors, who happens to have an all-time Dad Bod. Chevy is rocking a polo shirt, a Member’s Only jacket and Cousin Eddie’s white shoes when he finally talks to Christie Brinkley’s definitive ’80s babe. The moment when he realizes that he’s “in deep” and jumps into the pool, he’s taking every male viewer with him.


10. Jack Black, Nacho Libre – Pretty Much Every Scene

Jack Black has never been afraid to rock out with his stomach out. Whether it’s in Tenacious D or as the hero Nacho Libre, Black has always used his Dad Bod to great comedic effect.

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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.