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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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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.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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