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The 10 Funniest TV Stoners

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In the olden days of television, pot smoking was usually depicted in a “Just Say No”/”Very Special Episode” context. But as times changed, so did television’s attitude towards our baked brethren. Stoners stopped being bad news, and started being our dopey, snack loving friends. With That ’70s Show coming to IFC,  join us as we honor some of the funniest stoners in TV history. 


10. The gang from That ’70s Show

That ’70s Show was far from the first sitcom to use stoner humor, but it may very well be the first to put the potheads front and center. To get around the network censors, the ’70s gang just skipped the whole smoking part, and jumped straight to being stoned. As marijuana legalization spreads, never forget to thank pioneer Ashton Kutcher for convincing your parents that getting high with your buddies in the basement was normal.


9. Daniel Desario and Ken Miller from Freaks and Geeks

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Freaks and Geeks is remembered as the launching pad for a generation of comedy actors and filmmakers, but never forget how honest it was in showing us the life of outcasts like Daniel Desario and Ken Miller, who liked to toke from time to time to forget their troubles. Like accidentally dating a hermaphrodite tuba player, or even worse, having to listen to disco.


8. Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development

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High school kids aren’t the only ones who like to smoke a spliff. Oscar Bluth was an aging hippy with some seriously bad luck, but there was one thing (besides getting frisky with Lucille) that could always mellow him out.


7. Otto the Bus Driver on The Simpsons

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Granted, a stoned metal head may not be the first person you’d want driving your kids to school. But while Otto may not be the best at his job, he’s held it for 25 years, so he must be doing something right. Originally conceived by cast member (and Spinal Tap bassist) Harry Shearer, Otto is a fan of all kinds of illicit substances and once announced at an AA meeting, “My name is Otto. I love to get blotto.”


6. The boys of Workaholics

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Weed is so prevalent on Workaholics, we’re shocked it doesn’t get its own billing. Bored? Smoke weed. Need to motivate? Smoke weed. Need to chill? Smoke weed. Want to smoke weed? Smoke weed.


5. Towelie on South Park

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Oh, Towelie. Just 17 years old in towel years, and already so troubled. Originally introduced as a “RG-400 Smart Towel,” who moonlighted as an alien spying device, Towelie has had a hard life. Taking the edge off with a little sweet cheeba isn’t the worst thing in the world, but when you start to self medicate, it might be time to get some help.


4. Taco MacArthur on The League

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When you start keeping guest bongs in friend’s and families’ houses, you’ve probably crossed the line from stoner to drug addict. Not that we’re judging. Whatever Taco’s deal is, he seems to be keeping it together. You don’t become CEO of TacoCorp by accident.


3. Abbi and Ilana on Broad City

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Ilana may be the first character on this list to hide weed from a drug sniffing dog in her lady business. That’s some serious commitment to the stoner lifestyle.


2. Doug Wilson, Andy Botwin, Tara Lindman, ah, pretty much everybody on Weeds

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When your show is called Weeds, you’re probably going to have a character or two who likes to partake. That’s just common sense. But it seems like everyone on the Showtime series has taken a toke over the years. Heck, even Mary Kate Olsen’s conservative Christian character avoided booze and sex, but loved to smoke a little herb.


1. The Reverend Jim “Iggy” Ignatowski on Taxi

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The burnout who started it all, Revered Jim represented all the baby boomers who never quite made it out of the Sixties. In fact, a now classic episode of the show revealed how Iffy first went astray, thanks to some tasty pot brownies (and some peer pressure from Tom Hanks, naturally).

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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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