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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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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.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

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

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.