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The 10 Funniest Boy Band Spoofs

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For those too young to remember, there was a time when boy bands ruled the airwaves. Every band was exactly the same (basically four Justin Timberlakes and a token dude with questionable facial hair and dreads), and yet somehow they all topped the charts and had their videos played incessantly by Carson Daly on MTV’s Total Request Live. To celebrate Comedy Crib’s new series Boy Band, here are some of the funniest takedowns of boy bands we’ve ever seen. Gurl, you best watch them all.

10. Boyz 4 Now, Bob’s Burgers

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New Girl‘s Max Greenfield made his boy band debut in this Bob’s Burgers episode, which found young Louise Belcher horrified to realize she has a crush on a member of the pop band Boyz 4 Now after reluctantly attending one of their concerts. But with tight lyrics like “When I see you/I fall apart like a zombie/I got too nervous to ask you out to the prom-bie,” who could resist? She has a heart people, and it beats for the Boyz. For now at least. 


9. 2gether

Boy bands were peaking in 2000 when MTV commissioned their first full-length movie, a parody meant to knock the genre down a peg or two. With songs like “U + Me = Us (Calculus),” and “Say It (Don’t Spray It),” it would’ve been hard to take 2gether seriously, and yet their first album charted at 87th on The Billboard Hot 100. So, this begs the question: did people love them for mocking boy bands, or just confuse them for one?


8. Dudez-A-Plenti, Late Night with Conan O’Brien

Conan knew there was no easier money than boy band money. Get some cute boys, a pun-y band name and some winking vows of celibacy, and you’re in business. At least, that’s what he thought. Turns out, no matter how many Ritz crackers you pay them, if they don’t nail it by the rehearsal space’s 4:30 step class, you’re in deep trouble.


7. Party Posse, The Simpsons

Leave it to The Simpsons to weaponize boy bands. Lisa was the first to find something suspicious when Bart, Nelson, Ralph and Milhouse were recruited to join a new boy band called Party Posse. It was only when she played their one and only song’s chorus backwards did she realize that “Yvan eht Nioj” was really just a subliminal way to recruit for the Navy. Whether it’s to steal the young and dumb’s money or have them join the military, there’s no way anyone would release this crap without an ulterior motive.


6. Mumtown, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Mumford and Sons may not want to relive their younger years, touring shopping malls as the boy band Mumtown, but for mute member Jimmy “Mum” Kimmel, who wasn’t allowed to sing, those were the best days of his life. Sadly, it would be the nonsensical lyrics of the Kimmel penned “I Am My Heart” that would finally drive the boys apart for good.


5. Boy Band, Comedy Crib

Comedian Brett Davis (The Special Without Brett Davis) is behind this Comedy Crib series about an aging boy band member looking to reclaim his former glory by discovering the next One Direction. (You can check out more episodes of Boy Band here.)


4. Sev’ral Timez, Gravity Falls

It’s not easy creating the perfect boy band. Just ask super producer Ergman Bratsman, who grew identical boys in test tubes, and brought them together to form Sev’ral Timez. But if you think that’s all it takes, you haven’t worked out the budget for the cages you have to keep them in between gigs, or how much it costs to grow a new one when they misbehave. Why does no one ever have sympathy for the cutthroat mangers? They’re the ones who have to get the treadmill and bait the meat so the boys will run long enough to create some electricity around here!


3. 7 Degrees Celsius, Saturday Night Live

7 Degrees Celsius, SNL‘s take on the boy band phenomenon, are so hot, we should be watching them through a hole in a paper plate. With a sound described as “hardcore gangsta rap mixed with hip-hop mixed with You Can’t Do That on Television,” they’re music is really timeless. Don’t take our word for it. Just listen to their love ballad “AOL” and be transported to a simpler time.


2. Boyz-12, American Dad!

Boyz-12 began when Steve’s friend Snot’s Uncle Lou merged members of  “Boy Bomb,” “Boy Jam” and “Boyz With Mouthz” to form a supergroup. They had a good run, until Uncle Lou heard about a new band, “Boyz 13,” and shot himself in the head.


1. Fingerb*ng, South Park

It’s no shock that Cartman’s decision to form a boy band had little to do with his love of music. Instead, his goals were clear — land beautiful women and make $10,000,000. He named the group after that fake gun shape people make with their fingers, because, why not? Surprisingly, the group (and the name) became a huge hit with the band’s female audience. Who would’ve guessed so many people were fans of, um, going “bang” with your hand?

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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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