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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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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

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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.