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10 Hilarious Beavis and Butt-Head Pop Culture Moments

Catch Beavis and Butt-Head Do America this month on IFC.

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If you want to see Beavis and Butt-Head, you can watch their MTV series or see their movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (airing this month on IFC). But what if that’s not enough for you? Good news, glutton! Beavis and Butt-Head made a handful of appearances outside their own universe. And we’ve got the videos and other fun stuff to prove it.

1. Late Show with David Letterman

Promoting their movie in December of 1996, Beavis and Butt-Head make it to network television. Folks in the studio may have just seen Dave speak to empty chairs, but through TV magic, viewers saw all three animated characters with big heads. Fun fact: Who had to follow Beavis and Butt-Head that night? Entertainment legend Neil Diamond.


2. Airheads

Think Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was the duo’s film debut? Think again. Two years earlier, the guys called in to a radio show in the heavy metal comedy Airheads, where Joe Mantegna accurately called them “dipshits.” It wouldn’t be the first or last time someone used that phrase in relation to the dimwitted duo.


3. Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving in 1997 and you’re stuck with your relatives. How to break up the monotony of football and embarrassing uncles? Switch from the game to MTV, where Kurt Loder is live with Beavis and Butt-Head. Opening with live coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the special segued into videos, interviews with Marilyn Manson, and of course B&B’s thoughts on turkey. In the words of our heroes, “God is great, God is good…and we thank him for our morning wood.” Amen, and praise be to The Great Cornholio.


4. Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse

What did Secretary of State Colin Powell think of the audience at an MTV town hall in 2002? According to the “Fun With Real Audio” segment on SNL‘s TV Funhouse, he saw them as two very familiar dumbasses. Though to be fair, bombs are cool.


5. MTV Video Music Awards

Beavis and Butt-Head were loyal to their cable channel, making multiple appearances on the VMAs. Among the more notable happened during the 1997 show in a running bit where the guys hold a press conference under the Brooklyn Bridge. And of course, Kurt Loder was there.


6. The Academy Awards

The VMAs are nice and all, but Beavis and Butt-Head made it to the big time with their appearance on the 69th Academy Awards. Sure, they were just there to present the Oscar for Outstanding Sound Effects Editing, but it’s a moment that Bruce Stambler will never forget.


7. Beavis and Butt-Head Comics

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

If you wish B&B would comment on other media, you’re in luck. The good folks at Marvel Comics gave the boys their own comic book in which they made fun of… Marvel Comics. The 28 issues were published from 1994 to 1996 and featured the boys reading comics instead of watching music videos, which led to such insights as “Punisher kicks ass.”


8. Scratch And Sniff Trading Cards

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Fleer

Not to be outdone in the paper-based collectibles department, Fleer released a set of Beavis and Butt-Head trading cards in 1994. In addition to the 150 regular cards in the set, collectors could chase a 10-card limited edition offering, with a unique and questionable “Sniffivation” feature –- finally, you could know what Beavis and Butt-Head smelled like.


9. Love Rollercoaster Music Video

The duo teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for this animated music video from the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack. If you’ve ever wondered what Flea would look like in animated form, this is the video for you.


10. Beavis and Butt-Head Meet Cher

The 1993 album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience featured head-banging tracks from artists like Nirvana and Megadeth interspersed with commentary from the boys. They also performed a duet with Cher, which led to the above music video which is strange even by ’90s Cher standards.

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Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that totally would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Price of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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