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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

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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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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

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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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.