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Muppets Rap, a Classic Prince Memory and More of the Week’s Funniest Videos

This week we're remembering Prince in our round-up of the week's funniest videos.

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As another week ends, it’s important to blow off some steam with some hilarious videos. An entertainment appetizer, if you will, that’ll make the transition from work to play a little easier.

From a campy take on Marvel anti-hero the Punisher to a hilarious memory of the late, great Prince from a classic Chappelle Show episode, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Punisher ’66

The absurdly campy exploits of the Caped Crusader didn’t begin with Joel Schumacher — and they certainly weren’t as painful. The delightfully silly 1966 Batman TV series stood in stark contrast to the dark and brooding character we know Mr. Wayne as now. The sketch group Mrs. Woman imagined what the peppy music and hypercolor “Biffs!” and “Splats!” would look if applied to everyone’s favorite murderous vigilante. Check it out above, and click here to see all airings of The Punisher on IFC.


2. Dating Fashion from Boxed In

This week Boxed In, comedian Amy York Rubin‘s darkly funny take on dating as a “gay-ish” woman in Los Angeles, premiered on IFC’s Comedy Crib. A mixture of Broad City, Girls, and Transparent, it’s a richly funny series with Rubin as a standout comedic performer. Check out the episode above, featuring Alison Rich from the FOX late night show Party Over Here, where Amy can’t seem to find the right balance between a butch or femme look for others’ tastes.


3. The Foot Fist Way

Before Danny McBride walloped us with his unhinged Kenny Powers on HBO’s fantastic Eastbound & Down, the comedy star hit the ground running in another production with Eastbound co-creator Jody Hill: 2006’s criminally underseen The Foot Fist Way. McBride stars as a Powers-esque karate instructor and employs a familiar dunderheaded confidence that made the HBO series so hilarious. And as a gift to us all, Paramount has posted the entire movie to YouTube.


4. Muppets Sing A Tribe Called Quest

In a break from Mylo The Cat’s consistently solid Muppet mashups, YouTuber spunnywigg stepped up and delivered a fantastic mix of A Tribe Called Quest’s thumping “Scenario” with Sesame Street characters. The voices of Tip, Phife (RIP), and Leaders of the New School are attached to various Muppets throughout the song, but it’s the little details (like “How now, brown cow?” matched with a cow puppet) that make this video shine.


5. Chappelle Show’s Prince Segment

By now, you’ve probably pored through the complete Prince catalog at least a few times, so take a moment to dab your dewy eyes and enjoy one of the funniest, happiest, and strangely uplifting segments ever to appear on the hilarious Chappelle’s Show.

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SAG Life

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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Brock Hard

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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Oh Mama

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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