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10 Excellent Things You Didn’t Know About the Bill And Ted Movies

Catch the Bill & Ted movies this month on IFC.

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You can keep your Terminators and Doctor Whos — when it comes to time travelers, there can be only one. (Well, two.) To kids of a certain age, the bodacious boys from San Dimas were the only time travelers that mattered. With their hit film, “bogus” sequel, and Saturday morning cartoon, these SoCal slackers taught us to always be most excellent to each other. With Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey airing this month on IFC, we thought we’d take a most outrageous trip through some of the weirdest, wildest facts about the movie. Party on, dudes!

10. Sean Connery Almost Played Rufus.

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The studio initially wanted someone like Sean Connery to play Rufus, the time traveling mentor to Bill and Ted. It was only after shooting had begun that George Carlin was approached, out of desperation, and the rest is history.


9. The Movie Originally Ended At The Prom.

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The ending of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is an all-time great. (San Dimas High School football rules!) But it almost didn’t happen. In fact, a different ending was shot where the boys give their presentation in class, and then take the princesses to the prom. Thankfully, it didn’t test well, and the ending was reshot to give the film a more epic climax. Alex Winter, for one, is glad they went with the new ending, although he doesn’t really remember much about those prom scenes: “I have no memory whatsoever, I just remember thinking that the bigger ending was better.”


8. The Time Machine Was Almost a Car.

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The script originally described the boys’ time machine as a 1969 Chevy Van, before the filmmakers realized they might get knocked for ripping off Back to the Future. They then swapped it with the now legendary phone booth, supposedly making the most heinous mistake of not realizing how similar it was to Doctor Who’s iconic Tardis. Oops.


7. The Phone Booth Was Given Away In a Nintendo Raffle.

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To promote a Bill & Ted video game for the NES, Nintendo Power Magazine gave the actual time traveling phone booth away as a prize. The winner was teen Kenneth Grayson, who later told Reddit that he became a local celebrity thanks to the time machine, and has even had sex in it a time or two. Excellent!


6. Bill Almost Had To Chill With “The Weasel.”

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Buena Vista Pictures

Pauley Shore, unsurprisingly, auditioned for the role of Ted, before thankfully lost out to fellow mellow dude Keanu Reeves. Awkwardly, Shore hosted an MTV special, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Premiere Party in 1991, and supposedly cornered Reeves in a backroom to vent about his failed audition.


5. Keanu Thought He Was Playing Bill.

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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were put through countless auditions to land the lead parts in the movie. Finally reaching the finish line, Winter noticed something was off with Reeves. “We’re sitting in the office waiting to meet the producers for the first time and I’m pretty jazzed and he’s miserable,” Winter said. “I’m like, ‘Dude, what’s wrong? We finally got it….And he’s like, ‘Yeah, but I’m Ted.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re Ted. That’s awesome.’ He was like, ‘I thought I was Bill.’ I was like, ‘What f—ing difference does it make? For god’s sake, they’re completely interchangeable.'”


4. One Of The Screenwriters Is The Son Of A Sci-Fi Legend.

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Warner Bros.

It shouldn’t be a shock that Chris Matheson, who co-wrote the script with Ed Solomon, is a fan of science fiction: His father was legendary sci-fi writer Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend.


3. Babe Ruth Was Supposed To Join the Fun.

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Universal Pictures

The original screenplay saw a few more historical figures squeeze into the phone booth. Babe Ruth was supposed to be kidnapped, along with Charlemagne, or “Charlie Mange” as the boy would have called him.


2. Keanu and Alex Winter Are Still Most Righteous Friends.

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In a Reddit AMA from a few years ago, Winter said that he and Reeves are still close friends. In fact, they once wandered into the middle of the NYC Halloween Parade after dinner, only to have someone walk by and say “Hey look, it’s two old, fat guys trying to be Bill and Ted.” Keanu also supplied the narration for Alex’s acclaimed 2015 documentary Deep Web.


1. Bill And Ted Are Coming Back To The Big Screen.

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Orion Pictures

Winter and Reeve aren’t content to leave their head-banging alter egos in the past. In fact, Winter told Forbes magazine that prospects for a third film were “looking good.” Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are back as writers, and, of course, Reeves has agreed to strap on the air guitar one more time. Who should play Rufus? Our pick for an actor/comedian who could honor the legacy of the great George Carlin: Louis C.K.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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