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Let's Get Physical

10 Modern Masters of Physical Comedy

Celebrate America with a Three Stooges marathon July 4th starting at 6AM on IFC.

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In honor of America and our love of pratfalls, IFC is hosting a July 4th Three Stooges marathon. The three slapstick buffoons started a revolution of physical comedy, leading to some of the funniest characters in cinematic and television history. This Independence Day, pay tribute to the recent slapstick stars that made comedy visually hilarious.

10. Steve Carell

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Steve Carell’s Michael Scott is known for always saying the wrong thing, but he is also known for his hilariously awful impersonations and dance moves. While a lot of Carell’s best moments as Scott are ridiculous one-liners (“Do you think doing alcohol is cool?”), moments such as kissing Oscar and being “Prison Mike” are feats of physical comedic greatness.


9. Tina Fey

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Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon has a way with both hilarious zingers and slapstick goddess. A notable moment for Lemon was when she pretended to be a crazy old lady on the subway so no one would talk to her. Wherever Lemon is, we want to go to there.


8. Will Ferrell

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DreamWorks

There are a lot of Will Ferrell films that exhibit his funny physical side, but Old School is the one that showed the world he was up for anything.


7. Jim Carrey

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Universal

Carrey is similar to Ferrell in that any number of his movies portray his comedic slapstick (we had a hard time not putting The Cable Guy on the list). Liar, Liar is still one of his finest moments because for most of the entire movie, Carrey is in physical comedy haven. His slips and falls are all so painfully hysterical because of the sordid torture of having to tell the truth… all of the time.


6. Amy Schumer

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Universal

Amy Schumer for many years was known for her raunchy stand-up and television show, but her film Trainwreck was a perfect combination of insightful witticisms and over-the-top vulgarness. The scene in particular that proves her physical comedy chops is the horrifyingly hilarious almost-sex scene with the intern — Schumer’s character Amy is hilarious in the midst of being drunk, horny, and horrified.


5. Bill Hader

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IFC

Between SNL and his brilliant performances on Documentary Now!, it’s hard to choose just one moment from this master of physical comedy. But Little Vivvy from “Sandy Passage” is delicately hilarious in her small nuances, such as fidgeting with her sweatpant headdress and musing over memories while putting her fingers to her chin. Hader is also hysterical in a much bigger way as well, such as in Vivvy’s patriotic dance routine, the non-scripted fall through the ceiling and, of course, the terrifying murderous leap to the camera. Comedy’s never been so unnerving.


4. Melissa McCarthy

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Universal Studios

Speaking of unnerving, while Melissa McCarthy’s Megan Price in Bridesmaids was a scene-stealer with crude lines, her greatest strength in the film was her ballsy physical comedic performance. The most notable and disgusting scene will forever be haunting due to McCarthy’s painful screams and hilariously red face after the gang gets food poisoning. We’ll never go to a Brazilian steak restaurant before a fitting, that’s for sure.


3. Michael Richards

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Sony Pictures Television

Is there any other character in the history of television that has a more memorable entrance than Kramer? Richards seemed like he wasn’t even trying as Cosmo Kramer, and for that his physical comedy was flawless. Every entrance into Jerry’s apartment was jarring but giggle-inducing. Bigger storylines also played to Richard’s physical comedic strengths, such as when Kramer sets up the hot tub in his apartment. When the hot tub goes cold, Richard’s shivering Kramer causes tear-inducing laughter. “Giddy up!”


2. Steve Martin

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Universal Studios

Steve Martin is a force of all different kinds of comedy, from silly songs, stand-up and films. The silliest of which, for sure, being The Jerk. Martin’s slapstick carries the movie, the finest scene being when he is shot at while working at the gas station. “He hates these cans!”


1. John Belushi

The top of the list has to be the one and only John Belushi for his go-for-broke performances on SNL and as Bluto in Animal House. The man hardly has any lines but steals the entire show. From chugging a fifth of Jack to smashing a guitar (“Sorry.”) to vivaciously dancing in a toga to giving a passionate, yet historically incorrect, speech, each and every scene was a gem. The masterpiece, however, was the famed cafeteria scene, used by siblings to torture one another for decades to come. “I’m a zit! Get it?”

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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