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Drawers of Perception

Building IKEA Furniture on Acid, Virgnia Woolf Gets a Personal Assistant and More of This Week’s Best Videos

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We’re barely halfway through August and already this summer’s become an endurance test. Heat, humidity, and the dumbest rhetoric to ever be uttered in a political arena have all weighed on our psyche like a toxic spray tan. Fortunately, we have five hilarious videos to help us cross this week’s finish line.

From assembling IKEA furniture while on LSD to programmable toaster art, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. HIKEA


Sometimes the most brilliant concepts stem from the simplest idea. In the case of this video: What would it be like to drop acid and try to assemble IKEA furniture? That’s the intriguing yet dead-simple concept for the online reality series HIKEA — hallucinogens, vague diagrams, and lots and lots of umlauts. (The crippling giggles and existential revelations are just a happy byproduct.)


2. Documentary Now!: Choose or Else ’92

As we gear up for the brand new season of Documentary Now!, let’s take a look back (with the help of MTV VJ Tabitha Soren) to the pivotal election at the center of the season premiere episode, “The Bunker.” Dwarfing the media coverage of the presidential candidates that year, the Ohio governor’s race was the most talked-about election in 1992 thanks in large part to steely campaign managers Alvin Panagoulious and Teddy Redbones (who are dead-ringers for Doc Now! co-creators Fred Armisen and Bill Hader). But we’ll let MTV’s stellar “Choose or Else ’92” coverage fill you in.


3. Toasteroid


Problem: You’ve been crafting toaster stencils out of sheet metal since 3 a.m. only to discover your daughter isn’t into Pokemon anymore. What’s the family’s designated toast artist to do? Well, as long as this isn’t a Banksy stunt, the Toasteroid is here to help. As seen in the product’s Kickstarter promo, the Toasteroid allows users to craft their loaf portraits with the flick of a finger in a smartphone app. (Remember when we said the most brilliant concepts stem from the simplest idea? Ignore that.)


4. Billy West Quotes Donald Trump as Zapp Brannigan

Fearless, headstrong, and unconcerned with facts or logic, Futurama’s Zapp Brannigan has an arrogant, ill-informed swagger that’s awfully familiar to anyone following the chilling 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, the similarities spawned a Twitter hashtag #MakeAmericaBrannigan which highlights how Donald Trump’s bizarre statements sound fitting coming from the cartoon captain — even more so when actually spoken by Zapp’s voice actor, the great Billy West.


5. Virginia Woolf’s Personal Assistant


You don’t need to be a literary major to get a kick out of this short film about the harried work life of Virginia Woolf’s personal assistant. Tending to the troubled British author, comedian Gaby Dunn wades through piles of dirty clothes, siphons heavy stones out of a laundry basket — a grim reference to Woolf’s ultimate fate — and relays messages from Tilda Swinton’s disembodied head in the fireplace. (It makes more sense in the context of the video, trust us.)

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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