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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

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.