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10 Funniest Road Trip Movies

Follow IFC's Comedy Road Tour to this year's funniest comedy festivals.

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There’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie, but a close third has to be the road trip. We’ve all been there…crammed into the back of some godforsaken station wagon, driving endless hours in a smell best not identified, you’re only escape a filthy gas station bathroom or the world’s biggest ball of yarn. In honor of IFC’s Comedy Road Tour, which kicks off on April 20th at Moontower Comedy Fest, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best road trip comedies ever made. Trust us, they’re a heck of a lot funnier than dad’s corny road sign jokes.

10. Road Trip

Dreamworks Pictures

An obvious choice (it’s right there in the title), but while Road Trip may not be winning any awards, it did help revive the teen comedy genre for a raunchier age. Todd Phillips even promised that Amy Smart’s topless scene would make her the Phoebe Cates of her generation. Not sure that happened, but you have to admire a man for trying.


9. Dumb & Dumber

New Line Cinema

Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? Well, you should watch this road trip comedy about two imbeciles following the dumbest plan for a shot at something that will never happen. Jim Carrey went from star to comedy sensation here, with his third blockbuster in a row, defining an era of movie comedy and inspiring some forgettable sequels.


8. Sideways

Fox Searchlight Pictures

You should never drink and drive, but let’s be honest, there’s nothing wrong with driving to a drink. That’s the idea Miles and Jack had in this Oscar-winning comedy, about two middle-aged men in search of meaning on a wine-soaked road trip. Lessons learned include live each day like it’s your last and that merlot is basically toilet water.


7. Midnight Run

Universal Pictures

Sometimes the best trips are the ones with a little spontaneity. There you are, comfortable in your life, and then a friend (or, let’s say, bounty hunter) shows up, and suggests you handcuff yourselves together and get out of town. This 1988 cult comedy classic, about a mob accountant being curried across the country, proved Robert De Niro was a natural at comedy decades before he met any Fockers.


6. Beavis and Butt-head Do America

MTV Productions

Their 1996 big screen outing found Beavis and Butt-head hitting the road in search of their stolen TV and encountering everyone from Bruce Willis to a roadie who sounds suspiciously like David Letterman (and might also be their dad) along the way. Sometimes the open road is the only place to find TP for your bunghole.


5. The Blues Brothers

Universal Pictures

They were on a mission from God. “Joliet” Jake Blues and Elwood Blues needed $5000 dollars to save the orphanage they grew up in, and that meant one thing. Getting the band back together. What do you do when it’s 106 miles to Chicago, you’ve got a full tank, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and you’re wearing sunglasses? What do you think? You hit it.


4. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Warner Bros.

I know you’re a Pee-Wee fan, but what am I? Well, I’m a fan too! The dapper nerd in the red bowtie may be back in his Netflix movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, but it all started with this big adventure. Pee-Wee refused to sell his beloved bicycle, even for “a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars,” so when it was stolen, he was forced to strike out in search of it. Insanity ensues in this one-of-a-kind classic, which launched star Paul Reubens and director Tim Burton’s careers, and introduced America to its favorite man-child. And remember, if you get a chance to give it a watch one more time, tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.


3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Paramount Pictures

If you take anything away from this movie, it’s that you should never stick your hand between two pillows. Ever. For any reason. Steve Martin plays the human hand-warmer whose trip to get home for Thanksgiving is ruined by loudmouth-with-a-heart-of-gold John Candy in this comedy that has become a holiday staple.


2. Borat

20th Century Fox

In November of 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen announced to the world that he was done playing by the rules. Borat was a cultural phenomenon, inspiring more bad impressions that an Austin Powers screening at a frat party. By taking his befuddled foreigner character into the real world, Cohen helped expose the underside of America, while also creating one of most genuinely laugh-out-loud comedies in years.


1. National Lampoon’s Vacation

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures

The movie that defines the genre, Vacation is the ultimate send-up of every road trip your family made you go on as a kid. Chevy Chase plays dorky dad Clark Griswold to perfection, as a patriarch who loves his family, if only they’d stop being so darn annoying. One of the great comedies of the ’80s, an era filled with great comedies, this movie will make you want to take the ol’ station wagon out for a spin. Just make sure there aren’t any dogs tied to the bumper.

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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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