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Jennifer Jason Leigh’s 5 Funniest Movies

Catch Jennifer Jason Leigh at the 2016 Spirit Awards live this Saturday, Feb. 27th, at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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Between her darkly funny turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and her Spirit Award-nominated role in the stop motion drama Anomalisa, Jennifer Jason Leigh is having quite a year. But anyone who has followed her career knows that she’s equally adept at both drama and comedy. Take a look at Jennifer’s five funniest movies below, and be sure to catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live this Saturday, Feb. 27th, starting at 5P ET/2P PT to see if she takes home an award. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area. You can also stream the ceremony live this Saturday with an authenticated IFC.com account.)

5. Easy Money

After making her feature film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Leigh followed up the success of that comedy classic by playing the virginal “guidette” Ophelia to Taylor Negron’s hilarious Romeo, or Julio, in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Easy Money. Leigh’s thick Staten Island accent enabled her to fit right in as a daughter to Rodney’s loveable schlub, and her scenes with Taylor Negron are still funny. (You might remember Negron as the pizza delivery guy who brought a pie to Spicoli in Fast Times.)


4. The Anniversary Party

Leigh and Alan Cumming both starred in and codirected this look at a dysfunctional couple (even by Hollywood standards) who throw a party for their friends to celebrate their on-again, off-again relationship. Leigh proves that she is a triple threat in this film as she brings out the emotion and humor in her aging actress character. There’s also pathos and humor in the reunion of Fast Times pals Leigh and Phoebe Cates, particularly in a brilliantly raw scene where Leigh’s Sally admits to being a “possessive, fragile neurotic” and Cates’ Sophia laments how having children robs you of the chance to commit suicide.


3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Leigh’s feature film breakthrough was the teen sex comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In one memorable scene, she not only learns the proper way to eat a carrot, but the importance of a headband in cultivating the Pat Benatar look. Despite the fact that she was foolish enough to hook up with ticket scalper/philosopher Mike Damone before finding love with Mike “Ratt” Ratner, Leigh’s Stacy was the ultimate “girl next door.” If Jeff Spicoli had watched Leigh’s performance in The Hateful Eight, he’d surely say “Alright Hamilton!”


2. Miami Blues

The same year that Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts a star, Jennifer Jason Leigh played a much more realistic hooker with a heart of gold in the underrated action comedy Miami Blues. Leigh disappeared into the short haircut and Floridian accent she used to turn into Susie, the hooker who takes classes at Miami Dade and falls pretty easily for Alec Baldwin’s dangerous psycho posing as a police officer. Jennifer Jason Leigh goes head-to-head with Baldwin in full-on nutso mode, easily earning the film its cult status.


1. The Hudsucker Proxy

The Hudsucker Proxy‘s title refers to Tim Robbins’ dimwitted “aw shucks” simpleton, who is made the scapegoat CEO for the Hudsucker corporation, only to go on and invent the hula hoop. (“You know, for the kids!”). Ms. Leigh beat out Winona Ryder and Bridget Fonda for the role and captured the rapid fire, screwball comedy delivery of old-school Hollywood actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell. This Coen brothers’ film has developed a cult following over time, in no small part thanks to Leigh’s perfect portrayal of the “fast talking career gal who’s just one of the boys.”

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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.