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5 Funny Brother Duos Making It Big in Comedy

Jay and Mark Duplass

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This week, Comedy Bang! Bang! is getting half a taste of the Duplass brothers, as Mark is hitting up the IFC comedy series for some fun. This is kind of a big deal as he and Jay have a brought a new original series to HBO, Togetherness, and the pair have inked a major deal with Netflix for a crap ton of cool stuff coming our way.

You can see Mark drop in to rile up Scott Aukerman this Friday night at 11p, but his upcoming appearance got us thinking: there’s kind of an above average number of brotherly comedy couplings happening right now. The number itself might not seem like a lot, but any number larger than three already feels like a lot.

5. Mark and Jay Duplass

Mark might be the face of this brotherly duo — his acting career is more widely recognized by mainstream audiences, though Jay has earned raves for his role on Amazon’s Transparent — but he makes magic when combined with his brother. The two have been collaborating together since the ‘90s. Some of their feature film work includes The Puffy Chair, Baghead and the more well-known Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. But now the two are making four original movies just for Netflix, which is exciting for fans of this burgeoning indie double threat.


4. James and Dave Franco

The Francos may not have collaborated on much — one is a more, shall we say, “experimental” kind of actor and filmmaker, while the other is more into raunchy comedies — but both continue to make headlines. Franco loves teaming up with his buddies Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, appearing in everything from Pineapple Express to This Is the End and opposite Rogen in the highly controversial The Interview. Franco, on the other hand, has found camaraderie with a different flock that includes the likes of Zac Efron, Channing Tatum,  Jonah Hill and now Vince Vaughn (with his upcoming film Unfinished Business).


3. Luke and Owen Wilson

What’s great about Luke and Owen is that they’ve found success in working together and going down their own paths. These bros have appeared together in only four films — Around the World in 80 Days, The Wendell Baker Story, Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums. But both have tackled a variety of genres. Owen recently appeared in the Oscar-nominated Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel and in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, while Luke’s most notable recent film is The Skeleton Twins with SNL vets Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.

See Owen in the trailer for his latest comedy, She’s Funny That Way, below


2. Marlon, Shawn and Keenan Wayans

Some of us — we’re guessing more than a few — don’t particularly care for some of the Wayans’ brothers works. (Let’s face it,  A Haunted House 2 should probably have stayed dead.) But you gotta hand it to them: they sure as hell know their audience. Admit it, there’s at least one of their films you would consider a guilty pleasure. How about the first Scary Movie movie, which is better than all the other Scary Movie movies? Or White Chicks? Can we get a Kickstarter going to get that sequel made?


1. Keith and Kenny Lucas

You know these lovable goofballs from their spotlight-stealing roles as twin brothers in 22 Jump Street. (They’ve also turned up in the sketch series Friends of the People and scored their own animated series on Adult Swim.) In that sense, it’s kind of crazy how these funny guys trying to make the cut in the New Jersey and New York comedy club circuits would become national sensations thanks to a few brief scenes. But these guys are hilarious! See for yourself in their stand-up bit from Jimmy Fallon.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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