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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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.