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10 Kids of Famous People Who Became Awesome

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Let’s be frank with each other: being born into wealth and fame tends to make you…Kim Kardashian. Or Jaden Smith. Well, sure, not all famous kids are like that, but most of them are. We’re all about keeping it positive here, though, so let’s spotlight the 10 scions of privilege that managed to grow up cool.

10. Mavis Spencer

Most kids of celebrities tend to follow their parents into the family business because it requires less effort, but actress Alfre Woodard’s daughter Mavis Spencer has other passions – most notably horses. The lovely 5’11” young woman is a nationally-ranked equestrian who has medaled in multiple competitions.


9. Max Brooks

The author of the flabbergastingly successful World War Z books is the son of actress Anne Bancroft and legendary funnyman Mel Brooks. Despite his father’s way with words, young Max struggled with dyslexia as a child. He overcame that to become a best-selling author, and his 2006 book was turned into a Brad Pitt movie. Sadly, his dad wasn’t chosen to direct the parody version World War Oy!


8. Laila Ali

When you’re the child of the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, it’s only natural that you follow in his footsteps – even if you’re a girl. Laila Ali started boxing at 18 and built herself into one of the sport’s most dominant forces, eventually retiring with an untarnished 24-0 record.


7. Abby Elliott

When your dad created one of the best sitcoms ever in Get A Life and your grandfather is one of the legends of radio comedy, you’ve got a lot of laughs to live up to. Thankfully, former SNL castmember Abby Elliott (daughter of Chris Elliott) keeps her family tradition strong.


6. Evan Ross

The son of legendary singer Diana Ross won the genetic lottery, inheriting a gorgeous falsetto voice that he’s put to good use. When he was growing up, he was mentored by none other than Michael Jackson (no jokes, please), and his singing style is definitely indebted to the King of Pop. Oh, and he also scored a role in the most recent Hunger Games flick, just for fun.

5. Zelda Williams

Being the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved comedians is no laughing matter, but Zelda Williams handles it with poise and grace. Her father Robin named her after the princess in his favorite Nintendo game, and she’s been a strong voice for the best in gamer culture as well as lending her talents to The Legend Of Korra and other projects.


4. Kyle Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has always been a huge jazz fan, so his son Kyle was immersed in the classics from a very young age. He started playing electric bass when he was in high school, and quickly became a musical force to be reckoned with. Since releasing his first album at the age of 20, he’s toured the world and played at Carnegie Hall.


3. Kane Kosugi

Sho Kosugi was one of the most famous martial artists Japan ever produced, mastering ninjitsu, judo, aikido and other disciplines before transitioning into an acting career. His son Kane has carried on the family tradition in grand form. He’s the only American to ever make it to the final stage on Sasuke (known as Ninja Warrior here), which is pretty crazy.


2. Rashida Jones

Daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones has lit up the small screen on The Office and Parks and Rec, as well as penning the screenplay for indie comedy-drama Celeste and Jesse Forever. Throw in a comic book series from Oni Press and doing guest vocals on a Tupac tribute album and you have a famous kid who definitely doesn’t suck.


1. Colin Hanks

The oldest of Tom Hanks’ three sons, Colin Hanks got into acting without leveraging his dad’s famous name. He started out on cult TV show Roswell in 1999 and since has had memorable roles on Dexter and Fargo. He’s also on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11p.

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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

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

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

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

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
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Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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