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Pranks for the Memories

Nathan Fielder’s 5 Best Pranks

Nathan Fielder brings his warped humor to Comedy Bang! Bang! Friday starting at 11P on IFC.

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With his series Nathan For You and the viral stunts he’s sprung on unsuspecting people, Nathan Fielder has become the new face of so awkward-they’re-funny pranks. With Nathan set to stop by the Comedy Bang! Bang! couch this week, we thought we’d highlight five of the most brilliant pranks this master of deadpan has ever pulled. He must have gotten really good grades at one of Canada’s top business schools to pull some of these off.

5. Tweet Anarchy

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Fielder’s pranks aren’t confined to his show. Having made a name for himself on Comedy Central, he decided a couple of years ago to see what kind of influence he really had on his audience. That’s how he ended up sending out a tweet stating, “Experiment: text your parents ‘got 2 grams for $40’ then right after ‘Sorry ignore that txt. Not for you’ Then tweet pic of their response,” and let the good times roll. And roll they did…

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4. Price Matching

Fielder is a master at coming up with ridiculously ingenious plans, and then convincing small business owners to go along with them. Here, he decides to use Best Buy’s price matching policy against them by offering high-end televisions for $1, then using the price match to gobble up inventory at a bargain basement price. If the plan worked, his mom-and-pop electronics store client could sell the TVs for full value and make a huge profit. The only problem? Fielder needed to keep customers from buying up the $1 TVs for the one day they were available. How did he accomplish this, you may ask? By building a secret room, with only a tiny door, and then putting a live alligator inside of it, to protect the TVs at all cost.


3. Dumb Starbucks

In what is easily his post famous prank, Fielder built an exact replica of a Starbucks franchise, but put the word “dumb” in front of everything, thus avoiding any copyright infringement since his “mock-bucks” could be considered a parody. Following the weaving tapestry of confused lawyers, unsatisfied customers and employees who he almost certainly was sexually harassing, this is Fielder at his very best.


2. Daddy’s Watching

As Fielder explains in this prank, women don’t sign up for dating sites because they are pretty sure they are going to get murdered. That’s where his dating site, “Daddy’s Watching,” comes in. The concept is simple: Hire a creepy guy to stalk their date, and make sure the women are always taken care of. If they ever feel threatened, they simply have to yell out, “Daddy, Daddy come over now, save my life, you made a vow.” So, nothing could ever go wrong there.


1. Gas Station Rebate

When a local gas station hit hard times, Fielder decided to use a rebate to lure customers in. But, considering the station didn’t have a dime to spare, he knew he had to make claiming the rebate a little more challenging. The solution? The customers would have to drop it off in person at the top of a mountain. What he didn’t expect was that some customers would actually be willing to do this. That’s how an overnight scavenger hunt, full of riddles and cathartic campfire conversations, came about. By turning one of his most ridiculous ideas into a heartwarming look at the lengths lonely people will go to connect, this became one of his very best pranks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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