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The 10 Funniest Movies About Rock Bands

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Let’s face it: there’s something innately absurd about dedicating your life to sex, drugs and rock & roll. What could be sillier than making a living by banging on a guitar and howling incoherently about partying and your love of various parts of the female anatomy? Hollywood has naturally picked up on this by making a number of comedies that perfectly skewer the music world. To celebrate the guys from Blue Jean Committee getting the “Behind the Music” treatment on the Documentary Now! season finale, check out our picks for a solid day­long festival of rock band comedies.

10. Airheads

When the slacker idiots in LA metal band The Lone Rangers hatch a plan to get their demo tape played over the radio, the situation quickly devolves into a farcical hostage situation in this very ’90s comedy. Airheads also sees the first appearance of the “Evil Adult Contemporary Music” trope, as the station is about to switch format away from headbanging metal to easy listening for baby boomers.


9. Detroit Rock City

This teen comedy about a KISS cover band is set in 1978, aka the heyday of the face-painted rockers. The result is American Pie meets Dazed and Confused with a Ron Jeremy cameo.


8. The Rocker

Getting kicked out of a band is the kind of thing that can scar you for life. (Just ask Pete Best.) In The Rocker, Rainn Wilson plays an ousted drummer from a world ­famous heavy metal band who joins his teenage nephew to get back on stage, with hilarious results.


7. Deathgasm

The connection between heavy metal and the underworld is a strong one, something the splatter comedy Deathgasm makes very explicit. When a troubled teen accidentally summons a demon with cursed sheet music, the rockers of Deathgasm must muster all the power that brutal grindcore can deliver to send it back to Hell.


6. School of Rock

Sure they aren’t a professional rock band, but the kids in this classic Jack Black comedy sure can shred. The band has lived on through reunion concerts, an upcoming musical and talk of a sequel.


5. The Rutles: All You Need is Cash

The Beatles were rife for parody, and this pre­-fab four created by Monty Python member Eric Idle skewered John, Paul, Ringo and George’s late­ ’60s excess. The Rutles were a note-­perfect parody of Sgt. Pepper’s­ era Beatles, and the flick takes a mockumentary look at their rise and fall. A co-production from Idle and Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels, The Rutles features a “Who’s Who” of comedy and music cameos, including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger.


4. Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny

Tenacious D’s big screen outing follows the duo as they steal a magical guitar pick made from Satan’s tooth to grant them rock stardom. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned and it ends with a Battle of the Bands involving the Dark Lord himself.


3. Still Crazy

Bill Nighy and Billy Connolly are among the cast of this riotous comedy about a glam rock band who had a brutal public meltdown in the ’70s and are now making a go of it 20 years later.


2. Get Him to the Greek 

Russell Brand’s decadent rocker Aldous Snow got promoted from Forgetting Sarah Marshall supporting player to the star of this hilarious look at the music scene. Everything from self-important charity ballads to insane record execs are brilliantly spoofed by writer/director Nicholas Stoller.


1. This Is Spinal Tap

Could there really be any other contender for the top flick on this list? Rob Reiner’s brilliant 1984 mockumentary chronicled the rise and fall of the greatest heavy metal band of all time. A staggering amount of footage was lensed with the main actors improvising and riffing off each other (no pun intended) and Reiner picked the best bits to make up the final cut. The film is still infinitely quotable and added “it goes to 11” to the pop culture lexicon.

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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.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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