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Top 10 Wild Men and Women of Comedy

Joey "Coco" Diaz goes wild with Marc tonight at 9P on a brand new Maron.

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The life of a comedian can be hard. The exact things that drive you into the life of making people laugh can start to consume you after awhile. Some comedians find that fine line, balancing their wild streak with the ability to stay healthy. Others lose themselves to that chase for the next laugh, or the next party. With Joey “Coco” Diaz stopping by Maron to take his pal Marc on a wild (sober) adventure, we thought we’d pay tribute to a few of our favorite comedians that are still making us laugh while living on the edge. (Note: Some clips below are NSFW. Hey, that’s just how this wild bunch rolls.)

10. Amy Schumer

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With a hit movie called Trainwreck, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Amy likes to party. Famous for her frank attitude on sex, booze and the late night living of a comedian, Amy has always kept it real. Sure, that sometimes involves getting wasted and eating a frozen cake left behind by Jake Gyllenhaal. Because nothing spells party animal like chomping down on some freezer burn.


9. Joey “CoCo” Diaz

Much like Bobby Mendez, the character he plays on this week’s Maron, life came fast and hard for comedian Joey “CoCo” Diaz. He found his mother dead on the floor at 15. His father was gone too, so he bounced around, abusing drugs, and finally ended up in prison for kidnapping and robbery. But comedy was a lifesaver for Diaz. In fact, he credits it with stopping him from killing people. In recent years he’s become famous for telling insane stories about his life on Joe Rogan’s podcast, like setting a hooker’s wig on fire and selling coke to Whitney Houston.


8. Jessie Kahnweiler

Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler decided to use her hard partying ways to prove a point. Figuring that due to her white privilege she could get away with just about anything, she decided to test out her theory. In a series of videos, Kahnweiler got drunk in public, swan in private lakes, “assaulted” police officers, and cartwheeled naked down the street. In perhaps the most egregious example, Kahnweiler sold prescription drugs to cops only to receive a reprimand. Which just goes to show you that being cute, young, and white can take you very far in this country.


7. Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope doesn’t pull punches with his comedy, whether its in his oft-controversial jokes or his tales of hard partying. As he’s said on stage, “I drink to have a good time. I take whatever mundane s–t I was doing anyway and I just start pouring booze on top of it, and within a short amount of time it’s fantastic.”


6. Natasha Leggero

Whether she’s onstage delivering raunchy jokes or shocking late night TV hosts, the Another Period star always seems a little wine day drunk. With her sharp one-liners and droll delivery, Leggero has crafted a comedic persona of being the classiest boozehound in the room. Who else could host a talk show in a hot tub?


5. Katt Williams

Katt Williams was once on top of the world, commanding sold-out stand-up performances and popping up in blockbuster movies. Unfortunately, recent years have seen him slip up, and repeatedly run in with the law. (He even allegedly got into a fight with a 7th grader.) All in all, Williams has struggled to stay out of trouble and keep the comedy coming.


4. Chelsea Handler

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You don’t write a hit book called Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea unless you know how to put back a drink or two. Handler has always mixed her party girl attitude with a certain saucy wit. She’s like hanging out with the coolest girl you know, and then getting drunk under the table by her. As she recently told Buzzfeed, “I’ve done pretty much every drug — besides, like, heroin and crystal meth — I’m pretty versed.” So if vodka is up there listening, don’t forget the party drugs.


3. Steve-O

The Jackass madman and comedian has made a career out of living on the edge. He once talked Mike Tyson into punching him in the face at Charlie Sheen roast, breaking his nose in the process. (He also claims to have done so much cocaine in a bathroom with the boxer, that the two solved racism.) As he told Marc Maron on a recent WTF Podcast, he has bounced in and out of jail and psychiatric institutions to deal with addiction and a bipolar personality. In recent years he’s cleaned up his life, going sober and becoming a vegan. But that hasn’t stopped him from spreading his anarchic brand of comedy on YouTube.


2. Artie Lange

A beloved face in comedy from his years on MadTV and The Howard Stern Show, Lange has a long history of drug abuse that has continually derailed his career and almost cost him his life. In fact, being let go from MadTV in his second season after a cocaine arrest was just the beginning of his troubles. While managing a successful stand-up career, and appearing in movies like Dirty Work and Elf, his dark side kept causing problems. Now sober, he hosts his own podcast and hits the comedy club circuit to keep clean. (His episode of WTF is a harrowing must-listen.)


1. Andy Dick

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With star turns on The Ben Stiller Show and Newsradio, Andy Dick was on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in comedy. Unfortunately, his erratic behavior and love of partying always seemed to get in his own way. His run-ins with the law seem to have gone quiet in the last few years, with a career resurgence as a contest on Dancing With The Stars and an appearance on Maron season three fueling the turnaround. Let’s hope Dick can keep it clean, and get back to making us laugh.

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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.

The-Craft

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.