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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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Netflix

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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Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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