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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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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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