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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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