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5 Things We Learned About Stan Against Evil at New York Comic Con

Stan Against Evil premieres November 2nd with back-to-back episodes at 10P on IFC.

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With Stan Against Evil set to make IFC a whole lot spookier starting November 2nd at 10P, creator Dana Gould and cast members John C. McGinley and Janet Varney descended on New York Comic Con to meet fans and chat about their new horror comedy series.

After screening the first episode for a packed house, Dana, John and Janet talked about the origins of the show, how they approach their characters, favorite horror movies (Janet recommends Housebound and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and much more. John even made a fan’s dreams come true by insulting him as his Scrubs character Dr. Perry Cox.

Check out a few things we learned from Dana, John and Janet about the upcoming season of Stan Against Evil.

1. Dana Based Stan on His Dad

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While star Janet Varney was the inspiration for Evie, Stan’s curmudgeonly attitude came from Dana’s own father. In fact, a colorful phrase Stan uses in the first episode to describe a witch’s face came straight from Papa Gould’s mouth. “‘A barrel of assholes’ is something my dad said about a Red Sox pitcher,” Dana said.


2. We May Learn More About Stan’s Wife

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When asked if we would see Claire, Stan’s late wife who protected her husband from the terrors of Willard’s Mill, Dana confirmed that she might appear in flashbacks. “She’s also played by Louie Anderson,” he joked, nodding to the Emmy-winning star of FX’s Baskets.


3. Shaun of the Dead Is a “Cousin” of Stan

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Dana credits films like Shaun of the Dead and An American Werewolf in London, along with creepy TV movies from the 1970s, for inspiring Stan. He said the team aimed for a tone where “the horror is played completely straight and the comedy comes from people just behaving normally.”


4. Stan and Stranger Things Are Connected

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Dana revealed that the sheriff station in Stan is the same one used in Stranger Things. He and Janet are big fans of the show, and had no idea they were sharing a set with the ’80s-set Netflix series. Dana added: “I’ve never watched a show that I love as much as Stranger Things, and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve totally pooped in that room.'”


5. There’s a Bit of Comedy Bang! Bang! in Stan

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Janet revealed that Stan’s chilling music is supplied by Eban Schletter, a composer known for his work on everything from Comedy Bang! Bang! to Spongebob. Is it too much to hope for a crossover episode?

Tune in November 2nd at 10P for the premiere of Stan Against Evil. 

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Mirror, Mirror

Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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