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10 Stoners We Want to Hang Out With

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We all knew (or were) that one kid back in high school or college who would rather pass a joint than pass class. Hollywood is just as fond of these cannabis-loving classmates, which is why we compiled a list of our favorite after school (or during school) stoners who redefine the meaning of the term “higher education.”

1. Travis, Clueless

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Travis Birkenstock (Breckin Meyer) might occasionally say dumb things at school and be the recipient of the most tardies in his class due to his cravings for Egg McMuffins, but that doesn’t stop him from immediately catching the eye of new transfer student Tai (Brittany Murphy). A lovable optimist, Travis also throws great house parties and has a real talent for competitive skateboarding, the latter of which causes him to quit his drug habits for good. We happen to think it’s pretty ingenious that he keeps his bongs in the kitchen so he’s closer to the fridge when the munchies hit.


2. Nick, Freaks and Geeks

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The first thing you should know about sweet stoner Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel) is he loves his drum set more than anything in the world. Unfortunately, his skills don’t quite match his enthusiasm. The same can be said for his efforts at dating Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and his academic career in general. The one thing Nick actually is quite adept at is basketball, but he lost his place on the school team, and subsequently his interest in the sport, because of his pot smoking. But he’s definitely the guy you want to hang out and listen to Rush with.


3. Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Stoned since the third grade, Ridgemont High senior Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) is the classic California surfer dude and main source of frustration for history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston). Spicoli is often tardy, never has any money due to not having a job, and pretty much only cares about the Rolling Stones and having “some tasty waves and a cool buzz.” However, Spicoli earned our undying love for ordering a pizza for himself in the middle of Mr. Hand’s class. Aloha Mr. Hand…and aloha pizza!


4. The gang, That ’70s Show

Circle time is always the best time on That ’70s Show. For teens Jackie (Mila Kunis), Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Donna (Laura Prepon), Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), Hyde (Danny Masterson), and Eric (Topher Grace), the pot-smoking Circle in Eric’s basement is their favorite place to unwind, share secrets, make fun of one another, snack, hallucinate and everything in between. While Hyde was the most upfront about his pot use, the others just as enthusiastically puffed away, occasionally welcoming guests to their little Circle of trust and toking. And sometimes unwelcome guests, like Red.


5. Slater, Dazed and Confused

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On this last day of high school in 1976, THE stoner of stoners, junior Slater (Rory Cochrane), is lamenting spending one more year in school. So he does what he always does — smokes tons of pot with best friends Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey), Pickford (Shawn Andrews), and Pink (Jason London) and goes on rants about everything from Martha Washington to aliens to freshman girls. But there are worse ways to end the school year than getting high with your best friends and driving off into the sunrise to buy Aerosmith tickets.


6. Kumar, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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Kumar (Kal Penn) doesn’t really want to go to medical school, but his father is threatening to cut him off financially if he refuses, so unsurprisingly, he totally botches his school interview in favor of getting high with roommate Harold (John Cho). The pair embark on possibly the most epic, fraught trip to cure their munchies ever with Kumar even illegally performing a difficult surgery perfectly, which makes him realize he wants to go to medical school after all. He also plays love doctor by helping BFF Harold work up the courage to admit his feelings to neighbor Maria (Paula Garces). Someone get this loyal bro some White Castle, STAT!


7. Marty, Cabin in the Woods

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College stoner Marty Mikalski (Fran Kranz) is not “The Fool” the staff at the mysterious Facility peg him to be for their strange experiment. Though we aren’t sure about his theories on doing bong hits and driving, he proves himself to be a lot smarter than anyone gives him credit for, escaping from zombies and rescuing pal Dana (Kristen Connolly) from the throes of an RV crash. Resourceful and funny (“Oh my god. I’m on a reality TV show. My parents are gonna think I’m such a burnout!”) even during the end of the world, Marty manages to light up one last joint to share with Dana as the nefarious Ancient Ones slowly emerge from the floor below them. Here’s hoping they have Pop Tarts in heaven.


8. Silas and Jamal, How High

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Talk about high test scores. Silas (Method Man) and Jamal (Redman) manage to ace their college entrance exams thanks to the help of a special, magical strain of marijuana fertilized by the ashes of their recently deceased friend. The pair enroll at Harvard where Silas discovers he has a talent for botany while Jamal joins the rowing team to impress girls. It’s safe to say mega-stoners Silas and Jamal often butt heads with the buttoned-up Ivy Leaguers like Dean Cain (No, not THAT Dean Cain), but they sure do have an awful lot of fun doing it.


9. Charlie, Charlie Bartlett

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His drugs of choice may be of the prescription variety, but enterprising Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) knows a good high when he has one. After being shipped off to yet another new school, Charlie makes friends quickly when he realizes he has a talent for peddling prescription drugs and bathroom psychiatry to the other students with the help of resident school drug dealer Murphy (Tyler Hilton). A natural charmer, Charlie strikes up a relationship with the principal’s daughter (Kat Dennings), but his increasingly rebellious behavior and influence over the rest of the student body are naturally not as well-received by Principal Gardner (Robert Downey, Jr.) or his mother (Hope Davis). But did we mention Charlie also plays a mean version of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on the piano?


10. Bill and Ted, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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Technically, we never see high school students Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) light one up, but what exactly do you think these two metalheads were doing inside that time-traveling phone booth? The lovable, dimwitted duo aren’t exactly psyched to do their final oral reports for their history class but they rise to the challenge as they meet “excellent” historical babes and figures, philosophizing with Socrates, er, So-crates by quoting “Dust in the Wind” and offering Genghis Khan a Twinkie. And we all know that if there’s one thing stoners like, it’s Twinkies.

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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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G.I. Jeez

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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