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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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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

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

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.