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The 10 Funniest Drug Freak-Outs

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While most characters from pop culture blissfully mellow out when they partake, not everyone is quite so lucky. Before you get weird with the cast of That ’70s Show tonight starting at 6P, check out some funny drug freak-outs that prove letting loose can occasionally be overwhelming. It wouldn’t be called a “trip” if it wasn’t memorable.

10. Wet Hot American Summer

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A quick trip into town turns into an ACTUAL trip for Beth (Janeane Garafolo) and the counselors of Camp Firewood. The gang gets into all sorts of debauchery, from smoking joints and eating whole containers of McDonald’s french fries to downing a six-pack and snorting cocaine. It all goes downhill pretty fast when they wind up shaking and sweaty in a local drug den after stealing an old woman’s purse and shooting up heroin. It’s always fun to get away from camp, even if it’s just for an hour!


9. That ’70s Show, “Till the Next Goodbye”

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After years of pot-smoking circles in the basement, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp) finally catch Eric (Topher Grace) and his friends Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), Hyde (Danny Masterson), and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) in the act. But their stern lecture doesn’t exactly get through to the totally blazed boys. Eric sees the walls behind his parents moving. Fez has a warped fishbowl vision of the adult Foremans. Hyde’s focus is drawn to a lone Twinkie on the shelf behind Red, and Kelso imagines Kitty and Red’s heads floating through the air and swapping bodies. Now THAT’s a real head trip if we ever saw one!


8. Arrested Development, “Afternoon Delight”

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Despite her constant drinking, Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) can still be a smidgen uptight, which is why son Michael (Jason Bateman) tells his uncle Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor) to give the visibly stressed Lucille some “afternoon delight.” Oscar mistakes it for a particularly strong strain of pot called “Afternoon Deelite,” which he bakes into a brownie and gives to Lucille. A lyric in the song version goes, “Mama always said when it’s right, it’s right,” but we’re not sure that applies to driving her Mercedes-Benz over her son-in-law Tobias (David Cross) and into the family banana stand containing her son, Gob (Will Arnett). More like an afternoon disaster.


7. Freaks and Geeks, “Chokin’ and Tokin'”

Of all the freakouts on our list, Freaks and Geeks‘ Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) definitely wins for most realistic. Lindsay decides to try pot for the first time following a fight with ex-boyfriend/resident pothead Nick (Jason Segel), completely forgetting she had agreed to babysit the neighbor’s kids. Luckily, straight-laced former BFF Mille (Sarah Hagen) is there to talk Lindsay through her paranoia over “being inside the dog’s dream,” take control of a game of hide-and-seek that quickly goes awry, and stuff Lindsay full of Fruit Loops in hopes of sobering her up. “I know what high people look like,” Millie assures her.”I went to a Seals and Crofts concert last summer.”


6. The Breakfast Club

We want whatever was in those joints our Jock, Brain, Basket Case, Princess, and Criminal smoked in the library during their Saturday detention at Shermer High School. After sneaking a stash of pot from out of Bender’s (Judd Nelson) locker, our Breakfast Club sit around mellowly passing joints and talking save for jock Andrew (Emilio Estevez) who hot boxes in the foreign language listening room. When he emerges, he launches into an athletic dance break worthy of Kevin Bacon in Footloose full of kicks and punches finally screaming so loud he shatters the glass of the door. As the pot works its magic, the confessions get more personal, and the dancing more vigorous. This is one Breakfast of Champions.


5. The Big Lebowski

Now THAT’s a strong drink. After questioning him on the whereabouts of his missing porn star and the money she owes him, Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) drugs the Dude’s (Jeff Bridges) White Russian, which knocks him out. Unconscious, the Dude hallucinates an elaborate dance sequence featuring bowling paraphernalia and the beautiful Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore). Talk about tripping major bowling balls.


4. Old School

When wild Frank (Will Ferrell) accidentally takes a tranquilizer to the jugular, the world around him really slooooooows down. He goes crashing through best friend Bernard’s (Vince Vaughn) kid’s birthday party, falling into the pool, and hallucinating his ex-wife on the beach while Simon & Garfunkel plays in the background. When he wakes up, he’s making out with animal wrangler, Peppers (Seann William Scott) by mistake. That’s ONE way of subduing a party animal.


3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

On a road trip/ “trip” to Vegas for the Mint 400 motorcycle race, pals Duke (Johnny Depp) and Gonzo (Benecio Del Toro) drop acid. By the time they check into their hotel on the Strip, Duke is nearly out of it, sweating profusely and hallucinating the other guests and hotel staff as various types of lizards. Once in their room, Gonzo and Duke order more room service than Kevin McAllister at the Plaza in Home Alone 2, and try not to freak out over war footage on the television. Considering their suitcases are full of other psychotropic drugs, it’s a good thing Vegas has so many buffets.


2. 9 to 5

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Sometimes, you just gotta have an old-fashioned pot party with your girlfriends. Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin), and Doralee (Dolly Parton) are commiserating together one night at a bar after a particularly awful day at work when Judy finds a “Maui Wowie” joint left by her son in the bottom of her purse. The trio return to Doralee’s house and start tokin’ it up, prompting each to have a pot-fueled fantasy about how they’d kill off their sexist boss (Dabney Coleman). Judy becomes a film noir femme fatale complete with black & white cinematography. Doralee, unsurprisingly, takes a cowgirl approach with a rope before roasting Hart on a spit. Violet’s fantasy goes sadistic Disney complete with animated animals and a Snow White-esque costume. Sweet dreams, ladies!


1. 21 Jump Street

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When undercover cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get sent back to high school to investigate a new popular synthetic drug, they never expect to experience the effects of it firsthand. After being forced to take it in front of the most popular student, Eric (Dave Franco), the two start going through the various stages of the drug: hallucinating moving eyebrows on the P.E. teacher (Rob Riggle), making asses of themselves during play auditions and band practice, feigning sexual acts with a baton during a track meet, and finally, passing out cold. If ever there was a case to be made for bringing back the D.A.R.E. program, this is it.

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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.