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The 10 Funniest Drug Freak-Outs

Freak out with That '70s Show Mondays & Tuesdays starting at 6P on IFC.

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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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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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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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