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The Birthday Boys: Jeff Recaps “All Your Favorites Are Back”

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by Jefferson Dutton

Wow, what an episode! So many different flavors, broken up into a nice, proportional stack. You see… every episode is like a big, fancy sandwich. So this week, let’s break down “ALL YOUR FAVORITES ARE BACK,” luncheon style! I’ve got the recipe right here. Loosen up your belt, fatboy, we’re gonna make ourselves a nice Episode 108 hoagie, from the ground up!

We start with “All Your Favorites Are Back” part 1… that’s the foundation of the whole episode. You’re lookin at a bottom bun, baby!

Next up, “Autistic Basketball.” We’re just getting started. Dave sinks major baskets like that viral video kid we all know. Crisp, clean, kind of a relatable thing no one has issues with. That’s right: this sketch is a cool bed of lettuce.

“Hold On”: Short and sweet! Tomato.

“All Your Favorites Are Back” part 2. Now… I guess this is more bun. Seems to me a little soon to have another bun but that’s what the recipe says. Come to think of it, I guess some club sandwiches have bread in the middle. So this is like that.

Woosh. Here’s a tangy treat that can’t be beat: a bittersweet layer of savory dressing!

“All Your Favorites Are Back” part 3… Bob plays a manager listing off the performers’ backstage requests. It’s a little departure from the runner, a short thing between commercial breaks. You guessed it! More bread.

“Pay For What You Get.” This commercial stars Mitch as Marty. We’re in the middle of the episode now, the perfect place for some delicious deli-sliced ham!

“Shrink Ray” brings us to the cheese level… bleu cheese. Oh. Hmm. I can usually only do a little bleu cheese. I’m not allergic to it or anything, but it’s really just not for me. Maybe it’s not too much. I’ll just take a look at the recipe here, hopefully it’s not– 2 BIG DALLOPS?!??! Oh man.

“Pay For What You Get 2” is a tricky one. We’re still in the middle of the episode, and we’re revising Marty’s restaurant in a new, scenic way. And thus, our sandwich layer will be “the same, but different.” Any guesses? How bout some sliced turkey!

All Your Favorites Are– EGG!? Ugh. Disgusting! I hate when people put an egg on a sandwich. I can’t think of a grosser thing!. Did you know that in France they crack a RAW EGG on top of a PIZZA????? Ew. How would that even ever occur to someone? Well, so I guess there’s an egg on this sandwich. Hey, I don’t have to eat it. Hmm? What?!? I DO have to eat it!??!

“No Afterlife” is the second to last sketch. We’re bringin’ it on home with some familiar… rice? Wait, is that right, ‘rice’? On a sandwich? Alright… ‘Half a cup of steamed rice’. On the sandwich it goes.

“All Your Favorites Are Back” part 5. Top bun with sesame seeds. It says here the sesame seeds are supposed to remind us of the rice from No Afterlife. Whatever.

And then, at long last, the Credits. These tie the whole thing together… the credits and production cards are like the toothpick on top, complete with a HARD BOILDED JUMBO EGG??!?! Come on! Fancy sandwiches have toothpicks in them with olives on top, not a not a big stinky egg!

You know what? This “All Your Favorites” sandwich sucks! There I said it! There’s way too much bread, and two gross eggs, and don’t get me started on the whole rice fiasco. It’s disgusting to me! If you need me, I’ll be puking out back. And you guys are into this sorta thing? Jeeze. Enjoy your nasty sandwich everyone. Yikes.

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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.