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Get Psyched! 15 Little-Known Facts About BASEketball

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Don’t get psyched-out! Here are a few things you may not have known about 1998’s BASEketball, starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

1. BASEKETBALL WAS A REAL GAME THE DIRECTOR PLAYED WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER

Director, co-writer, and co-producer David Zucker and his friends invented the game BASEketball in 1982 because they were bored with playing regular basketball.


2. DAVID ZUCKER ORIGINALLY PLANNED ON MAKING A GAME SHOW

Zucker initially developed BASEketball as a TV game show modeled after MTV’s then-popular Rock ‘n’ Jock Sports. A pilot was shot with two competing teams of contestants, actors, and former sports stars. Chris Rock was the host.


3. THE MOVIE GREW FROM A FAILED BIOPIC PROJECT

Zucker, who had a development deal with Universal Studios, was working on a movie adaptation of the life of Davy Crockett, but that project fell through. Desperate to keep his contract, Zucker pitched a low-budget comedy idea based on his made-up game—it got the green light.


4. TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE WERE CAST AFTER SOUTH PARK BECAME A HIT

The filmmakers approached Parker and Stone to be in the movie after their animated series became the biggest hit in Comedy Central’s history.


5. BEFORE BASEKETBALL, PARKER AND STONE HAD PITCHED ZUCKER A TV SHOW

A musical buddy comedy about the biblical exodus called Aaron and Moses.


6. CHRIS FARLEY WAS ZUCKER’S FIRST CHOICE FOR THE LEAD.

Parker was cast after Farley tragically passed away in December 1997.


7. PARKER AND STONE HAD AN UNOFFICIAL HAND IN CRAFTING THE SCRIPT

Though they don’t have writing credits, Parker and Stone helped rewrite the script to make it align with their raunchy sensibilities. Stone’s character Doug Remer didn’t even appear in original drafts—he was only added after Stone was cast.


8. SQUEAK SCOLARI WAS PARKER AND STONE’S GOOD LUCK CHARM

Parker and Stone also added the sidekick character Squeak, played by their friend Dian Bachar. Bachar had previously appeared in Parker and Stone’s movies Cannibal! The Musical and Orgasmo, and would go on to lend his voice to background characters on South Park.


9. ZUCKER CAST BAYWATCH STAR YASMINE BLEETH WITHOUT EVER SEEING THE SHOW

He was simply impressed by her audition.


10. SOME SOUTH PARK CHARACTERS MAKE AN UNOFFICIAL APPEARANCE IN THE MOVIE

Parker delivers lines in the same voices he uses for South Park characters in some key moments. He uses Mr. Garrison’s voice to make fun of Stone’s character for helping a kids’ charity (the line is, “I forgot how much Douglas Remer cares about kids”). Then, Parker channels Cartman while trying to psych-out a Dallas player in the championship game by telling him how fat he is.


11. SPORTSCASTER AL MICHAELS THREATENED LEGAL ACTION OVER HIS ONE DAY OF WORK

When Michaels found out that fellow sportscaster Bob Costas was being paid $50,000 ($35,000 more than Michaels) for his one day of work on the movie, Michaels threatened legal action. He was eventually paid $60,000 for his brief appearance.


12. THE MOVIE SPAWNED ACTUAL BASEKETBALL LEAGUES

At least five official BASEketball leagues popped up around the country.


13. THE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES EMPLOYEES AREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS VERY WELL

During the scenes with Robert Stack in the Unsolved Mysteries offices, nearly all of the employees can be seen playing solitaire on their computers.


14. THE BEERS DO A FAMILIAR CELEBRATION

After winning the Denslow Cup, Coop, Remer, and Squeak do the “Mile High Salute,” a celebration favored by the Denver Broncos football team in the late ‘90s. Parker and Stone are both Colorado natives and lifelong Broncos fans.


15. IT SPAWNED ITS OWN INTERNET MEME

The expression “derp,” a variation of “duh,” was first used in BASEketball.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…