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Beavis and Butthead Do America

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10 Hilarious Beavis and Butt-Head Pop Culture Moments

Catch Beavis and Butt-Head Do America this month on IFC.

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If you want to see Beavis and Butt-Head, you can watch their MTV series or see their movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (airing this month on IFC). But what if that’s not enough for you? Good news, glutton! Beavis and Butt-Head made a handful of appearances outside their own universe. And we’ve got the videos and other fun stuff to prove it.

1. Late Show with David Letterman

Promoting their movie in December of 1996, Beavis and Butt-Head make it to network television. Folks in the studio may have just seen Dave speak to empty chairs, but through TV magic, viewers saw all three animated characters with big heads. Fun fact: Who had to follow Beavis and Butt-Head that night? Entertainment legend Neil Diamond.


2. Airheads

Think Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was the duo’s film debut? Think again. Two years earlier, the guys called in to a radio show in the heavy metal comedy Airheads, where Joe Mantegna accurately called them “dipshits.” It wouldn’t be the first or last time someone used that phrase in relation to the dimwitted duo.


3. Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving in 1997 and you’re stuck with your relatives. How to break up the monotony of football and embarrassing uncles? Switch from the game to MTV, where Kurt Loder is live with Beavis and Butt-Head. Opening with live coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the special segued into videos, interviews with Marilyn Manson, and of course B&B’s thoughts on turkey. In the words of our heroes, “God is great, God is good…and we thank him for our morning wood.” Amen, and praise be to The Great Cornholio.


4. Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse

What did Secretary of State Colin Powell think of the audience at an MTV town hall in 2002? According to the “Fun With Real Audio” segment on SNL‘s TV Funhouse, he saw them as two very familiar dumbasses. Though to be fair, bombs are cool.


5. MTV Video Music Awards

Beavis and Butt-Head were loyal to their cable channel, making multiple appearances on the VMAs. Among the more notable happened during the 1997 show in a running bit where the guys hold a press conference under the Brooklyn Bridge. And of course, Kurt Loder was there.


6. The Academy Awards

The VMAs are nice and all, but Beavis and Butt-Head made it to the big time with their appearance on the 69th Academy Awards. Sure, they were just there to present the Oscar for Outstanding Sound Effects Editing, but it’s a moment that Bruce Stambler will never forget.


7. Beavis and Butt-Head Comics

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

If you wish B&B would comment on other media, you’re in luck. The good folks at Marvel Comics gave the boys their own comic book in which they made fun of… Marvel Comics. The 28 issues were published from 1994 to 1996 and featured the boys reading comics instead of watching music videos, which led to such insights as “Punisher kicks ass.”


8. Scratch And Sniff Trading Cards

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Fleer

Not to be outdone in the paper-based collectibles department, Fleer released a set of Beavis and Butt-Head trading cards in 1994. In addition to the 150 regular cards in the set, collectors could chase a 10-card limited edition offering, with a unique and questionable “Sniffivation” feature –- finally, you could know what Beavis and Butt-Head smelled like.


9. Love Rollercoaster Music Video

The duo teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for this animated music video from the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack. If you’ve ever wondered what Flea would look like in animated form, this is the video for you.


10. Beavis and Butt-Head Meet Cher

The 1993 album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience featured head-banging tracks from artists like Nirvana and Megadeth interspersed with commentary from the boys. They also performed a duet with Cher, which led to the above music video which is strange even by ’90s Cher standards.

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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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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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