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funny or die x bustedtees funny t-shirts

I’m not an avid follower of Funny Or Die, I’ve seen a few vids here and there but not that many. That said, I still ‘get’ most of these tees from their collaboration with BustedTees, so they either have nothing to do with specific videos/series, or they’re general enough jokes for anyone to understand, which is probably for the best since it’s a special kind of person that enjoys having a t-shirt referencing special jokes from web videos. All the tees cost $20 a piece and are available now.


Hmmm, I didn’t know that Funny or Die invented The IT Crowd?


Don’t get the reference but like the shirt, “Love fades pizza is forever.”


It’s fair to guess that this is a quote from a video, and if not it’s still funny, even if Fight Club jokes are a bit old by now. Text reads: “The 3rd rule of Fight Club is have fun & try your best.


I haven’t spent enough time in Canada to either confirm or deny the claims made on this shirt.


The reference on ‘Bat Fight‘ is lost on me, but that’s probably because I haven’t yet watched the video starring Will Ferrell it’s based upon (linked on the product page).


This shirt is lost on me, at first I thought it would be some kind of dick joke, but it actually stands for ‘Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron.’


I think that this ‘Hungover Games’ shirt is fairly self-explanatory, but it too is apparently inspired by one of their videos.


I have’t seen ‘Baby Cop‘ so this shirt is lost on me.

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Fibers.com have made a bit of a habit of creating infographics based upon geeky TV shows, and when someone suggested a few weeks back that they should do an IT Crowd infographic I thought it would be a winner, especially since guys like me had already done most of the legwork in terms of finding which shirts were available to be bought and where. It’s a real pity that there’s not going to be more episodes made (I think I read somewhere that a Christmas special was a possibility, but I’ve heard nothing about that for a while), but better to go out on a high than to drag things out until the show is past it’s sell-by date.

Roy’s T-Shirts from The IT Crowd

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goth city rogues batman t-shirt




Even though they’re in the midst of their biggest sale ever at BustedTees with just about every shirt being $12 or less they’re still releasing four new shirts. As you can probably tell from the title I’ve got the Gotham Rogues, Obama and Reynholm Industries shirts figured out, but that Frigid Flakes one has me confused, anyone feel like clearing it up for me?

Oh, and remember to use the coupon code SANDYCLAUS to make the saving.

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death eaters, it crowd, and dinosaur t-shirts at tshirt laundry




Even though I’m not that well versed in the world of Harry Potter I think that the Death Eaters shirt is the pick of the week for me at Tshirt Laundry, as if you guys give a damn which I like the most!

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T-shirt news for March 26th

by Andy on March 26, 2012

I find it kind of odd that people would want to wear the mascot for an operating system, but this shirt from TeeFury ain’t too bad.


Shirt.Woot revamp the original cute cat poster.


I like The IT Crowd, I have a NES under my TV, and I like t-shirts. I like this from RIPT. Pretty sure I’ve written about this design in the past…
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T-shirt News for February 24th

by Andy on February 24, 2012

street fighter t-shirt

Street Fighter gets some attention at TeeFury.


I remember them having floppy disks like this at the first school I went to, good nostalgia but not a great shirt at Shirt.Woot today.


Lord of the Rings is just chilling out at RIPT today.
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I re-issued my Nothing is Any Good… shirt this week and borrowed your IT Crowd screen shot. Thanks! Hope that was OK.

Andy: Internet celebrity Richard Stevens of Diesel Sweeties fame is asking if it’s okay to use my stuff? Cripes, I must be moving up in the world. I can’t wait for The IT Crowd to be back on TV, those 6 weeks are glorious for traffic (and I love the show, of course), and I think that nowadays I have the infrastructure in place to actually withstand the avalanche of traffic that Graham Linehan can send my way with a single tweet.

This post was submitted by Richard Stevens.

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The US IT Crowd Pilot T-Shirt Roundup

by Andy on August 5, 2010

rtfm US IT crowd t-shirt

I thought that to completely cover The IT Crowd I might as well endure what I had been told was a trainwreck of a pilot episode for the proposed US version of The IT Crowd. It was never picked up by NBC after the pilot (which was shot 2-3 years ago I think) which is hardly surprising if you watch it, because it is exactly like the UK pilot, and if The Office has taught us anything, it’s that if you want to port a TV show from one country to another, you have to make it your own.

To be fair, it wasn’t absolutely terrible, I have seen worse shows but most aspects of it didn’t feel quite right. For example, and I don’t know how to write this without being offensive, the cast in the American version were too good looking, they weren’t totally stunning but they were a bit too polished, whereas in the UK version the main cast are all attractive, but they aren’t really ‘hot’. That just didn’t feel right. Still, the US version did stick to the idea of giving Roy (Joel McHale in this case, who is a pretty funny fella) a geeky tee, and presumably would have given him other geeky tees if the show had been picked up for a season. I’ve hunted around and can’t find this particular variant of the RTFM t-shirt meme that is presumably very popular with actual IT department folks, so unfortunately this post feels as incomplete as the US version of The IT Crowd.

It should be noted that about an hour after I watched the show on Monday it was announced that there was going to be another attempt at creating a US version of The IT Crowd, which is quite the bit of serendipity, so maybe that’ll give me two shows that I’ll be tee hunting for (as the UK version has been commissioned for a 5th series, huzzah!).

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the IT crowd t-shirts

Unless I’m very much mistaken this is the last episode of the season, it is unfortaunate how British series tend to have shorter runs than their American counterparts (22 episodes in a typical full season?), because it’s nice having something on British TV to look forward to each week other than Top Gear or football, and because The IT Crowd has meant a lot of people have been visiting HYA, and the more people that visit here the more likely it is that I can turn writing about t-shirts into a full-time job, which is pretty ridiculous, but hey, someone’s got to do it. Actually, they don’t, but it is a lot of fun so I’d like to carry on.

If you missed the show on Friday night it is available on Channel 4OD, but I’ve always found that site to not be so friendly to my PC, so I was happy to find the whole show streamable on the Channel 4 YouTube page. I’m not sure if the YouTube stuff has the same 1 week expiry as the main 4OD site, so that video might disappear by Friday, and chances are it’s geo-locked too, so if you’re outside the UK you’d have to get a bit creative if you wanted to watch it.

All my waffling in the previous couple of paragraphs probably suggested something to you, this episode was not stuffed full of t-shirts, in fact it didn’t contain much of Roy at all, unsurprisingly focusing upon Reyholm. Still, Roy did wear one t-shirt in the show, one which probably made a lot of people sitting at home think “I wonder if our IT guy does that?” because Roy’s tee stated “I read your e-mail” in a style so simple that it was immediately recognisable as a shirt from ThinkGeek. The shirt costs from $15.99 and you can buy it at ThinkGeek.

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the it crowd t-shirts

Well, just one shirt in this episode, and one that Roy has worn in the past too, so it was a pretty easy find. Good episode though, loads of one liners, I especially liked Roy complaining about “have you tried turning it off and on again?” being some kind of catchphrase for him, and Moss shouting “we’re going to die!” after finding out that the robot was running on Vista.

I think that this is one of my favourite t-shirts that’s been on The IT Crowd, it’s geeky, it’s non-sensical, and it’s genuinely funny, so I guess that in a way it’s a bit like The IT Crowd! The blue shirt with the whale on it is by Dinosaur Comics and can be bought from TopatoCo for $17.50 + shipping.

For a little bit of an extra to go with this shorter than usual post, a commenter on the last IT Crowd post shared a link to a cool page on the Channel 4 website showing the IT Crowd basement with loads of tagged items from the set, definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan.

*Welcome to everyone that’s visiting because of @Glinner tweeting about the site, be sure to take a look around, check out the older IT Crowd posts (I’ve covered just about every episode of the last few seasons) and I’m also running a competition to win $100 of clothing from JackThreads that you may want to enter. Thanks for visiting!

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The IT Crowd t-shirts Series 4 Episode 4

As a side note before we get into the traditional meat of The IT Crowd t-shirt roundups, after listening to Pirate FM in Cornwall when I was on holiday me and my girlfriend were inspired to watch The Boat That Rocked a film inspired by the pirate radio station Radio Caroline that operated from a boat (it was in international waters and therefore not governed by British law). I was under the impression that Pirate FM was the legit ‘child’ of Radio Caroline, but I actually completely wrong. Still, it’s a good, funny film, and I thought I’d mention it because Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson (Roy & Jen in the IT Crowd) are both in the film, so you guys may want to check it out.

Anyway, on with the show (almost literally), the first tee worn by Roy was just a plain grey shirt, naturally, I’m not going to track down the brand, if you want to be just like Roy go and get a grey shirt from Primark or American Apparel.


The second shirt had already been found for me by @RustyBransteinX which did make my job rather a lot easier. The OMFG t-shirt comes from ThinkGeek and the acronym is for the little-known Ontario Mega Finance Group the investment company that lots of teenagers apparently enjoy talking about. The t-shirt is $15.99 and it can be purchased here.


Roy’s third shirt of the evening was a bit more troublesome to hunt, and not just because of Roy’s hot girlfriend being on view. It was a dark scene, but after taking about a dozen pictures and playing with the levels on them I managed to make out the writing “don’t even think about tagging me” which is actually pretty good advice for those people that think it’s fun to tag photos on Facebook of their friends in compromising positions.The tee is available from Balcony Shirts for £12.50. As I do try to be a bit of a completist with these things, I had a quick look around for the other tee in this pic, the one with the crossed guitars worn by the orphan. I haven’t been able to find the same tee, but I have found what I think is the same graphic on an apron at Spreadshirt, and with it being spreadshirt to can customise these thing to your heart’s delight, and that includes putting the design on a pink t-shirt with black print.


Fourth tee of the night was easily recognised as Roy has worn it before, “Nothing is any good if other people like it” is a Diesel Sweeties design. However, I can’t find the shirt anywhere in their store, so it seems as if they’ve stopped selling it. Still, there’s plenty of other cool shirts in their shop. Also, how good was this scene? There isn’t nearly enough mashed potato based comedy on TV.

And that’s your lot for this episode, I will post episode 5 tomorrow, and then you can expect the episode 6 recap (last episode of the season, sob) early next week.

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IT Crowd t-shirts

Indeed, last night something did happen, Graham Linehan (aka @Glinner) tweeted about my IT Crowd t-shirt posts, which was then retweeted by rather a lot of people, causing what I think is the largest amount of traffic I’ve received on a Sunday, giving the site a bit of a meltdown (until I got home and cranked up the resources), and presumably putting a bit of pressure on me to continue my IT Crowd shirt posts now that a lot more fans are aware of them. Fear not new readers, I shall continue, and this week I’ve got links to all three of Roy’s tees so that you can get your hands on them.

Roy’s first tee of the week was immediately obvious to me as I had written about it back in May. Even though the most visible text says “let’s say you’ve gone back in time” the shirt is actually called “Time Traveler Essentials” because it explains what you need to do if you were to travel back in time. It’s a very clever and funny shirt, and it’s yours for $18 at TopatoCo.


Shirt number two in the episode is a bit of a tee design classic, having been featured on the show before and on many a blog. Some people have point out that it doesn’t really work as a Venn diagram, but I’m able to look past that and just enjoy a cool shirt. Elitism can be bought for $16.99 at Diesel Sweeties.


Last shirt of the week (excluding Jen’s shirt for the band Sweet Billy Pilgrim, who I presumed were fictional since I don’t keep up with what’s cool in the music world, but are in fact real, though apparently don’t have a keyboard player) picks up on the keyboard cat meme, but makes it almost acceptable in my cynical eyes by giving it an 8-bit makeover, since we all know that making something 8-bit makes it cool. The tee is £16.21 and can be purchased at MySoti.

I won’t be able to cover episodes 4 & 5 of this season in a timely fashion because I’m going to Cornwall on holiday, and writing about t-shirts will be the furthest thing from my mind. I will cover the shirts worn in the episodes when I get back, you’ll just have to be patient about it.

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it crowd t-shirts

A very fine episode of The IT Crowd this week I felt, apologies that it’s taken me a week to post aobut it, but good things come to those who wait… mostly, because I haven’t been entirely successful in finding the tees featured in the episode, but hopefully people reading this and fniding it via search engines will be able to help out. The pics for this post are a bit weak because I was just taking shots of my TV screen, but you can all still tell what’s what so I’m sure it won’t matter too much.

The first tee of this episode has actually been on the show in the past (season 2, episode 5), I didn’t know where to buy it then and I still don’t now unfortunately. Help a guy out in the comments?


Second tee of the week was fairly easy, as it was featured last week during the season opener. I thought I’d give Roy back some of his dignity and not post a pic of him wearing the shirt whilst sat on the toilet (as if being a window cleaner wasn’t enough!). Buy the Ring t-shirt for £19 at Dark Bunny Tees.


Third tee of the week was an easy one for me, not because I knew where it came from, but because someone on Twitter found it for me, brilliant. It’s a pretty funny tee, I’d never seen any ROFL=Rolf jokes on the internet before, but I bet we’ll be seeing them around in the future off the back of this. Buy the ROFL t-shirt from RedBubble for £14.81.


I struck out with this Metallica parody t-shirt with the Statue of Liberty on it. Any ideas? I think that the text says ‘infectedur’ or something like that, Google is turning up nothing.


Fifth tee in this episode was quickly recognisable, since it was created by one of the people that has been on HYA since the early days, Enclothe. The shirt is called ‘451’ and is of course a reference to the book Farenheit 451, or possibly just a reference to the point at which paper burns. Either way, something is being set on fire. Buy the firefighter t-shirt from Enclothe for $20.


The last t-shirt this week was one I hadn’t seen before, but was fairly willing to bet was a ThinkGeek design, and whaddya know? I was right. You can buy the “I don’t work here” t-shirt that Roy wore from ThinkGeek for $15.99.

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The IT Crowd t-shirts Series 4 Episode 1

Took me a little bit longer to get around to watching the show than I expected, what with the Brussels trip and all, but it was a good episode to open this fourth series of The IT Crowd, not amazing but a enough laugh out loud moments to keep me happy and looking forward to the next episode.

The first tee from the episode can be seen at the top of this post, it says “NO.” and it’s from Think Geek. It’s not exactly the best tee in the world, but I presume that there’s quite a lot of people in IT departments across the world that wear tees from ThinkGeek, so there’s a nice nod towards realism there. If you’d like to express the word “NO.” emphatically on a t-shirt, the tee is $15.99 and you can buy it here.


It was pretty easy to work out where the second tee was from, since I’d been tweeted about it days before. The shirt is based on The Ring, the Japanese version presumably, not the not-quite-as-scary American version. It can be purchased from Dark Bunny Tees for £19, but be quick because they’ll only sell 100 of them and then it’s gone, and judging by the amount of people that visit HYA looking for IT Crowd shirts, it might be gone fairly soon.


The last tee of the night was a riff on the familiar “Home Taping Is Killing Music” graphic that has been around since the music industry became afraid of people. There are a lot fo designs around based on this image, but I’m fairly sure that this t-shirt from 8ball is the same one as in the show, and you can pick it up for £17.50 (and not just in olive).

I wonder who will turn up next week!

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roy it crowd t-shirts

Regular fans will be aware that in the past I’ve tried my darnedest to let you know what t-shirts Roy has worn in The IT Crowd, the Channel 4 geek comedy written by Graham Linehan, who was responsible for Father Ted. In fact, it’s fairly likely that some of you reading wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the IT Crowd, since HYA has become one of the best destinations to find out what tees have been worn by shirt-loving Roy on a weekly basis.

The show returns to TV screens on Friday June 25th, I’m actually going to be away next weekend in Brussels so I’ll miss it, but fortunately it is already available to watch online at Channel 4’s site, so I’ll bring you a roundup some time next week, but for now I’ll tease you with this screencap sent to me from a rather excited Dark Bunny Tees.

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The IT Crowd S3E5 T-shirt Roundup

by Andy on January 6, 2009

filthypanda

The last two IT Crowd posts of this current series are a bit late because of the Christmas break, and because I didn’t actually expect C4 to broadcast new episodes during the festive season, presuming that they’d have “Top 100 Christmas Moments” or something like that running in the 9pm Friday slot. Unlike my poor show for tee coverage on the 4th episode of this series (which has now had the blanks filled in by readers – love you guys!), I’ve managed to find all of them this time around… huzzah!

The tee at the top of this post is called Filthy Panda and is available from Genki Gear for £15 (mens, womens), or you can get the size XL at Play.com for £10 with free delivery.

itcrowd-wecanlive

The second tee of the week was from someone you see fairly regularly on HYA, Amorphia Apparel. The t-shirt is obviously a reference to the Alien franchise, and can be yours for the low price of $12.49 if you visit this link.

laughthisofftwinkletoes

The last tee that Roy wore in episode five was pretty easy to find to be honest, all I needed to do was Google “Laugh this off twinkletoes” and I found out that this tee was related to a comic produced by 2000AD. Finding somewhere that had the design on sale was rather more troublesome. It isn’t available at Amazon, Play, or a number of other smaller retailers, and it is only available in size small in the official 2000AD shop. I guess it’s entirely possible that they’ll reprint the twinkletoes tee after the exposure it has been given by the show, but I’m afraid that unless you’re a small guy, you’re out of luck.

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From watching the show, I had presumed that this weeks tee scavenger hunt for The IT Crowd was going to be a tough one, but in reality I managed to hunt down both of the t-shirts Roy wore in the episode.

If you haven’t seen the show, you’re probably wondering why there is a topless man at the top of this post. Well, I don’t want to give away the plot, but Roy ends up shirtless for quite lot of the show, which is probably great for those of you that are into not-particularly-toned Irishmen (not that I’m anything to write home about!).


The first tee Roy wore in the episode was this white shirt with a number of small hand drawn graphics on it and the text “a series of tubes” written underneath. Any geek worth their salt, knows what that’s a reference to, and for those of you that don’t, it’s a quote from corrupt former-Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, who was explaining net neutrality to the Senate. The tee is by Think Geek, costs $9.99 (though as it is on its ‘last chance’, it probably won’t be reprinted, so be quick) and can be bought here.


Roy then went off being all topless and stuff and we didn’t see him wearing another tee until the closing credits in which he was struggling to wrestle his jacket off an elderly woman. The was a quick shot in which I got a good look at the tee, which had the words Ludovico Technique written on it. The Ludovico Technique is of course the “fictitious drug-assisted aversion therapy from the novel and film A Clockwork Orange.” A quick google told me that the tee came from British label Last Exit To Nowhere, costs £17.50 and can be purchased here.

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Episode 2 was a bit tougher than the season opener because of that damned pixelated Kermit the Frog tee, but I did find it eventually, so all is good. Pretty funny episode too, I loved that when I was in the pub on Sunday watching the Arsenal game (between furious bouts of shopping in Manchester) we came scarily close to having the same football conversation as they did in the show, even though none of the people I was with watch The IT Crowd.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand, the pixelated/censored Kermit the Frog ‘Witness Protection Program’ t-shirt is made by Chunk, who do lots of retro/pop culture tees, but it isn’t available on their website. I’ve only been able to find it for sale at Urban Outfitters for the rather ludicrous price of £28. I was about to go on a rant about UO and their prices now, but I’ve just noticed that Chunk sell other Witness Protection tees (with characters like Batman & Superman on them) on their own site for £24.95, so I can’t get too annoyed with ‘hipster mecca’ this time around.


Next up was a tee that I recognised immediately, as it is a bit of a classic in the world of indie tees. The t-shirt with the Japanese schoolgirl getting shot on it is an homage to Battle Royale, the fantastic, and fantastically violent Japanese film, and is made by Airside. The tee is also worn by Roy in Channel 4’s press material for the show. This one will set you back £24.95, which is pretty much par for the course in Britain, sorry Americans. Buy it here.


The third and final tee that Roy wore on the show was one I already knew about as well, which probably suggests that I do spend a bit too much looking at t-shirts, as I knew that those firefighters were the work of Derek over at Enclothe. It’s nice to see a friend of the blog getting some great exposure on a TV show watched by millions of people here in the UK. The tee is called 451, which is a reference to Fahrenheit 451 (I think), and I’m not sure if it was intentional, but the idea of a guy who works in IT wearing a t-shirt about the temperature that paper/books burn at is very cool. It costs $19 and can be bought here.

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