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Five Great Cameos On The Larry Sanders Show

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As you may have heard, the Larry Sanders Show (and a lot of other great comedy) is heading to IFC in January and we couldn’t be more excited. The series was one of the funniest comedy shows ever. No, really. The comedy originally aired from August 1992 to May 1998 on HBO and garnered much critical acclaim and a lot of awards. Like, a lot of awards: Out of 86 nominations, it won 24 awards, including three Emmys, five CableACE Awards, four American Comedy Awards, two British Comedy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award. So if you don’t trust our entirely unbiased opinion on the matter, perhaps that wall of awards will help convince you of how incredible this show is.

The show revolves around Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) who is the host of an eponymous talk show. The cast and crew of the fictional show was made up some of the who’s who of comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofolo, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn, Jeremy Piven, and Sarah Silverman. As the show was based around a talk show, there was also a steady stream of famous guests who stopped by the show-in-a-show for a turn on the Larry Sanders set. Guests appearances included Jerry Seinfeld, Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Burt Reynolds, Elvis Costello, David Duchovny, Roseanne Barr, John Ritter, and so many more. Here are a few of our favorite guest stars:

Here’s Jon Stewart, well before he was hosting The Daily Show or named the most influential man in America:

Jim Carrey got the audience all riled up during his time on the Larry Sanders stage:

Michael Bolton almost became part of the Larry Sanders family:

At the height of her Friends popularity (meaning, before she was on Cougartown or even in Scream, but after she was in Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark video), Courteney Cox stopped by The Larry Sanders Show:

Alec Baldwin looking young, spry, and very Jack Donaghy-like used his mind vice on Larry Sanders’ stage, too:

The much-missed Chris Farley paid a very motivational visit:

The Larry Sanders Show premieres on IFC Monday, January 3 at 11 pm E.T.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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