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Coming Soon: Comedy Bang! Bang!

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No one at IFC is sleeping right now. Why? Because we’re like kids on Christmas Eve and we’re just too excited to settle down and do something as boring as slumber. Who can sleep when we know that in just a few short months Scott Aukerman’s new variety comedy show, Comedy Bang! Bang!, will be on our air.

You may recognize Scott Aukerman, from the series of interviews he did with such comedy notables as Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and Seth Rogen here on Comedy Death Ray. Or perhaps you know him from his popular podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!, which was formerly known as Comedy Death Ray. Maybe you recognize him from his appearance at IFC’s Crossroads House at SXSW last year?

However you are acquainted with Aukerman, or even if you don’t know him at all, beginning in June, Aukerman is going to own your Friday nights when he hosts the new comedy variety show Comedy Bang! Bang! Based on his podcast, each episode of the new show features sketches, games, music, character pieces and visits from celebrity guests. Adding to the general awesomeness, Reggie Watts is the show’s band leader and the show comes from the production company of Tim & Eric. There’s no way this won’t be must-see television. Watch the promo below, and join us in our excitement-induced insomnia.

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“Comedy Bang! Bang!” comes to IFC in June 2012

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Five Favorite Willem Dafoe Roles

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Today, we are having a Willem Dafoe double feature. Why? Because we like you! Up first is “The Clearing” at 4 p.m. ET. The dramatic thriller is the directorial debut by Dutch film producer Pieter Jan Brugge. It stars Robert Redford as an affluent executive Wayne Hayes who lives an idyllic life with his lovely wife Eileen (Helen Mirren). Then Wayne is kidnapped by disgruntled employee Arnold Mack (Willem Dafoe) and held for ransom in a forest while Eileen has to reckon with the FBI agents as they negotiate with the kidnapper. It’s a tense thriller, and the cast is, of course, brilliant. You’ll need a few hours to recover, so do some stretches, watch “Malcolm in the Middle” and then at 8 p.m. ET we’re showing “Boondock Saints.” The film stars Willem Dafoe as a gay FBI agent determined to catch two brothers waging a vigilante holy war in Boston. There is one thing no one can about Willem Dafoe: He knows how to pick a part. From He in Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” to Klaus Daimler in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” to Jesus in “The Last Temptation of Christ,” Dafoe has a knack for nailing memorable roles. And his role as Tars Tarkas in the upcoming “John Carter” looks like it will continue the trend. Let’s make a list.

Here are five of our favorite Willem Dafoe roles:

1. FBI agent Paul Smecker in “The Boondock Saints”
(Did we mention that it airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET?)

2. Sgt. Elias in “Platoon”

3. Max Shreck in “Shadow of the Vampire”

4. Bobby Peru in “Wild at Heart”

5. Green Goblin in “Spiderman”

BONUS (What? With a career this incredible we couldn’t pick just five. We’re human beings after all):

Rat in “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

“The Clearing” airs on IFC today at 4 PM ET; Sunday, Mar. 4 at 8:15 AM ET and at 2:45 PM ET; Tuesday, Mar. 20 at 8:45 AM ET and at 4 PM ET

“Portlandia” Behind the Scenes: The Creative Process

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When you’re watching “Portlandia” each week, do you even wonder how they come up with sketches like Cool Wedding or the Allergy Pride Parade? Or who thought it was a good idea to put Fred Armisen in a red wig and matching lipstick and call him Nina? In this peek behind the curtain of “Portlandia” the show’s writers, creators, and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and director Jonathan Krisel give us a glimpse of their creative process. And Fred as Nina? That was all Jonathan.

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“Portlandia” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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