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Sneak Peek: Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts in Comedy Bang! Bang!

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To help ease the pain of “Portlandia” fans tearing up after the season finale of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show, we gave a sneak peek at the light at the end of the tunnel. Namely, Scott Aukerman’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!”, which is coming soon to IFC. As you’ll see below in the sneak peek, we know not to mess with a good thing. The television version of Comedy Bang! Bang! retains many of the elements that listeners of the “Comedy Bang! Bang” podcast know and love. There’s Scott Aukerman just hosting his normal talk show host, while IFC fave Reggie Watts makes up the one-man band. Then there is Paul F. Tompkins playing Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer or a close facsimile thereof, who is a recurring character on the podcast. Since Comedy Bang! Bang! is a talk show, though, we can’t just have Scott, Reggie, and Paul talking to each other, there has to be guests too. In this sneak peek we see Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation” (and, of course, “Party Down”) as the weekly guest offering some very important “celebrity advice” before Tompkins’ Andrew Lloyd Webber shows up.

We know you’ll love “Comedy Bang! Bang!” because whether you know it or not, you already love Scott Aukerman. He was a write/performer on “Mr. Show” and co-created and directed “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis, and, hosted Comedy Death Ray right here on IFC. While we love the show’s resident one-man bandleader, Reggie Watts (Comedian/Musician/Artist/Writer/Performer as seen on Conan’s Live tour and on TBS as well as his Comedy Central Special WHY $#!+ SO CRAZY), we’re pretty sure the feeling is mutual as he has written odes to Brooke Alvarez, “Portlandia”, and “Malcolm in the Middle”. We couldn’t be more excited for this show to premiere in June.

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“Comedy Bang! Bang!” is coming in June to IFC

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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