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Get It Out There: Comedy by IFC & BAM

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One thing you know about IFC is that we love comedy. Also, R. Kelly and film, but comedy is our lifeblood. Probably yours too, because everyone likes to laugh be it watching our own Portlandia or reciting lines from “Anchorman.” We love comedy, which is why we’re excited to announce that IFC & BAM are partnering to spotlight emerging comedic talent with the new comedy night “Get It Out There: Comedy by IFC & BAM.”

Beginning Wednesday, April 25 (and continuing six times throughout the rest of the year), the “Get It Out There: Comedy by IFC & BAM” live showcase will encourage comics to experiment recklessly with humor by testing out fresh material and probing the depths of their twisted souls for new forms of funny!

“Get It Out There” The events are free to the public and will take place at BAMCafé (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) beginning at 9pm. Comics on deck for the inaugural April 25 show include Wyatt Cenac (Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Mike Lawrence (TBS’ Conan), Damien Lemon (Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus, MTV2’s Guy Code), and Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Stripped Stories). The night will be hosted by Jared Logan (John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show).

Caroline Creaghead, the curator of “Get It Out There,” told the New York Times that, “The show hoped to shine a spotlight on Brooklyn as a place where comedy is increasingly being performed but not to the exclusion of performers who aren’t from the area.” She added that “This is probably the first time that I’ve had someone say, ‘These are artists – we want to see people who are doing something avant-garde.’” Don’t know about you, but that makes us very excited to see what is going to happen on the stage at BAM. See you there!

For more information, head here.

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Watch: Marc Maron’s Stand Up Comedy

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Marc Maron has been a comedian for 25 years. He’s had his problems. He was an angry, drunk, self involved, twice divorced compulsive mess for most of his adult life, but with sobriety, his life and career are turning around. Marc tackles it all in his stand up routines and his incredibly popular WTF podcast, which features conversations with celebrities and fellow comedians, including a recent visit from Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein. As you may have heard, we are taking Marc’s life and turning it into a television show. “Maron,” our working title, explores a fictionalized version of Marc’s life, his relationships, and his career, including his podcast. Trust us, we leave his neurosis intact, because untouched, Maron is uniquely fascinating, absolutely compelling and brutally funny.

To prep you for some of what you may see in his show, which is slated to premiere in 2013, here is some of the finest of Marc’s stand up comedy that YouTube had to offer:

Here is Marc back in the day, roasting Chevy Chase:

Here he is reading dirty texts (NSFW, duh):

Here’s one of his appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Here he is on Late Night with David Letterman with Spanish subtitles for your enjoyment:

And here he is at the Montreal Comedy Festival:

“Maron” is coming to IFC in 2013

SXSW 2012: Kurt Braunohler horses around for new IFC anti-game show “Bunk”

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We’re having a lot of fun down at SXSW. But we think our host with the most comedian Chris Gethard is having more fun than anyone, especially when he is interviewing Kurt Braunohler from IFC’s new anti-game show “Bunk.” In this clip, Kurt explains one of his favorite segments of “Bunk” involving horses and podiums and jockeys.

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“Bunk” premieres on IFC in June

SXSW 2012: Kurt Braunohler shames puppies for IFC’s new anti-game show “Bunk”

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Around these parts, we’re all very excited for June when Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk, our first ever game show, hit the IFC airwaves. If you haven’t watched the sneak peek of Comedy Bang! Bang! with Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, Paul F. Tompkins, and Adam Scott, go do that now. We’ll wait. Wasn’t that great? So now you know that we wouldn’t lie to you when we say you have got to watch this video straight from the stage of IFC’s Crossroads House at SXSW of Bunk host Kurt Braunohler telling comedian Chris Gethard about shaming puppies for money:

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“Bunk” comes to IFC in June 2012

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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