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Reggie Watts discusses the evolution of “Comedy Bang! Bang!”

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Reggie Watts might not have been a part of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” since its origins as “Comedy Death-Ray,” but he’s been an integral part of the story for a very long time. IFC was lucky enough to catch up with Watts at SXSW, where he talked about the journey he took from “Death-Ray” to IFC’s newest comedy show (set to air in June).

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“I remember, of course, starting to get to go on [‘Comedy Death Ray’], and it was such a huge deal, and Scott [Aukerman] asked me to do the theme song for the podcast, we started doing podcasts, and they just started building and escalating and they next thing you know, ‘Hey, want to do a TV show?’ Like, ‘Okay,’ ” he explained with a laugh.

Even though he’s been working on the new IFC show for a while, Watts said the experience of being a part of it is still very surreal. “Every time I was on set, I was like, ‘What decisions did I make that got me here?'” he said. “Like every time, ‘What’s happening right now?'”

Watts told IFC that he’s happier to be involved in an ensemble show instead of, as he puts it, “The Reggie Watts Show.” Even though Watts recently did a Comedy Central special, he said that this is the type of work he prefers to be doing.

“I’m stoked to be a part of it and it’s fun to do my thing,” he said. “I’m doing it in a really small way, which I kind of like. I like that I’m just doing this little teaser of what I do on that show.”

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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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Ho Ho Ha

Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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