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Get ready for this weekend’s R. Kelly “Trapped in the Closet” Sing-Along

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R. Kelly is taking over New York Comic Con and you’re invited. Get your badge and come to New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13th at 8 PM in room 1A10.

As we await the return of R. Kelly’s hip hopera Trapped in the Closet to IFC we are coming up with new and interesting ways to fill the hours until Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy, Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back. So this Saturday, October 13th, we are teaming up with RCA and The Action Pack for an epic “Trapped in the Closet” Sing-Along in New York City’s Javits Center. The “Trapped in the Closet” Sing Along will be a fully interactive cinematic experience complete with on-screen lyrics, props and last, but not least, an R. Kelly dance party in between a showing of “Trapped in the Closet” chapters 1-22.

The Sing-Along at New York Comic Con will be emceed by Action Pack founder Henri Mazza who will introduce the music videos, instruct attendees on the proper use of spatulas, toy Berettas, and other props throughout the screening and sing-along, and demand that audience members stand up to “Step in the Name of Love.”

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The event is open to all New York Comic Con badge holders.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Mark your calendar for the “Trapped in the Closet” Sing-Along at New York Comic Con

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We’ll admit it: “I Believe I Can Fly” is our shower song. It’s got a smooth beat and you can dance to it. And as we await the return of R. Kelly’s hip hopera Trapped in the Closet to IFC we find ourselves singing the full R. Kelly song catalog to help wile away the hours until Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy, Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back.

But we don’t want to have all the fun ourselves. No, we like to share! So this year at New York Comic Con we are combining our two great loves — Comic-Con and R. Kelly — into the world’s greatest event: A Trapped in the Closet sing-along. Can we get an oh shit?

Want to raise your voice in song and contribute to this monumental event? Get your badge and come to New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 13th at 8 PM in room 1A10. Bring your smooth tunes and white suit and lets join forces and voices to give Trapped in the Closet the Rocky Horror treatment courtesy of The Action Pack with lyrics on screen, props, and a dance party with all of R. Kelly’s best music videos.

Start practicing now and get Trapped all over again and ready for new chapters only on IFC this November!

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R. Kelly has a new album out as Trapped in the Closet returns

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R. Kelly fans have a lot to look forward to. First, of course, there’s his return to the closet. Yeah, you know that he is working on a whole bunch of new chapters of his epic hip hopera Trapped in the Closet, which will premiere right here on this very channel this fall. Now comes the news that he is plotting an equally epic North American tour called, naturally, “The Single Ladies Tour.”

Plus, R. Kelly is working on some new musical material, which he promises will be less love and a lot more lust. Yeah, R. Kelly is back. “When you’ve done twentysomething years, man, of giving people what they want, and satisfying people — people like to say they’re making babies off your music, they’re doing all this — it makes me feel good, but at the same time, it makes me say, ‘OK, now it’s time to go and do something that’s in me that I want to do and get out,’” he said in an interview with the Washington Post. But now that he has the excellent, but lovey dovey “Write Me Back” and 2010’s “Love Letter” out of his system, Kells promises that the new album will mark a return to the Kells we know and love best, according to the AP story. “The name of my next album is Black Panties– that’s my next 12 Play” he said. “I’m going to have some fun on it.” Hells yeah, Kells.

While the singer writes new songs, he is also working on new material for Trapped in the Closet. He’s been filming in Chicago and told the AP that there are new characters and more surprises in store for fans, plus an explanation of what the mysterious “package” is (FINALLY!). Before the show returns this fall, take a stroll down memory lane and watch the first chapter, after the tour dates.

Here are R. Kelly’s Single Ladies Tour dates:

10-13 Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
10-14 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
10-18 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
10-21 Miami, FL – JL Knight Center
10-23 Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater
10-25 Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theatre
10-31 Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
11-02 Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre LA Live
11-07 Houston, TX – Jones Hall
11-08 Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre
11-10 Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Theatre
11-11 Cincinnati, OH – P&G Theatre: Aronoff
11-14 Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
11-15 St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
11-17 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
11-21 New York, NY – MSG Theatre
11-24 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall
11-27 Baltimore, MD – Lyric Theatre
11-29 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
12-02 Columbus, OH – Veterans Memorial
12-06 Cleveland, OH – State Theater
12-07 Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza

Here’s the very first chapter of “Trapped in the Closet”:

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Whisker Wars returns to IFC in November

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Ladies and gentlemen, brace your beards, because Whisker Wars is coming back to IFC. The second season of the hair-raising reality show from kicks off on IFC on Friday, November 23 at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

All your favorite whiskers warriors are coming back for a new season of backstabbing and cutthroat competition in the quest to top the hair-raising world of competitive facial hair growing. Produced and narrated by Emmy® Award-winning producer Thom Beers who brought us such fine shows as Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers and Storage Wars, the six-episode second season of Whisker Wars will follow everyone’s favorite

This season, it is every beard …er, man for himself as tensions reach an all-time high with each competitor vying to put themselves in the best position to take home gold at this year’s premiere international event, the German National Championship, in Bad Schussenried. The Austin Facial Hair Club, led by Bryan Nelson, Allen Demling, Alex LaRoche and Miletus Callahan-Barile, crafts an ambitious plan to establish themselves and their beards at the top of the competitive circuit. Former world champion Jack Passion finds himself at a crossroads and must decide whether to stand alone and fight his way back to the top or step back from the pressures of competitive bearding for good. Players Aarne Bielefeldt and Myk O’Connor reemerge and shake things up to take another stab at earning follicular glory. And who doesn’t want follicular glory?

Watch the trailer for season two and stay tuned for the best beard drama around:

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Oh shit: R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet: The Next Installment is coming soon

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R. Kelly’s sprawling hip hopera Trapped in the Closet is coming back to IFC and we couldn’t be more excited. The Trapped in the Closet saga began life as a five-part song on R. Kelly’s 2005 album “TP3. Reloaded” and soon spread to the world through a series of musically-driven endearingly odd and downright entertaining chapters. While there have already been 22 chapters of the seemingly never-ending saga, when it comes to R. Kelly and his quirky cast of characters, too much is never enough.

The premiere chapters were a suspenseful, mysterious, humorous and dramatic story, packed with cliffhangers and unexpected twists and turns. Now, Sylvester (played by R. Kelly), Rufus, Cathy, Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back! This year, the crew reunites on IFC in the next installments of R. Kelly’s continuing saga about a group of characters interconnected by sexual exploits, little people and a mysterious package. As we said, it’s a story that has already spanned 22 chapters, and we’ll confess it can be a little bit confusing at times, this just adds to its mystique and wonder. But, if you’re a stickler for storyline, don’t worry, when the show returns to IFC, R. Kelly will have plenty of opportunities to untangle the narrative — or complicate it even more.

Trapped in the Closet: The Next Installment hits IFC’s air this fall.

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