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What to watch on IFC: November 19 – 25

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Screw the sweet potatoes! Forget the turkey! Don’t even start with the pilgrims and Indians. This week we’re thankful for nothing but R. Kelly, Trapped in the Closet and the second season of Whisker Wars. We’re spending Thanksgiving ignoring the family and watching back-to-back chapters of Trapped in the Closet, followed by Trapped in the Closet: The Deluxe Edition at 11. Then on Friday we’re spending the day waiting for the premiere of all new chapters of Trapped at 9/8c and staying tuned for the premiere of the second season of Whisker Wars at 10/9c.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Fans of Captain Jean-Luc Picard will want to tune in to watch the first Star Trek: The Next Generation full-length movie, “Star Trek: First Contact” at 10:30 p.m. ET. Watch as Picard (Patrick Stewart), first mate Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and the others set off to stop the half-robot Borg from sabotaging a historic rocket flight in 2063. Resistance is futile, so tune in.

Tuesday

Nothing to make you thankful like watching others’ misfortunes. So tune in to watch “Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” at 10:15/9:15c. See how rural Texas cannibals do Thanksgiving totally wrongy by waylaying yuppie motorists (Kate Hodge, William Butler) driving from Los Angeles to Florida.

Wednesday

Soothe your holiday travel woes by fantasizing that Jason Statham is driving you to eat Aunt Sherry’s dry turkey or just watch “Transporter 3” at 8/7c or 10:15/9:15c. In the Luc Besson production, watch as mob courier Frank Martin (Jason Statham) and his a cynical Ukrainian woman (Natalya Rudakova), get shackled together with handcuffs that will explode if they wander too far from his car. Sounds like more fun than dinner at Aunt Sherry’s, eh?

Thursday

Happy R. Kelly day! Happy Thanksgiving, too, but hurry up and polish off that turkey, slice up the pumpkin pie and settle down to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of Trapped in the Closet airing back-to-back all day, starting at 10 am/9 am C. Topping it all off like the gravy on the mashed potatoes is Trapped in the Closet: The Deluxe Edition at 11/10c. It’s a newly remastered and remixed edition of the saga from the very beginning.

Friday

Catch up on chapters 1- 22 of R. Kelly’s hip hopera Trapped in the Closet with Chapter 23, which you can watch below, before the saga continues with all new chapters tonight at 9/8c. Then stay tuned for the second season of Whisker Wars,which kicks off at 10/9c.

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Saturday

Spend Saturday night nose deep in a graphic novel without ever picking up a book. We’re showing Frank Miller’s and Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” at 8/7c followed by Robert Rodriguez’s and Frank Miller’s “Sin City” at 10/9c.

Sunday

In case you missed it, we’re showing Trapped in the Closet: Deluxe Edition again at 8/7c. It’s a newly remastered and remixed edition of R. Kelly’s bold hip hopera. Follow the saga from the very beginning of the humorous and dramatic journey through Chicago with an interesting cast of characters who are connected by a mysterious package.

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Keep It Weird

10 Hilarious “Weird Al” Cameos

Weird Al comes to Comedy Bang! Bang! starting June 3rd at 11P.

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“Weird Al” has had one of the most unique careers in entertainment history. Sure, he made his name with parody songs, but he’s long since transcended simply poking fun at pop, becoming an American comedy staple in the process. With his new gig behind the keyboard on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, we thought we’d take a look back at just a few of his classic pop culture cameos, in which he showed he was more than just the man with the accordion and rhyming dictionary.

10. The Goldbergs

“Weird Al” came full circle with this recent cameo on this ’80s-set sitcom, once again donning the frizzy hair, mustache and Hawaiian shirt to return to his glorious retro roots.


9. Galavant

Galavant, the historical musical comedy series, was recently canceled by ABC, but not before we got to see Al as a doo-wop crooning monk who’d taken a “vow of singing.”


8. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

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With Wet Hot American Summer making a triumphant return last summer, we all should have known they would work in a bit in which “Weird Al” played a summer camp hypnotist who turned into assassin Jon Hamm.


7. Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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“Weird Al” creates music for all ages, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he occasionally pops up on Saturday Morning cartoons, like this turn on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, in which he got to battle the Joker and the Penguin alongside Batman, Robin and Scooby-Doo.


6. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Al has popped up on Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s bizarre ode to anti-comedy series a few times, but this wedding fever dream, straight out of the mind of a serial killer, really sort of sums it all up, whatever “all” is.


5. 30 Rock

Al is a man of many talents, but at the end of the day, he knows how to rip out a parody song with some bite. Here he puts his gifts to good use, writing lyrics to the 30 Rock theme song, and highlighting their lack of ratings in the process.


4. Halloween II

“Weird Al” shows up in just about the last place you would expect here, in Rob Zombie’s hard R horror remake. Playing a guest on what looks like an early version of Talking Dead, Al does some typical talk show shtick alongside Michael Meyers’ ethically compromised doctor, Samuel Loomis.


3. Transformers: Animated

Al has quite a history with the Transformers. His song “Dare to be Stupid” was used in 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie, and he also popped up as Wreck-Gar, a simple-minded robot brought to life by the All Spark, on Transformers: Animated.


2. The Naked Gun

Al’s stardom was ascendant in 1988, if this classic gag from Naked Gun was any indication. (He also did the theme song for the 1996 Leslie Nielsen comedy Spy Hard.)


1. Amazing Stories, “Miss Stardust”

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Al’s first TV cameo might just be his, ahem, weirdest. As an alien affectionately known as “Cabbage Man,” “Weird Al” made quite the impression without even needing his trusty accordion.

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Hello Sally

5 Roles That Prove Sally Kellerman Is a Comedic Genius

Sally Kellerman returns to Maron this Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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With her statuesque beauty and sarcastic verve, Sally Kellerman has put her stamp on several iconic TV and film roles. She always gave as good as she got, keeping her leading men on their toes. With Toni Maron returning to help Marc through a tough time on Wednesday’s brand new Maron, we thought it was time to revisit a few of Sally’s classic roles that prove she’s more woman than most of us can handle.

5. Judge Henderson, Moving Violations

Playing a saucy judge with a taste for bondage, Kellerman got to go full-on villain in this absurd comedy starring lesser Murray brother Joel. Who needs Bill when you’ve got Sally in a full leather getup?


4. Louise, Brewster McCloud

It takes some real talent to make a conversation about remaining celibate this sexy. Kellerman turns up the heat here, mixing sensuality with a mythic quality (she may be a fallen angel of some sort in this movie), that makes us want to forget Brewster’s dream of flying, and just spend a little more time with her on the ground.


3. Maron

Whether she’s dropping passive aggressive comments or searching for his love handles, Toni is the perfect representation of all of Marc Maron’s neuroses.


2. Back to School

Holey moley, when literature professor Dr. Diane Turner starts reading some sexy prose to her class, Rodney Dangerfield isn’t the only one whose eyes nearly pop out of his head. Kellerman proves yet again that she can mix class and crass with the best of them, playing the type of woman you can discuss erotic literature with — or just live it out with.


1. M*A*S*H

In perhaps her most iconic part, the one that scored her an Oscar nom, Kellerman plays the apple of a whole army base’s eye. It’s far from easy getting that kind of attention in the middle of a war zone, which Kellerman shows with one truly epic meltdown. Major “Hot Lips” Houlihan would make anyone’s grandpa’s war stories a littler bit easier to listen to.

Watch how Toni comes back into Marc’s life on this week’s Maron. 

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Southern Fried SNL

Watch Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in SNL’s Southern Rock Supergroup

Fred and Carrie kept it mellow on the SNL season finale.

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It was a veritable “band from comedy heaven” this weekend as a myriad of comedians assembled for a feel-good musical sketch in the Saturday Night Live season finale. Guest host Fred Armisen was joined by Portlandia cohort Carrie Brownstein as well as Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Larry David, and members of the SNL cast to form faux-southern-rock supergroup The Harkin Brothers — a band whose members managed to outnumber its audience.

If The Harkin Brothers’ smooth vocal stylings remind you of The Blue Jean Committee from Documentary Now!, that’s probably not a coincidence. The BJC first appeared in a different, more regionally-specific form in a SNL sketch with Sudeikis on drums.

Watch an all-star SNL cast perform a mellow tribute to Arkansas called “Summertime in Fayetteville” in the video below.

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