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“12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief” benefit concert tickets on sale today

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IFC is excited to announce that we will be a part of “12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief,” an upcoming concert benefit held to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Held at Madison Square Garden and airing on IFC at 7:30/6:30c on December 12, artists including Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney. The event will also be live-streamed on IFC.com.

Tickets for “12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief” go on sale today, December 3, at noon ET. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster phones and outlets, or the websites for Ticketmaster, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Tickets will be made available on a variety of price tiers, and Ticketmaster won’t include its usual ticket services charges.

There also will be VIP packages made available through the Robin Hood Foundation, which you can find out about by contacting them at 212-844-3564. If you’re a Chase credit or debit card holder, tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. ET on December 4, three hours prior to when they’re available to the public.

The proceeds from “12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief” will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, a poverty-fighting organization in the New York area that will guarantee the money made will go towards helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the tri-state area. You can find out more information about this event at www.121212concert.org. Even if you can’t attend, you can also donate money to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

Do you plan to attend “12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief,” or will you donate money for Hurricane Sandy relief otherwise? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

Exclusive Premiere: Glen Hansard “You Will Become”

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Glen Hansard has done a lot of incredible things during his long and storied career as a musician. He’s made a name for himself with his work with the influential Irish band The Frames. He’s developed a devoted following with his duo The Swell Season. He even won an Academy Award for his song “Falling Slowly” from the movie “Once.” But the one thing Hansard hasn’t done is release a solo album. Until now.

After twenty years in the business, Hansard finally achieved that goal and released his first solo album, “Rhythm and Repose.” The album is filled with Hansard’s renowned emotive lyrics, there are songs about unrequited love, desperate longing, mistakes made again and again, and the pursuit of happiness. The songs are quiet, but powerful, with Hansard channeling his humble angst through a filter of maturity and well-earned wisdom. While fans of The Frames may find Hansard’s usual intensity muted on his solo work, the album is a solid slow burner.

Watch the exclusive premiere of the video, directed by Hedi Rose, for Glen Hansard’s track “You Will Become”:

GLEN HANSARD TOUR DATES
*Eddie Vedder tour

October 31-November 1 /// Las Vegas, NV /// The Pearl at the Palms*
November 4 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Comerica Theatre*
November 6 /// Albuquerque, NM /// Kiva Auditorium*
November 7 /// El Paso, TX /// Plaza Theatre*
November 9-11 /// Austin, TX /// Bass Concert Hall*
November 12-13 /// Houston, TX /// Jones Hall for the Performing Arts*
November 15 /// Dallas, TX /// Music Hall at Fair Park*
November 16 /// San Antonio, TX /// Lila Cockrell Theatre*
November 18-19 /// Tulsa, OK /// The Brady Theater*
November 21 /// Memphis, TN /// Orpheum Theatre*
November 24-25 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Moran Theater*
November 27-28 /// Orlando, FL /// Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre*
November 30-December 1 /// Ft. Lauderdale, FL /// Broward Center*
December 3-4 /// Clearwater, FL /// Ruth Eckerd Hall*

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Do You Know the Truth?

How Well Do You Know The X-Files? Take the Quiz!

Catch The X-Files movies this month on IFC.

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The X-Files are all about uncovering the truth in the face of vast conspiracies. If you’re a real fan, you’ve binge-watched the original series, the movies airing this month on IFC, and are excited for the new installments on FOX. But how well do you know The X-Files? Take the quiz below to find out if you know truth, and be sure to catch The X-Files: Fight the Future and The X-Files: I Want to Believe on IFC.

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