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Hear Marc Maron and Dave Grohl on WTF podcast

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Marc Maron has had a lot of incredible guests on his WTF, including Louis CK, Judd Apatow, Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams and, of course, Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, but we’re a little starstruck that Dave Grohl stopped by Marc’s podcast. Grohl has been pretty busy lately what with his directorial debut “Sound City” showing at Sundance, making the soundtrack to the film with Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor along with being a Foo Fighter and recently getting Nirvana back together with Sir Paul McCartney sitting in for Kurt Cobain. So we’re impressed that he somehow found an hour of free time to appear on the most recent episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, and we are willing to overlook the fact that Grohl didn’t stop by Marc’s garage and instead recorded the podcast at Grohl’s “massive studio,” as Marc described it. In the interview, Marc and Grohl discussed everything about his unprecedented awesome career, including “Sound City” to the Foo Fighters to Nirvana and how cool it was to jame with Sir Paul McCartney. Get the podcast here and just subscribe already, sheesh.

As you may have heard, we are taking Marc’s life and turning it into a television show. “Maron” explores a fictionalized version of Marc’s life, his relationships, and his career, including his podcast. It’s debuting later this year.

Watch/listen to this teaser to see what Dave Grohl teaches his daughter about vinyl and stay tuned for news about “Maron” on IFC:


“Maron” premieres on IFC in 2013

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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.

DVR Alert: Watch Mr. Show with Bob and David early tomorrow morning

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You’re going to want to dig your remote control out of the couch and track down the instructions that came with your DVR so you can record Mr. Show with Bob and David tomorrow and Saturday at 5 a.m. ET/4 a.m. CT.

If you somehow missed Mr. Show (welcome to the world, children!), it’s a sketch comedy series that sprung from the mind of former Saturday Night Live writer/actor Bob Odenkirk (a.k.a. Saul on Breaking Bad) and stand up comedian/actor David Cross. Yes, David Cross of Arrested Development and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. We like him. The groundbreaking show aired on HBO from 1995 to 1998 and during that time span managed to mock pretty much everyone from Satanists to hermaphrodites to the Ku Klux Klan. The show featured a lot of fresh-faced talent who have become comedy stars in their own right, including Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Jack Black, Tom Kenny, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brian Posehn, and Scott Aukerman.

Watch these sketches and then head straight to your remote control to set your DVR to record Mr. Show with Bob and Davide tomorrow and Saturday at 5 a.m. ET:

Anyone have change for a dollar?

Here’s Mr. Show’s take on method acting:

Here’s how they give a guitar lesson:

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Watch a new episode of the Total Bearding Network

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Remember back when we were kids and beards were big, beautiful bushy things that just grew out of the faces of men? When such bearding legends as ZZ Top and Abraham Lincoln just let their facial hair flow? You’ll feel sentimental for the good old days when you watch Total Bearding Network’s eagle-eyed expose on the use of performance enhancing drugs in the world of competitive bearding. If you have fainted due to these allegations, we have smelling salts available for use.

As anyone knows who has watched the fierce drama unfolding during the second season of Whisker Wars (which airs Fridays at 10/9c), just because the beard battlers aren’t scoring baskets or shooting arrows or making touchdowns doesn’t mean they aren’t fierce competitors who just might do anything to win. However one thing we know about our whisker warriors? Their beards are real …and they’re fabulous.

Watch the latest installment of our animated web series Total Bearding Network and tune in to a new episode of Whisker Wars on Friday at 10/9c:

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Whisker Wars airs on IFC on Fridays at 10 pm ET/PT

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