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Five reasons Michael Che is one of the best comics around

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It’s no secret that we’re fans of Michael Che. Not only was he a featured guest on Bunk, but he has appeared at Get It Out There: Comedy by BAM & IFC, our new experimental comedy showcase. New York City native Che hasn’t been doing comedy that long, but during his three years as a stand-up comic he has quickly risen through the ranks, nabbing his own night at Carolines’ Breakout Artist Comedy Series, getting profiled in the New York Times, and topping Splitsider’s list of The Next Wave: The Top 10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast as chosen by those all important talent bookers, hosts and club higher-ups. If you don’t already know Michael Che, get to know him now.

Here are five reasons Michael Che is one of the best and funniest comics around:

We fell slightly in love with him after seeing his introductory video for Anecdotal Evidence:

He brought the house down during his inaugural appearance on Letterman:

And killed it talking about how he would rather like someone than love them at John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show

He stars in a web series, “The Realest Candidate,” which he wrote for Above Average, the online comedy venture of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video a.k.a. our producing friends from Portlandia:

Now in honor of Black History Month, he’s saluting a different unsung hero in black history via his Twitter feed @CheThinks.

And who wouldn’t love him after watching him on Bunk where he talked about his dream to teach giraffes to swim:

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Now you have to believe us when we say: Michael Che is one of the best around. We can’t wait to see what he does next.

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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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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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