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SNL Sketch Showdown: “Lazy Sunday” vs. “Dick in a Box”

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Welcome to the “Saturday Night Live” Sketch Showdown. Every weekday, an IFC writer will determine the winner of a matchup between two classic “SNL” sketches. You can check out the full bracket here.

Digital Short Face-Off

With Digital Shorts being such a big part of the “Saturday Night Live” lineup nowadays, it’s hard to remember that the medium of sketches was only introduced in December 2005. The first video, called “Lettuce,” was directed by Akiva Schaffer, written by Will Forte and starred Forte and Andy Samberg as two actors in a faux commercial for lettuce. Since, “SNL” has aired a total of 102 Digital Shorts, and their production quality has significantly improved since the early days of their existence. For the most part, the men of The Lonely Island –Schaffer, Samberg and Jorma Taccone — created the Digital Shorts, though new writers and directors have taken over since the trio has moved on from “SNL.” But the Digital Short ushered in a new era of sketches that they could be filmed ahead of time and include surprising celebrity cameos. Some of the most memorable Digital Shorts are the musical ones, which often feature songs from The Lonely Island’s albums and have included appearances from musicians like Justin Timberlake, Julian Casablancas, T-Pain and Michael Bolton.

The Matchup

“Lazy Sunday” might not have been the first Digital Short, but it is the first one that most fans remember. It debuted on “SNL” in 2005 and features Samberg and Chris Parnell singing a rap about their love of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and cupcakes, among other things. Thanks to the rising power of the Internet, this was the first Digital Short to really go viral. It’s not quite as polished as the later Lonely Island Digital Shorts, but it does go down as being the first Digital Short musical video and the first song off of The Lonely Island’s 2009 album, “Incredibad,” to be featured on “SNL.”

By the time “Dick in a Box” rolled around in 2006, The Lonely Island crew had perfected their Digital Short persona, and in this video they had a big name to help the skit break out. In the video, Justin Timberlake joined Samberg to serenade current “SNL” performers Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph with the ultimate gift: their genitalia. Having Timberlake on board definitely helped boost “Dick in a Box’s” popularity, but the overall genius of the sketch was its match of an absurd premise with faux seriousness. It’s no wonder that “Dick in a Box” went on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2007 and was the first single released off of “Incredibad.”

And The Winner Is…

“Dick in a Box,” hands down. “Lazy Sunday” might have been the first Lonely Island Digital Short to be featured on “SNL” and one of the most beloved, but it was “Dick in a Box” that made the Digital Short one of the most anticipated skits on the improv series. It paved the way for the likes of “I’m On A Boat,” “Jizz In My Pants” and “I Just Had Sex,” and also remains one of the most popular sketches of the 2000s.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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