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SNL Sketch Showdown: Wayne’s World vs. The Festrunk Brothers

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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.

The Dynamic Duos

The latest round of our “SNL” Sketch Showdown features a pair of duo-driven, recurring skits that were a regular staple on the series across several seasons. Both sketches starred a pair of unconventional characters who lived in their own very unique – and very funny – worlds, one full of rock stars and gorgeous “babes,” and the other full of disco and sexy “foxes.”

Actually, now that we look at it that way, they might have more in common than than you expect…

Sketch 1: “Wayne’s World”

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey made their “Saturday Night Live” debut as metalhead slackers Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar during the 1988 season, and the sketch went on to spawn not one but two live-action movies based on the characters’ adventures. Not only did the pair’s fictional public-access television series rock, it actually made DIY television seem cool – and if you’ve seen much public-access programming, you know how impressive of a feat that is. “Wayne’s World” quickly became one of the most popular recurring sketches in the history of the series, with Wayne and Garth hosting everyone from Tom Hanks to Aerosmith in their basement “studio” and coining catchphrases like “Schwing!” “We’re not worthy!” and “Party on!” And by imprinting with songs like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver,” this sketch managed to become just as significant of a pop-culture reference point as the subjects it riffed on.

Sketch 2: “The Festrunk Brothers”

Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd introduced the world to the Festrunk brothers in September 1977, strolling into the sketch with medallions swinging from their necks, chest hair protruding from their shirts, and bulges, well… bulging… from their too-tight pants. The combination of improperly used American slang, horrible accents, and a parade of guest stars playing it straight against these self-described “Wild and Crazy Guys” made this sketch not only a popular recurring element of the series, but a cultural touchstone. While Georg (Martin) and Yortuk (Aykroyd) Festrunk weren’t the most famous roles either actor brought to the series, the “Wild and Crazy Guys” were such a memorable team-up that they were brought out of retirement this season for a special sketch pitting them against this generation’s model: Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake’s “Dick in a Box” crooners.

The Matchup

Let’s face it: Every “SNL” sketch to feature some variation of inept, party-hopping guys has simply been trying to recreate the success of Martin and Aykroyd’s “Wild and Crazy Guys.” Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell never quite captured that magic in their “Roxbury Guys” sketches despite spinning their rayon-clad, Haddaway-loving brothers into a live-action film. Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, however, may have usurped the throne with their slick, musical “Dick in a Box” duo. Still, it’s hard to argue with the success of “Wayne’s World” – the most successful franchise to spin out of “SNL.” With two successful movies, a long list of bands and songs that found their way to the top of the charts thanks to a mention by Wayne or Garth, these friends from Aurora, Illinois, may actually be one of the only duos capable of tearing our attention away from the Festrunk brothers’ antics.

And the Winner is…

“Wayne’s World”

Like Martin and Aykroyd, Myers and Carvey were more than capable of giving us memorable individual characters – but when it comes to team-ups, no pair gelled better than Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, who consistently made their characters seem so much larger than the series that hosted them.

Did the right sketch win? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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