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The “Saturday Night Live” Sketch Showdown begins

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What would March be without St. Patrick’s Day-induced hangovers, lingering winter weather and brackets? An endless amount of brackets. You’ve seen them in your office, on your Facebook newsfeed, and, if you’re a luckless gambler, in your waking nightmares. This, of course, is all thanks to the appropriately named March Madness – the single-elimination NCAA basketball tournament that thrills sports fans and isolates those who couldn’t care less.

Good news, those who couldn’t care less! We’ve got a bracket for you (if you’re a fan of laughter, that is). Since IFC is all about comedy, we decided to determine the greatest “Saturday Night Live” sketch, tournament style. Every weekday, starting today, an IFC writer will determine the winner of a matchup between two classic “SNL” sketches. You can check out the full bracket here.

The list was compiled by having each writer send in his or her ten favorite sketches. The sketches that appeared most often made the cut. Some sketches are recurring (“Wayne’s World”), while some only needed one airing to make an impression (“More Cowbell”). These factors will be taken into consideration for each showdown. For the first round, we matched up the sketches according to categories (The Dynamic Duos, Digital Short Face-Off, Risqué Business, Greatest Cold Open vs. Greatest Last Sketch of the Night, Farley Fest, Ferrell’s Finest, Classic Eddie and Battle of the Blues Brothers). After the first round, it’s a complete free-for-all.

Of course, we were not able to include all our favorite sketches. You can see our Honorable Mentions here.

Check out the full list of sketches below:

THE DYNAMIC DUOS
1. Wayne’s World
2. The Ferstrunk Brothers “Wild and Crazy Guys”

DIGITAL SHORT FACE-OFF
3. Lazy Sunday
4. Dick in a Box

RISQUE BUSINESS
5. Schweddy Balls
6. Nude Beach

GREATEST COLD OPEN VERSUS BEST LAST SKETCH OF THE NIGHT
7. Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton Cold Open
8. Bill Brasky

FARLEY FEST
9. The Chris Farley Show
10. Matt Foley motivational speaker

FERRELL’S FINEST
11. Cowbell Sketch
12. Celebrity Jeopardy

CLASSIC EDDIE
13. James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party
14. Buckwheat Dead

BATTLE OF THE BLUES BROTHERS
15. Samurai Delicatessen
16. Consumer Probe

Showdowns:
Wayne’s World vs. The Festrunk Brothers
Motivational Speaker vs. The Chris Farley Show
“Lazy Sunday” vs. “Dick in a Box”
More Cowbell vs. Celebrity Jeopardy
Schweddy Balls vs. Nude Beach
James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party vs. Buckwheat Dead
Palin/Hillary Cold Open vs. Bill Brasky
Samurai Delicatessen vs. Consumer Probe
More Cowbell vs The Chris Farley Show
Nude Beach vs. Bill Brasky
Wayne’s World vs. “Dick in a Box”
Samurai Delicatessen vs. James Brown Hot Tub Party
More Cowbell vs. James Brown Hot Tub Party
Wayne’s World vs. Bill Brasky
Wayne’s World vs. More Cowbell

Did your favorite “Saturday Night Live” sketch make the cut? 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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