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SNL Sketch Showdown: Wayne’s World vs. Bill Brasky

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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.

Mainstream vs. Cult Status

This one is an interesting match-up of sketches that couldn’t be more different. One is a long-running character-based effort that became a pop culture phenomenon and managed to get two movies made out of it and the other is an over-the-top festival of hilariously boisterous obnoxiousness. It seems a bit like an open and shut case, right?

Sketch 1: Wayne’s World

Now, in 2013, it’s easy to dismiss Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s old characters of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar as expired relics of the late 80s and early 90s – something as beaten into the ground as Austin Powers or Shrek. It became so ubiquitous that all the “schwings” and the “party ons” and the “butt monkeys” feel dated and old hat these days. But schticks aside, what makes “Wayne’s World” great is its versatility. There was a lot of room within the core concept of two juvenile teenage rock fans hosting a public access show in their basement to turn it into whatever it needed to be to tweak with the news of the day. Whether it was an idiotic take on simple Oscar picks, Bruce Willis playing the coolest guy in school introducing new cool words for the year, or a full-on fantasy dream sequence where Wayne winds up in Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video complete with actual Madonna, you could really do anything with these guys. They connected to audiences in part because there was only a thin veneer of unreality separating most viewers from being Wayne Campbell themselves. He was a guy you could see hanging out with, in a basement you’ve probably been in before. Wayne was more character than caricature, a long-standing creation of Myers’ that pre-dated “SNL,” and that gave him the range and depth to last for a long time in the American consciousness. Plus, they got Aerosmith on the show to discuss the collapse of the Soviet Union while Roadie Tom Hanks blurted into microphones about sibilance. You know, there’s never been a blueprint for the dictatorship of the proletariat, so there’s bound to be some mistakes. However, if you study history, you’ll see that, since the rise of the nation-state, socialism has been an historical inevitability, dude.

Sketch 2: Bill Brasky

Don’t count those Bill Brasky Buddies out right away. It’s so weird that it feels like it could have been a “Kids in the Hall” piece – which makes sense, what with Mark McKinney being there from the get go. They may have only had a total of five sketches , and it may have been repeating the same theme of a group of loud, drunk, horrible businessmen vociferously extolling the virtues of their cult hero son of a bitch’s exploits while occasionally blurting out awkward personal secrets, but it was a perfect satire of macho asshole-deification culture and a treasure trove of insane one-liners. “Brasky would use his own thigh as an anvil.” “He killed Wolfman Jack with a trident.” “He had dandruff the size of mice.” “His poop is considered currency in Argentina.” “He once ate the Bible while waterskiing.” The absurdity of ridiculous things like this coming out of the screaming, slurring fake-toothed faces of McKinney, Will Ferrell, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman and David Koechner, mixed in with confessions like “I don’t have a penis!” and “I’m a convicted sex offender!” – well, it all makes the Brasky sketches awkwardly mesmerizing. Something about Will Ferrell being really loud is funny more often than not. Improvisational non-sequiturs are comedy gold, and it feels like a sketch tailor-made for Goodman, playing a broken drunkard who could easily be some distant relation to Walter Sobchak.

And the Winner Is…

All in all, while Brasky is a great show closer, creating that last-call “get out there and go crazy” weirdness that thrives when nearing the 1:00 hour, when it comes down to it, you have to hand it to “Wayne’s World,” a catchphrase factory which left an indelible mark on Saturday Night Live history. It’s pail, it’s totally bucket to see the Bill Brasky Buddies go, but those guys are pretty sphinctitious when you get down to it. They dabble in the ways of sphinctery. One might say they’re off the sphinctometer. We have seen the sphincter, and it is Bill Brasky.

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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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