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SNL Sketch Showdown: Wayne’s World 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.

Sketch 1: “Wayne’s World”

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey made their debut as the baseball-cap wearing, basement-dwelling hockey-loving duo of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar during “Saturday Night Live’s” 1988 season. The premise of the sketch was simple: A metalhead slacker starts a public-access television show in his parents’ basement in Illinois, conscripting his best friend to be his on-air sidekick/air drummer. If this sketch had been created with different “SNL” cast members, it probably would have been a one-off throwaway. However, the sincere yet goofy chemistry between Myers and Carvey quickly catapulted “Wayne’s World” into the canon of best-ever SNL sketches. “Wayne’s World” became one of the most popular recurring sketches in the history of the series, with Wayne and Garth hosting everyone from Tom Hanks, who played Garth’s cousin, to Aerosmith playing an extend version of the “Wayne’s World” theme song. We also have Wayne and Garth to thank for phrases like “Schwing!” “We’re not worthy!” “Party on!” and even “…Not!” entering the pop culture lexicon. Plus, the sketch went on to spawn not one but two movies based on the characters’ adventures. The first film, “Wayne’s World,” was directed by Penelope Spheeris and featured Rob Lowe, Chris Farley, Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper along with Wayne and Garth. The film debuted at no. 1 and went on to earn over $121 million at the box office.

Sketch 2: “Dick in a Box”

“Dick in a Box” first appeared on “SNL” in 2006. By then, The Lonely Island crew of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone knew what they were doing in the digital short world and had cemented their reputation as the arbiters of cool via such sketches as “Lettuce” (their debut digital short) and “Lazy Sunday,” which featured Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell rapping about their love of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” among other things. During 2005 and 2006, Lonely Island already had a reputation for incorporating surprising cameos by musicians like The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, T-Pain and Michael Bolton to great comedic effect. For “Dick in a Box” they brought out the big guns to help ensure that the sketch went viral: Justin Timberlake joined Samberg to serenade Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph with the titular gift: their dicks in a box. With Timberlake on board with the incredibly goofy and hilariously raunchy premise – which was played completely straight – it was no surprise that “Dick in a Box” was wildly popular. “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 Lonely Planet’s album “Incredibad.”

And the winner is…

“Wayne’s World.”

While “Dick in a Box” may have rocketed Lonely Island into internet stardom, it was just a one-trick pony, albeit a hilarious one, but whose longevity has yet to be proven. On the other hand, “Wayne’s World” is the skit that keeps on giving. Two movies, a video game, a soundtrack album and innumerable catch phrases all came out of Wayne’s mom’s basement. Even in 2011, years after both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey left the set of SNL, Wayne’s World appeared as a cold open with Wayne and Garth discussing their Oscar picks and the results were still laugh-out-loud funny. Party on, Wayne.

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Forget Oscar

Find Your Spirit Animal

The Spirit Awards are LIVE this Saturday at 2p PT/5p ET.

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In just a few precious days, the greatest, most epic, most star-studded awards ceremony of the year comes to IFC.

And please, we’re definitely not talking about the Oscars. We’re talking about the Spirit Awards. Hosted by iconic comedy duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, it’s a relatively under-the-radar awards show with serious cred. And if the past is any indicator, we’re in for a wild night.

If you feel like doing your homework, you can find a full list of nominees and performance excerpts here. It reads like a who’s who of everyone that matters – those larger-than-life personalities with status that borders on mythological. Our celebrity spirit animals, if you will.

This isn’t hyperbole. Literally everyone who takes the stage at the awards show is spirit animal material. Let’s see if we can help you find yours…

Do you

Live in someone else’s shadow despite shining like the sun? Do you inexplicably vandalize your pretty-boy good looks with a sloppy-joe man bun and a repellent pubic-hair beard? Do you think sounding stoned and sounding thoughtful are kinda the same thing?

Congratulations, your spirit animal is Casey Affleck.

He’s the self-canonized patron saint of anyone who’s got the goods but doesn’t give a damn.

Do you

Have mid-length hair and exude a certain feminine masculinity that is universally appealing? Are you drawn to situations that promise little to nothing in the way of grooming or hygiene as a transparently self-conscious attempt to conceal your radiant inner glow? Does that fail miserably?

Way to go, your spirit animal is Viggo Mortensen.

He’s the yoga teacher of actors, in that what should make him super nasty only increases his curb appeal.

Do you

Get zero recognition for work that everyone knows is unrivaled? Do you inspire greatness in others yet get shortchanged when it comes to your own acclaim? Are you a goddam B-52 bomber in an industry of biplanes?

Bingo, your spirit animal is Annette Bening.

What does it take for this artist to win an Oscar? Honestly now, if her performance in 20th Century Women doesn’t earn her every award on the planet, consider it proof that the Universe truly is a cold dark void absent of reason or compassion.

Do you

Walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with a room full of friends? Have you been hiding under the radar just waiting for the right moment to leap out into the spotlight and stay there FOREVER? Do you possess the almost messianic ability to elevate Shia LaBeouf’s on-screen charisma?

You guessed it (or not), your spirit animal is 100% Sasha Lane.

If you haven’t seen American Honey, then you haven’t heard of her. She came out of the blue with a performance both subtle and powerful, and now she’s going to be in all the movies from this moment on. Or she should be, at any rate.

Don’t see your spirit animal there? Worry not. There are many more nominees to choose from, and you can see them all (yes, including Shia LaBeouf) during the Independent Spirit Awards, this Saturday at 2pm PT/5pm ET only on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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