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What to watch this week on IFC: April 22 – April 28

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Roberto Begnini stars in the Academy Award winning tragi-comedy “Life is Beautiful,” which airs at 5:30/4:30c. In the film Begnini manages to make the Holocaust almost funny by creating a game to shield his son from the horrors of the concentration camp in which they have been placed. The powerful, poignant, memorable movie, which Begnini wrote and directed, earned Begnini an Academy Award for best actor as well as taking home Best Foreign Language film and Best Original Dramatic Score.

Tuesday

Get a classical education by watching Harry Hamlin overact in a toga. That’s right we’re showing “Clash of the Titans” at 5:30/4:30c. Hamlin stars as Perseus the mythological hero who was the first bro to ever yell “Release the Kraken!” at a kegger (probably). Also worth watching to see Sir Laurence Olivier (probably drunk) playing Zeus along with Dame Maggie Smith and Burgess Meredith as some of the other meddling gods.

Wednesday

In “The Cable Guy”, Ben Stiller‘s dark comedy, Matthew Broderick stars as a man who makes the fatal mistake of attempting to bribe the guy who installed his cable. At the urging of his pal Rick (Jack Black), Steven (Broderick) bribes weirdo cable installer Ernie ‘Chip’ Douglas (Jim Carrey) for a sweet deal, which ends up bearing a very heavy price: becoming BFFs with the lonely and quite psychotic man-child raised on television who is really determined to make sure Steven never ever gets back together with his girlfriend (Leslie Mann). It airs at 6/5c.

Thursday

Strap on your rollerskates and extra-large prosthetics, because we’re showing Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” at 8/7c. Mark Wahlberg stars as the well-endowed Dirk Diggler an up-and-coming porn star in late 70s Los Angeles. Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham also star as Diggler’s “family” who see him through the rise and fall in his XXX career and in the porn industry as a whole.

Friday

Spend Friday night in “Portlandia” when we show back-to-back episodes of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show. The marathon kicks off at 7/6c and features an organic, local, vegan, gluten-free, edible potpourri of episodes from the show’s three seasons.

Saturday

What’s the perfect ending to an all day “Arrested Development” marathon? A double feature of “Lethal Weapon” and “Lethal Weapon 2“? You’re never too old for this shit! Tune in at 8/7c to watch Mel Gibson and Danny Glover invent the Odd Couple buddy cop genre, which spawned such epic movies as “Turner and Hooch.”

Sunday

Cap off a long hard day of watching back-to-back-to-back episodes of “Arrested Development” with a double feature of “Lethal Weapon 3” and “Lethal Weapon 4” starting at 8/7c. The Mel Gibson-Danny Glover franchise continues with more action, more drama, more comedy and way bigger explosions. Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Joe Pesci all join the fun.

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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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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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