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Watch Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman in “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”

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In the latest episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Jerry Seinfeld web series, the comedian coaxed late night legend David Letterman into a Volvo for a rare candid conversation and, of course, a cup of coffee and some bonus kettle corn.

Unfortunately we can’t embed the video, but you should definitely go here and watch, because when Seinfeld and Letterman get together it’s fun just to be a fly on the wall, especially because the notoriously private Letterman rarely grants interviews. The peek behind the comic curtain alone, is worth a watch. Other highlights include the fact that the car they are driving around in is a souped-up 1995 Volvo station wagon outfitted with a 380-HP racing engine. The car was the idea of none other than Paul Newman. “I just love the car because of Paul Newman,” Letterman says. “He called me one day and said, ‘The guy is building me a Volvo station wagon with a racing engine, would you like one?’ And because it was Paul Newman, I was a little intimidated and I said, ‘Yes, I do, Paul. I’d like one of those cars.'” Letterman clearly loves the car even though the station wagon caught fire on the Merritt Parkway while Letterman was rushing to an appointment with a cardiologist.

If that doesn’t encourage you to click over, how about this: Letterman recalls the time he had to follow Richard Pryor at Sunset Strip landmark The Comedy Story in the 1970s. “I kinda got friendly with Richard and really he was a dear guy,” Letterman says. “He closed with a bit about having sex with a dog, and I thought, ‘OK, there are many facets of genius.'” Later, Letterman does his always hilarious Leno impression while Seinfeld sits there silently. Now you’re totally going to watch here.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Watch: The “Anchorman 2″ Trailer Now

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The return of Ron Burgundy is almost here and the new trailer for “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” proves it. Check out the trailer for the sequel to 2004′s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” directed by original “Anchorman” director Adam McKay, with the full cast returning from Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner (“Whammy!”) and Christina Applegate reprising her role as female anchor Veronica Corningstone. Included in the trailer is some footage of Kristen Wiig as Brick Tamland’s love interest. No, she doesn’t play a lamp.

The forthcoming film apparently takes place during the advent of the 24-hour news cycle. McKay teased the sequel’s plot in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, stating: “I’ll tell you we’re staying roughly period, and I would just say it’s the next stage in the development of American media and news. The fun of these characters is they confront change very poorly.” We could have guessed that.

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Reggie Watts Wants to Know: Can Music Start a Party Anywhere?

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Reggie Watts and his wide-eyed assistant, Asif, are on a mission to uncover what music can and can’t do. The amateur socio-musicologists have teamed up for a series of social music experiments that Reggie is posting on his YouTube channel in conjunction with JASH, the comedy collective featuring original content by partners Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman and, of course, Reggie Watts.

This week, Reggie and Asif want to know whether music can really and truly start a party anywhere. The dynamic duo team up with world-renowned DJ Borgore to try and get to the bottom of it all and find out if music can convert even the most boring places into all-out ragers. Armed with two UE BOOMs and a couple of strippers, the guys do their best to unleash musical mayhem throughout Los Angeles. Watch now to help wile away the hours until “Comedy Bang! Bang!” returns on Friday, July 12 at 10/9c:

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