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The Ultimate Comedy Fantasy Weekend Starts Thursday on IFC

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Look! Up in the sky! Those fireworks aren’t marking our nation’s independence, they are alerting you to the fact that this Thursday we’re kicking off the Ultimate Comedy Fantasy Weekend. That’s right, this weekend’s the festivities don’t have to end when the rocket’s red glare fades from the sky, in fact, the fun is just getting started! Our Ultimate Comedy Fantasy Weekend is so big it can’t be contained by a measly Saturday and Sunday, so we’re kicking things off on Thursday with a National Lampoon movie marathon and ends on Sunday with back-to-back comedies like Arrested Development and Portlandia with hours of laughs in between. Remember, there’s no better way to work out your abs than with belly laughs.

Here are some of the highlights to watch this weekend on IFC, but check the schedule for full listings:

Thursday

Tune in at 8/7c for “Kick-Ass,” a film that totally lives up to its name. Despite a complete lack of extraordinary powers, a teenager (Aaron Johnson) reinvents himself as a superhero and, together with a father/daughter team of vigilantes, takes on a mob boss.

At 10:30PM it’s Broken Lizard’s Club Dread where a killer terrorizes vacationers and staff members (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan) at a Caribbean resort owned by a has-been rocker (Bill Paxton).

Friday

At 3:45p.m., we’re showing Robin Hood: Men in Tights. This updated classic stars Cary Elwes as the infamous Sherwood Forest archer who leads his merry mixed bag of outlaws against Prince John (Richard Lewis) and the Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees).

Then at 8/7c it’s Undercover Brother starring Eddie Griffin as a low-rent private detective who poses as a preppy nerd in order to foil a plot by conspirators.

Saturday

Tune in at 4/3c to watch as the brave puppet commandos of Team America: World Police protect the planet from fiendish terrorists and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il (Trey Parker).

Then stay tuned at 6/5c, for National Lampoon’s Adam & Eve, starring Cameron Douglas as a college senior who finds his patience tested when he learns his beautiful new girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is a virgin. The men of Porky’s can’t relate since they are spending their time spying on girls and getting even with the owner (Chuck Mitchell) of a raunchy bar in 1950s Florida. Tune in at 8/7c for your daily dose of raunchy college comedy.

Sunday

Watch back-to-back-to-back episodes of Malcolm in the Middle(9am/8am c), Arrested Development(starts at 12/11c),Portlandia (starts at 3/2c) and Comedy Bang! Bang! all day, because you’ve earned it.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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