The Rock Killed It on SNL. Here Are the 5 Best Sketches of the Night.


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Not to be “that guy,” but The Rock rocked it on SNL this weekend. Who knew the guy could be Fast and Furious-ly funny? Who knew he could be the (Scorpion) King of Comedy? Who knew he could Journey to the Center of our funny bones? OK, that’s enough, but you get the idea.

Dwayne Johnson might be the best SNL host we’ve had this season so far. The episode, from the “dark and gritty” Bambi-meets-The-Expendables video to the hilarious dinner date sketch, was entertaining from start to finish. If you missed any of the hilarity that ensued, here’s a quick rundown of the five best moments.

1. “New Disney Movie”

Are you sick and tired of all the fairy tales getting the “dark and edgy” treatment? Well, you haven’t seen Bambi yet. SNL reimagined the classic tearjerking Disney character as a cigar-smoking, gun-toting, Rambo-esque fawn looking to avenge the death of his mother. Hunters look out, ’cause he’s not alone. There’s Thumper, who’s “always thumpin'”; Flower, who smells bad but looks good; and Faline, the “girl Bambi.” (The sketch gets bonus points for Jay Pharoah’s hilarious Tyrese impression.)

2. “WWE Promo Shoot”

The Rock completely forgot how to talk smack. Playing wrestler Koko WatchOut, he’s recording some promos for an upcoming match against Trashyard Mutt (Bobby Moynihan). Everything is going famously and people are getting amped…until Koko gets a little too personal.

3. “Dinner Date”

Are you crazy stiff right now, after watching The Rock playing a meathead loudmouth who ruins Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer’s date night? We feel like we’ve been effed in the brain without protection. In a sketch that could’ve been dull and lagging, Johnson throws out these one-liners as easily as his British girlfriend (expertly played by Cecily Strong) calls appetizers “nipples.” “Nibbles”? Who knows.

4. “The Rock Obama Cold Open”

Jay Pharaoh’s President Obama is almost (keyword “almost”) as famous as Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, but he’s losing control of his Cabinet. When Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Ted Cruz take a few jabs at his political effectiveness and, worse yet, his final four bracket, Obama Hulks out. A fun return of a character from The Rock’s previous hosting SNL gig made even funnier by Leslie Jones as She-Rock Obama.

5. “The Jungle”

While The Rock’s Bambi was a total badass, his version of Indiana Jones, Mr. Bones, is irresistible, especially for Kate McKinnon’s performance as his randy love interest. In this spoof of the Indy franchise and the many TNT original movie knockoffs, The Rock keeps getting hit by poison darts while in the jungle on an archaeological excursion. To save him, someone has to suck out the poison, even when the darts prick his nipple, butt and Johnson Jr. (if you know what I mean). Worth watching just for Pete Davidson’s barrel roll alone.

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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.

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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