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Do These Hilarious Goodfellas Spoofs Amuse You??

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Every once in a while a movie so distinctive, so iconic, comes along just begging to be spoofed. Be it the larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue, or savage beatings for mentioning a stint as a shoeshine boy, the elements easily lend themselves to comedy — sometimes just based on reference alone. Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas is one of those movies. But like the shower scene in Psycho or Darth Vader’s paternal revelation in The Empire Strikes Back, Goodfellas sparked such a parody abundance that it became hard to find the good among the lame.

Fortunately, we sifted through the chaff to come up with these six best Goodfellas spoofs. Enjoy!

6. “Raging Rudolph” (MADtv)

There’s something about Scorsese’s flashy ultra-violence that mixes so well with family-friendly productions. Perhaps it’s our innate desire to see our cherished childhood friends curse, flirt, and kill, because this Goodfellas-inspired parody of the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer is very satisfying to see. That’ll learn them reindeer for mocking a birth defect!


5. “The Goodfeathers” (Animaniacs)

Much like the frequent Sesame Street parodies that use strictly adult fare as a source, a few recurring characters in the madcap children’s show Animaniacs represent the trio of leads from a movie that (hopefully) kids haven’t seen. And yet, young or old, viewers can appreciate a quick-tempered cartoon pigeon flipping out over innocuous comments, whether the source inspiration was seen or not.


4. “Baldwin’s Mob Buddies” (Saturday Night Live)

In the cold opening to a 1993 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (remember when they were a thing?), Saturday Night Live turned Scorsese’s long take of the Goodfellas goons into a rogue’s gallery of outlandish Dick Tracy street toughs. There’s Jimmy Five-Times (who says everything five times), Nick “The Puppet” Lamponi, and Out-of-Focus Eddie. And maybe it’s our obsession with everything Norm Macdonald, but we’d watch a feature-length spinoff starring Richie Pause-And-Shout.


3. “Contemporary American Poultry” (Community)

It didn’t take long for the cult comedy series Community to establish its trope-spinning style by taking every genre imaginable and turning them inside out. And by the time the show hit its 21st episode, viewers knew Dan Harmon’s deep pop culture knowledge would be represented on screen. In “Contemporary American Poultry,” the Greendale gang corner the chicken finger market and quickly learn the thrill of power and corruption like a certain Lufthansa crew.


2. “Bart the Murderer” (The Simpsons)

Voiced by the indelible Joe Mantegna, there was no question that the Simpsons character Fat Tony would become a regular by his first appearance. In this classic third season episode that spoofs Henry Hill’s rise in the ranks, Fat Tony and his cronies hire Bart for his inherent mixology skills and lead him into a life of organized crime. The characters became so rife for parody that actual Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero sued Fox for $250 million for allegedly stealing his likeness for the character Louie.


1. “Pallies” (Mr. Show)

Watching a gangster movie like Goodfellas on TV is always a blast. Chock full of not-safe-for-network content, these films regularly have to be edited down — or better yet, awkwardly dubbed over — to meet the strict policies of the FCC. (That’s why you should always watch it uncut on IFC!) And here, the team at Mr. Show spoofed the practice of lesser networks by using an infamous scene in Goodfellas and censored it to the point of inscrutability, proving they’re a bunch of funny “mother-father Chinese dentists.”

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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