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Could This YouTube Impressionist Replace Harry Shearer on The Simpsons?

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Harry Shearer has left The Simpsons. At least, for the time being. While FOX is still working things out with the beloved voice actor to see if he can return in some capacity, there’s a vacancy in the voice cast for the show — a major vacancy. But can one budding voice actor fill his massive shoes? Well, he’s sure gonna try.

This is Brock Baker, an L.A.-based voice actor who “drives a car all by himself” and sometimes goes by the self-imposed moniker “the man of a kajillion voices.” He wants to replace Shearer on The Simpsons, should he really be gone for good. And to prove his might, Baker has released a video on YouTube showing off his Simpsons imitation skills. Watch and be amazed.

Shearer notably voiced such Simpsons characters as Ned “Howdley Doodley” Flanders, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, news anchor Kent Brockman and the coolest bus driver in town Otto. Baker runs down 14 characters, also including the Schwarzenegger-esque Rainier Wolfcastle, the elderly Jasper Beardley, Lenny, the Mr. Burns alien, Mr. Largo, Scratchy from Itchy & Scratchy, Reverend Lovejoy, George H.W. Bush (which is just a toned down Ned Flanders, really) and Herman.

These are not all the voices Shearer has provided over the years, and Baker knows this. He didn’t include all of them because, and he’s perfectly transparent here, he couldn’t come to close to imitating all of them. Which probably makes his chances of stepping into Shearer’s role less than likely. That, and not being a comedy legend with decades of professional acting experience.

Shearer recently tweeted that he’s planning to leave The Simpsons after voicing these classic characters for 26 seasons. According to the show’s executive producer Al Jean, Shearer was offered the same deal as the other voice actors and he chose to pass. The producers maintain that his characters will continue on the show, and Jean even told Entertainment Weekly that he hopes something will be worked out to bring Shearer back. For Baker’s sake, perhaps he’ll stay in retirement.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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You Missed It, But Don’t Panic

Watch the 2017 Spirit Awards Right Now on the IFC App.

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The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards are over! Done! See you next year!
Moonlight won every award for which it was nominated, The Witch got some well-deserved rookie love, Nick Kroll & John Mulaney were perfect hosts, and Fred Armisen apparently died.

If you missed any of it, don’t freak. It’s 2017, which is the future. The magical immediacy of media technology will save you.

Watch the entire awards show, start to finish, on the IFC app or right here. RIGHT NOW. FOR FREE. Or, you know, whenever, because that’s the whole point.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t get comfortable. Here’s a sampler platter that’ll give you the flavor of everything that went down today. Fair warning: It’s real good.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

Perfect hosts. Perfect. Their opening routine was deadly funny, wicked smart, and invoked both David Lynch and Werner Herzog. A huge step up from the Academy Awards’ usual fart jokes, figuratively speaking.

Andy Samberg’s Surprise Cameo

We’ll never think of Eddie Vedder the same way again.

Best Supporting Female: Molly Shannon

Superstar! It’s been too easy to think of Molly exclusively in the context of her beloved characters, but her nuanced performance in Other People changes all of that. And man can she work a crowd.

Best Feature: Moonlight

This. Movie. We called it first, Oscar!

See the full list of winners here and enjoy the entire 2017 Spirit Awards now or anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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