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The 10 Best Comedy Songs of 2015 (So Far)

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The year is only half over, and we’ve already had more songs that genuinely tickle our funny bone than we can count. Well, there’s ten. I guess we can count to ten, but still. That’s a lot. In some ways, thanks to everyone from Tim Heidecker to Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner, we’re living in the age of the comedy song. To get you ready for College Humor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, here are a few of our favorites from the last six months.

10. “Scientology (That’s The Plan For Me),” Tim Heidecker

Scientology is having a moment, and Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric wanted a piece of it. Having written a song about the religion back in 2013, inspired by The Kinks, all that required was dusting it off and putting some production value behind it. Never overtly comedic, its subtle weirdness is a perfect expression of Tim Heidecker’s comedy.


9. Michael Bolton’s IRS Serenade, Last Week Tonight

Being British, John Oliver has trouble conveying sincere emotions. Thankfully, he called on Michael Bolton to deliver a stirring ballad dedicated to the Internal Revenue Service.


8. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Songify This!,” The Gregory Brothers

The Gregory Brothers created a sitcom theme for the ages for the Netflix hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, by harkening back to the song that first made them famous.


 7. “If Canadians Made a Rap Diss Video,” College Humor

The folks at College Humor cooked up the nicest rap diss video ever in time for the Comedy Music Hall of Fame.


6. Adam Sandler Sings Farewell Song to David Letterman

Adam Sandler first made his name with a series of silly songs, so it’s only fitting that he whip out one more to say goodbye to one of his heroes. Letterman’s laughter, particularly at a stray line about Sandler’s mother, shows how tickled he is by the whole thing.


5. Michael Sheen’s Ode to Blade RunnerReggie Makes Music

It won’t be easy saying goodbye to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Reggie Watts, but we’ll always have his web series Reggie Makes Music, in which he improvised bizarre songs with some of the most talented actors and comedians of our time. Here, Michael Sheen pays long overdue respect to the one and only Rutger Hauer.


4. Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon Recreate the “More Than Words” Music Video

Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black nail this cover of the Extreme classic, right down to the questionable hairstyle choices.


3. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) Sings About His Super Powers to the Tune of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”

Hawkeye is everyone’s least favorite superhero, and he knows that. At least, that seems to be the case here, judging by Jeremy Renner soulful song about the other talents of the forgotten Avenger. Did you know he’s a heck of a bowler, or that he can open a jar of pickles without any help at all?


2. Stephen Colbert Debuts New Late Show Theme Song…Sort of

It’s time to say hello (again) to Stephen Colbert, new host of The Late Show, with his brand new theme song! Okay, maybe it’s not perfect, but he’ll figure it out.


1. “Neurotology’s Always Believe Music Video,” SNL

Coming off of HBO’s revelatory documentary, Going ClearSNL took their turn at the Scientology plate with this send up of an actual song recorded by the church. It speaks to the outright insanity of the house that L. Ron Hubbard built that this over the top music video parody isn’t really that much more bizarre than the song it’s spoofing.

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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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