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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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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