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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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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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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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