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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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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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