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10 Helpful Instructional Videos From the ’80s and ’90s

Learn how to host a talk show tonight on Comedy Bang! Bang! starting at 11P on IFC.

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This week on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott Aukerman and Kid Cudi spoof ’80s instructional videos with their “How to Host a Talk Show” primer. (Even Reggie Watts gets in on the action with his “How to Band Lead” music video.) Grab your Crystal Pepsi and join us for a look back at the heyday of cheesy corporate instructional videos.

10. Grill Skill Burger Rap

It’s a shame that “meat’s got grain to it just like wood” never joined “Baby Got Back” or “Mo Money, Mo Problems” in the hip hop lexicon.


9. 1991 Nintendo Training Video

We’re not sure what “Generic ’90s Business Guy” actually did to that filthy NES system, but we’re kind of on the store clerk’s side with this one.


8. Wendy’s Cold Drinks Rap

Less of a rap and more akin to whatever Debbie Harry was doing in the Blondie song “Rapture,” this musical ode to the most efficient and cost effective way to serve cold drinks is still pretty catchy. Remember to always use the scoop to fill the cup with ice unless you want to be out of work faster than a protagonist in a Bruce Springsteen song.


7. 1990 Blockbuster training video with Buster Sales

With his cool tie and no-nonsense attitude, “Buster Sales” was the Blockbuster employee training video answer to Bart Simpson. Though there’s a good chance he exists entirely in the mind of the bored clerk in the video.


6. Windows 95 Instruction Guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry

Remember when Microsoft enlisted Friends stars Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston to help explain all the radical stuff you could do with the hot new Windows ’95? Could this beeeee any more ’90s?


5. Chili Can Be Served With Cheese

The Wendy’s corporate training video production team really had all their bases covered. In case an employee forgets that you should always stir chili in a figure-eight motion, all they need to do is remember this catchy song.


4. Blockbuster’s Siskel & Ebert spoof

Critics Driscoll and Egbert review films like “Beaverton Hills Cop IV” and a black-and-white French arthouse flick directed by Francois Faux-Pas, all of which conveniently take place in Blockbuster Video stores. But it’s the staff’s commitment to customer service that really gets the thumbs up from the duo.

Things take a decidedly weird turn in part 2, where Egbert and Driscoll review a coming-of-age tale about a young boy who discovers classic cinema while creepily flirting with an adult Blockbuster employee.


3. Don’t Copy That Floppy

Thanks to this helpful rap, the kid in this video won’t be guilty of software piracy. But he is guilty of having awesome ’90s hair.


2. Kid’s Guide to the Internet

Don’t get mixed up in all that “cybernet” stuff, kids.


1. Wendy’s Hot Drinks Song

Proper beverage handling and serving guidelines have never been this funky. (Check out Reggie Watts’ take on this viral classic.)

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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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Home Run

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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