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Fred Armisen Teaches Us How to Be a Fake Drummer in This Week’s Funniest Videos

This week we're laughing at Fred's fake drumming, Lego Batman and much more.

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The weekend is finally here, and what better way to say “smell ya later” to the work week than with some of the funniest videos the Web has to offer?

From a high-octane mashup of an ’80s classic to beatboxing Batman, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Fred Armisen Demonstrates How to Fake Being a Drummer


Fred Armisen, the cocreator of Portlandia and Documentary Now! and all around funny person, sat down with The New York Times Style Magazine and discussed what’s most important to those of us with no discernible musical ability: how to fake like we’re rock stars. As demonstrated by a simple tap and occasional “thwap,” we can effortlessly achieve that aloof jazz drummer look. And sporting the punk drummer look is even easier.


2. The Suicide Monster Squad

Sliced and diced to a frenetic degree, the recent trailer for DC Comics’ Suicide Squad managed to breathe new life into both a heavily radio-rotated tune and the hope that the movie just might be good. Reflecting that hope is this stylistic parody trailer using the indisputably watchable ’80s gem The Monster Squad. After all, if a good movie can make a good parody trailer, then maybe a good trailer requires a good movie. (Double check our math on that.)


3. Meet your new favorite Boy Band

Comedy Crib‘s newest series follows a washed-up former boy band member as he assembles a panel of experts to find the next One Direction. (Or maybe just the next 98 Degrees.) Watch the first episode above, and check out the full series here.


4. LEGO Batman Loves Lobster

While the general consensus on the latest superhero slugfest is pretty bleak, a breath of fresh air dropped in the form of a teaser for next year’s Batman LEGO movie. Todd Margaret‘s Will Arnett reprises his role from the hilarious Lego Movie and shows us a Dark Knight with some serious beatboxing skills.


5. Tommy Wiseau’s Hamilton

That buzzing you heard amongst your former high school theater geek pals is the raves for Hamilton, the latest in a long line of Broadway’s hip hop-influenced historical retrospectives. However, if you prefer your rhyming couplets to have more in the way of tuxedo football and Golden Gate establishing shots, you might want to check out Jeremy Fassler and Zach Spound’s parody of Tommy Wiseau’s legendary bad movie The Room done Hamilton style.

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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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