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The 10 Funniest Boy Band Spoofs

Catch Comedy Crib's new series Boy Band on IFC.com.

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For those too young to remember, there was a time when boy bands ruled the airwaves. Every band was exactly the same (basically four Justin Timberlakes and a token dude with questionable facial hair and dreads), and yet somehow they all topped the charts and had their videos played incessantly by Carson Daly on MTV’s Total Request Live. To celebrate Comedy Crib’s new series Boy Band, here are some of the funniest takedowns of boy bands we’ve ever seen. Gurl, you best watch them all.

10. Boyz 4 Now, Bob’s Burgers

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New Girl‘s Max Greenfield made his boy band debut in this Bob’s Burgers episode, which found young Louise Belcher horrified to realize she has a crush on a member of the pop band Boyz 4 Now after reluctantly attending one of their concerts. But with tight lyrics like “When I see you/I fall apart like a zombie/I got too nervous to ask you out to the prom-bie,” who could resist? She has a heart people, and it beats for the Boyz. For now at least. 


9. 2gether

Boy bands were peaking in 2000 when MTV commissioned their first full-length movie, a parody meant to knock the genre down a peg or two. With songs like “U + Me = Us (Calculus),” and “Say It (Don’t Spray It),” it would’ve been hard to take 2gether seriously, and yet their first album charted at 87th on The Billboard Hot 100. So, this begs the question: did people love them for mocking boy bands, or just confuse them for one?


8. Dudez-A-Plenti, Late Night with Conan O’Brien

Conan knew there was no easier money than boy band money. Get some cute boys, a pun-y band name and some winking vows of celibacy, and you’re in business. At least, that’s what he thought. Turns out, no matter how many Ritz crackers you pay them, if they don’t nail it by the rehearsal space’s 4:30 step class, you’re in deep trouble.


7. Party Posse, The Simpsons

Leave it to The Simpsons to weaponize boy bands. Lisa was the first to find something suspicious when Bart, Nelson, Ralph and Milhouse were recruited to join a new boy band called Party Posse. It was only when she played their one and only song’s chorus backwards did she realize that “Yvan eht Nioj” was really just a subliminal way to recruit for the Navy. Whether it’s to steal the young and dumb’s money or have them join the military, there’s no way anyone would release this crap without an ulterior motive.


6. Mumtown, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Mumford and Sons may not want to relive their younger years, touring shopping malls as the boy band Mumtown, but for mute member Jimmy “Mum” Kimmel, who wasn’t allowed to sing, those were the best days of his life. Sadly, it would be the nonsensical lyrics of the Kimmel penned “I Am My Heart” that would finally drive the boys apart for good.


5. Boy Band, Comedy Crib

Comedian Brett Davis (The Special Without Brett Davis) is behind this Comedy Crib series about an aging boy band member looking to reclaim his former glory by discovering the next One Direction. (You can check out more episodes of Boy Band here.)


4. Sev’ral Timez, Gravity Falls

It’s not easy creating the perfect boy band. Just ask super producer Ergman Bratsman, who grew identical boys in test tubes, and brought them together to form Sev’ral Timez. But if you think that’s all it takes, you haven’t worked out the budget for the cages you have to keep them in between gigs, or how much it costs to grow a new one when they misbehave. Why does no one ever have sympathy for the cutthroat mangers? They’re the ones who have to get the treadmill and bait the meat so the boys will run long enough to create some electricity around here!


3. 7 Degrees Celsius, Saturday Night Live

7 Degrees Celsius, SNL‘s take on the boy band phenomenon, are so hot, we should be watching them through a hole in a paper plate. With a sound described as “hardcore gangsta rap mixed with hip-hop mixed with You Can’t Do That on Television,” they’re music is really timeless. Don’t take our word for it. Just listen to their love ballad “AOL” and be transported to a simpler time.


2. Boyz-12, American Dad!

Boyz-12 began when Steve’s friend Snot’s Uncle Lou merged members of  “Boy Bomb,” “Boy Jam” and “Boyz With Mouthz” to form a supergroup. They had a good run, until Uncle Lou heard about a new band, “Boyz 13,” and shot himself in the head.


1. Fingerb*ng, South Park

It’s no shock that Cartman’s decision to form a boy band had little to do with his love of music. Instead, his goals were clear — land beautiful women and make $10,000,000. He named the group after that fake gun shape people make with their fingers, because, why not? Surprisingly, the group (and the name) became a huge hit with the band’s female audience. Who would’ve guessed so many people were fans of, um, going “bang” with your hand?

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Forget Oscar

Find Your Spirit Animal

The Spirit Awards are LIVE this Saturday at 2p PT/5p ET.

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In just a few precious days, the greatest, most epic, most star-studded awards ceremony of the year comes to IFC.

And please, we’re definitely not talking about the Oscars. We’re talking about the Spirit Awards. Hosted by iconic comedy duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, it’s a relatively under-the-radar awards show with serious cred. And if the past is any indicator, we’re in for a wild night.

If you feel like doing your homework, you can find a full list of nominees and performance excerpts here. It reads like a who’s who of everyone that matters – those larger-than-life personalities with status that borders on mythological. Our celebrity spirit animals, if you will.

This isn’t hyperbole. Literally everyone who takes the stage at the awards show is spirit animal material. Let’s see if we can help you find yours…

Do you

Live in someone else’s shadow despite shining like the sun? Do you inexplicably vandalize your pretty-boy good looks with a sloppy-joe man bun and a repellent pubic-hair beard? Do you think sounding stoned and sounding thoughtful are kinda the same thing?

Congratulations, your spirit animal is Casey Affleck.

He’s the self-canonized patron saint of anyone who’s got the goods but doesn’t give a damn.

Do you

Have mid-length hair and exude a certain feminine masculinity that is universally appealing? Are you drawn to situations that promise little to nothing in the way of grooming or hygiene as a transparently self-conscious attempt to conceal your radiant inner glow? Does that fail miserably?

Way to go, your spirit animal is Viggo Mortensen.

He’s the yoga teacher of actors, in that what should make him super nasty only increases his curb appeal.

Do you

Get zero recognition for work that everyone knows is unrivaled? Do you inspire greatness in others yet get shortchanged when it comes to your own acclaim? Are you a goddam B-52 bomber in an industry of biplanes?

Bingo, your spirit animal is Annette Bening.

What does it take for this artist to win an Oscar? Honestly now, if her performance in 20th Century Women doesn’t earn her every award on the planet, consider it proof that the Universe truly is a cold dark void absent of reason or compassion.

Do you

Walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with a room full of friends? Have you been hiding under the radar just waiting for the right moment to leap out into the spotlight and stay there FOREVER? Do you possess the almost messianic ability to elevate Shia LaBeouf’s on-screen charisma?

You guessed it (or not), your spirit animal is 100% Sasha Lane.

If you haven’t seen American Honey, then you haven’t heard of her. She came out of the blue with a performance both subtle and powerful, and now she’s going to be in all the movies from this moment on. Or she should be, at any rate.

Don’t see your spirit animal there? Worry not. There are many more nominees to choose from, and you can see them all (yes, including Shia LaBeouf) during the Independent Spirit Awards, this Saturday at 2pm PT/5pm ET only on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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