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Office Hijinks

David Brent Returns, Everything Wrong With Sucker Punch and More of The Week’s Funniest Videos

Ricky Gervais and Weird Al are making us laugh this week.

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Is it Friday already? It seems like just yesterday we were like, “Is it Thursday already?” What a better way to head into the weekend than with a hearty helping of the week’s funniest videos? From an ’80s cartoon mash-up to the return of the original Office boss, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Best ’80s Cartoon Intro (NSFW)

Those of a certain age can readily recall the bombastic (and expository) introductions to our most beloved ’80s cartoons. But He-Man’s lightning-rod sword or Cheetara’s puberty-inducing gymnastics only led to the inevitable letdown of the episode’s cheap animation and pitiful storytelling (even for nine-year-olds). As such, YouTuber Jared Jeffries compiled a wealth of Reagan-era cartoons into a trope-tastic intro for the fictional toon Dash Swordslash And The Defenders Of Everything. Grab a bowl of HoneySmacksCrunch and give it a watch.


2. Everything Wrong With Sucker Punch

As if Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder hasn’t had a tough go of it already, CinemaSins is back for another scathing takedown of the glossy-explode-y CGI filmmaker — in this case, for his “skin over substance” flick, Sucker Punch. Come for the wooden acting, stay for the gatling gun-wielding Samurai monsters.


3. David Brent Is Back in The Office

When last we saw David Brent, the terminally awkward boss from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC version of The Office, he was living the life of a traveling salesman and wannabe singer/songwriter. In the first trailer for the upcoming film David Brent: Life on the Road, it seems like he’s…well, he’s still pretty much chasing the pop star dream while also cracking jokes that make a new set of employees stare uncomfortably at the ground. It’s nice to see Gervais back in the role he was born to play.


4. Scott Aukerman and “Weird Al” go together like PB&J

The first promos for the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! dropped this week, confirming what we already suspected — that Scott Aukerman and new bandleader and cohost “Weird Al” Yankovic go together like peas and carrots, mac & cheese and pretty much everything else that goes together.


5. “Hardly Working From Home” Featuring Parks and Rec’s Jim O’Heir

The trials and tribulations of working from home (constant distractions, glacial wi-fi, depleted K-cup supplies, etc.) already challenge its greatest appeal (work sweatpants). But running into Pawnee, Indiana’s greatest monster Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry Gergich could make it that much worse — especially if he’s hogging all the outlets at Starbucks. Parks and Recreation actor Jim O’Heir and American Idol contestant Rayvon Owen help comedy-music duo Tripp and Tyler give a shout-out to the self-employed.

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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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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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