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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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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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