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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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