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Muppets Rap, a Classic Prince Memory and More of the Week’s Funniest Videos

This week we're remembering Prince in our round-up of the week's funniest videos.

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As another week ends, it’s important to blow off some steam with some hilarious videos. An entertainment appetizer, if you will, that’ll make the transition from work to play a little easier.

From a campy take on Marvel anti-hero the Punisher to a hilarious memory of the late, great Prince from a classic Chappelle Show episode, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Punisher ’66

The absurdly campy exploits of the Caped Crusader didn’t begin with Joel Schumacher — and they certainly weren’t as painful. The delightfully silly 1966 Batman TV series stood in stark contrast to the dark and brooding character we know Mr. Wayne as now. The sketch group Mrs. Woman imagined what the peppy music and hypercolor “Biffs!” and “Splats!” would look if applied to everyone’s favorite murderous vigilante. Check it out above, and click here to see all airings of The Punisher on IFC.


2. Dating Fashion from Boxed In

This week Boxed In, comedian Amy York Rubin‘s darkly funny take on dating as a “gay-ish” woman in Los Angeles, premiered on IFC’s Comedy Crib. A mixture of Broad City, Girls, and Transparent, it’s a richly funny series with Rubin as a standout comedic performer. Check out the episode above, featuring Alison Rich from the FOX late night show Party Over Here, where Amy can’t seem to find the right balance between a butch or femme look for others’ tastes.


3. The Foot Fist Way

Before Danny McBride walloped us with his unhinged Kenny Powers on HBO’s fantastic Eastbound & Down, the comedy star hit the ground running in another production with Eastbound co-creator Jody Hill: 2006’s criminally underseen The Foot Fist Way. McBride stars as a Powers-esque karate instructor and employs a familiar dunderheaded confidence that made the HBO series so hilarious. And as a gift to us all, Paramount has posted the entire movie to YouTube.


4. Muppets Sing A Tribe Called Quest

In a break from Mylo The Cat’s consistently solid Muppet mashups, YouTuber spunnywigg stepped up and delivered a fantastic mix of A Tribe Called Quest’s thumping “Scenario” with Sesame Street characters. The voices of Tip, Phife (RIP), and Leaders of the New School are attached to various Muppets throughout the song, but it’s the little details (like “How now, brown cow?” matched with a cow puppet) that make this video shine.


5. Chappelle Show’s Prince Segment

By now, you’ve probably pored through the complete Prince catalog at least a few times, so take a moment to dab your dewy eyes and enjoy one of the funniest, happiest, and strangely uplifting segments ever to appear on the hilarious Chappelle’s Show.

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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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