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Drumming Up Laughs

Fred Armisen Jams With Conan’s Band in This Week’s Funniest Videos

This week we're laughing at Fred on the drums and Aubrey Plaza on Comedy Bang! Bang!.

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It’s Father’s Day weekend, which can mean anything from bear hugs to awkward silence over TV dinners. But whatever your plans are for Sunday (a Stephen King movie marathon with dear ol’ dad, perhaps?), gear up for the weekend with a fleet of funny videos. (Dad can’t ground you for that, right?)

From Fred Armisen sitting in with the Basic Cable Band to Aubrey Plaza staring down death on Comedy Bang! Bang!, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Amy Schumer and Anna Wintour Swap Lives

To celebrate her appearance on the cover of Vogue, comedian Amy Schumer spent a day in editor/fashion maven Anna Wintour’s stylish (and no doubt uncomfortable) shoes. Meanwhile, Anna hits the comedy club and tries out her new catchphrase, “Wintour is coming.”


2. Aubrey Plaza Goes Medieval, Almost Dies

Queen of shade Aubrey Plaza swings by Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight as a fair maiden of snark and sass. But due to an overzealous lunch, Aubrey finds herself flirting with mortality. (Catch back-to-back CB!B! episodes Fridays starting at 11P.)


3. Fred Armisen’s Jazz Drumming Tutorial

Fred stopped by Conan this week to show off a clip from Documentary Now! season two and talk about hosting the SNL season finale. And since he can never resist the opportunity for a drum sesh, Fred jumped behind the skins with the band and showed how easy jazz drummers have it.


4. They Might Be Giants/Star Wars Mashup

They Might Be Giants traffics in a special brand of musical pep. And as this mashup of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and TMBG’s fragmented track “Fingertips” off their 1992 album Apollo 18 proves, there might be a TMBG song for every occasion.


5. Honest Trailers: Finding Nemo

Looking back at a pre-Cars 2 Pixar is to witness a movie studio that can seemingly do no wrong. However, as the latest edition of “Honest Trailers” shows us, even Pixar in its prime isn’t immune to plot holes or logical incongruities. With Finding Dory hitting theaters, check out this lovingly nitpicky takedown of 2003’s Finding Nemo.

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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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