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Fred Armisen Gets Animated, Honest Ghostbusters II and More of This Week’s Best Videos

This week we're watching Fred in the animated film Phantom Boy, Samuel L. Jackson on Game of Thrones and more.

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Show of hands: Who needs a break from it all? Who could use a light-hearted respite from political theater, unspeakable tragedy, and sweltering weather with a handful of funny and awesome videos? Well, we’re here to help.

From Fred Armisen lending his pipes to a new animated film to a honest answer to all the Ghostbusters haters, here are the five best videos from this week you need to watch.

1. Fred Armisen in Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy, the new animated film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, hits theaters this week and has been earning rave reviews for its moving story and stunning hand-drawn animation. And if one of the voices in the English-language version sounds familiar, that might be because Portlandia and Documentary Now! star Fred Armisen lends his pipes to a cast that also includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Jared Padalecki. Check out the trailer above, and look for the film out today in select theaters.


2. Maron Meets Hellboy

Marc Maron ended his IFC series Maron this week after four amazing seasons. Joining him for the two-episode series finale was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. Watch Ron and guest M.C. Gainey offer Marc some manly advice in the clip above, and stream the series finale right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.


3. Little Girl Reenacts Matthew McConaughey’s Car Commercials

The concept of “time being a flat circle” makes much more sense than the rambling and inscrutable Lincoln commercials featuring True Detective star Matthew McConaughey, who’s now replaced by a pint-sized road philosopher in this shot-for-shot parody. Trading the Lincoln SUV for a Barbie jeep, the little girl adopts a thousand-yard stare and rambles incoherently about vehicular existentialism.


4. Samuel L. Jackson’s Game of Thrones Recap

The land of dragons and direwolves gets a foul-mouthed assessment from the baddest snake-hater in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Games of Thrones newbies and experts alike will benefit from the six-season refresher, which perfectly encapsulates the beheadings and back-stabbings (both literal and figurative) by a guy who’s no stranger to laying vengeance upon unsuspecting victims.


5. Honest Trailers: Ghostbusters II

Opening this week, the third installment of this beloved franchise has been tainted by misogynistic, fan-frenzied offense to the gender of the lead characters — long before a frame of film had been shot. But the merits of the threequel aside, anyone who’s seen the 1989 follow-up to the classic original can readily admit that Ghostbusters II isn’t without its share of glaring flaws. Check out Honest Trailers’ take on the uneven sequel, underscoring how nostalgia can make us wear rose-colored infrared goggles.

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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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