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Watch Fred Armisen Try to Solve a Tricky Word Search Puzzle

This week we're laughing at Fred solving a world puzzle, Steve Harvey versus a robot and more.

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It’s been a grueling week and as we claw our ways to the weekend, it’s important to start our two-day break right with a hearty helping of funny videos. Absorb and revel in the goofiness — your mental health will thank you.

From Fred Armisen’s word search help to Steve Harvey meeting his robotic replacement, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. Word Search with Fred Armisen

Comedian Ana Lucia Fabrega (from the Comedy Crib series Boy Band) enlists the advice of Portlandia and Documentary Now!‘s own Fred Armisen to help her complete the most daunting of tasks: a word search puzzle. Unfortunately, what should take 30-60 seconds ends up pushing ten minutes due to Fred and Ana’s amusingly passive-aggressive bickering.


2. Scott Aukerman’s 100 Nicknames

If you’re anything like Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman, you’ve said the name “Scott Aukerman” so many times that it’s started to lose its meaning and has congealed into amorphous sounds. Such is the case, apparently, of the CB!B! crew member in charge of the on-screen chyrons. Check out this supercut of 100 times the show just couldn’t quite get Scott’s name right.


3. Batcat V Supercat

Reviews were decidedly mixed for Zack Snyder’s long-awaited match-up between the Dark Knight and the Son of Krypton. But from the looks of this fur-laden short featuring very Internet-friendly characters, the bombastic brawl would’ve been far more well-received had it been between two cats. Check out Batcat lure Supercat to do his bidding via a citywide laser pointer.


4. Rey Meets Monty Python’s The Enchanter

In stark contrast to Bats V Supes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was heralded by critics and fans for reinvigorating the aging franchise which was permanently bruised by prequels. But what if Rey’s search for an old Jedi savior ended in a different cinematic universe, namely Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Here, with the help of some After Effects rotoscoping, Rey meets John Cleese as The Enchanter (aka Tim).


5. Steve Harvey Vs. Robo-Comedian

Tossing political candidates, televangelists, and late night hosts into his Lynchian nightmares, YouTuber and Vine star Vic Berger can do no wrong. And just a few weeks after he had Family Feud host Steve Harvey face his own existential hell, the absurdist editor pits Harvey against a mustachioed robotic replacement — much to the delight of Steve’s audience. Cruel and surreal, it’s pure Vic Berger.

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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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