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5 Reasons You Need to Watch the New Comedy Crib Series Boxed In

Watch every episode of Boxed In right now on IFC.com and on the IFC app.

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Filmmaker/comedian Amy York Rubin‘s new comedy series Boxed In is a dark, satirical take on her life as a “gay-ish” woman in Los Angeles. Funny, natural, and relatable beyond the twenty-to-thirtysomething set, the series hits just the right tone, making it a must-watch for those who like their comedy cringe-y and real.

Here are 5 reasons you should check out Boxed In, every episode of which is available to watch right now on IFC.com and on the IFC app.

1. Amy York Rubin is a rising star.

An alum of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Amy deftly walks the fine comedic line of being both engaging and compelling yet subtle and understated, resulting in a very funny and believable performance. And considering she’s simultaneously playing the role of writer and director, the series is an impressive achievement.


2. It’s the spiritual successor to Amy’s acclaimed series Little Horribles.

Following in the footsteps of Little Horribles — chosen as one of the top ten best Web series of 2013 by VarietyBoxed In has the same darkly funny tone as its predecessor. The stories are relatable, the performances are natural, and Amy frames each vignette perfectly.


3. Fans of Broad City, Girls and Difficult People will find a lot to like.

Boxed In‘s nuanced depiction of the minefield of modern dating puts it in good company. Like Broad City, characters and scenarios are heightened to hilarious degrees without losing sincerity. Fans of shows like Girls, Master of None and Love will relate to Amy’s dating foibles and the self-involved LA creative types she encounters. And like Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner’s fantastic Hulu series Difficult People, Amy can make objectionable personalities fun and watchable.


4. It’s highly quotable.

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Amy’s writing shines in the series, with tons of perfect one-liners and GIF-able moments.


5. The cast isn’t afraid to break into song.

Boxed In Might Be Gay

The “Fame” episode offers a sharp take on the media’s obsession with celebrity sexuality and its impact on the LGBTQ community. And they do it through an extremely catchy song. Check it out below.

Click here to watch every episode of Boxed In. To read Amy York Rubin’s thoughts on the series, click here.

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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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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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