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Top 10 Moments of Festival Supreme 2014

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Summer may just be getting started, but we’re already looking forward to fall. Why, you ask? Because Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme returns to Shrine Expo Halls & Grounds on Sat, Oct 10. Before nabbing tickets to what LA Weekly calls the “Coachella of comedy,” let’s take a look at the best moments from last year.

10. Bridget Everett Gets Touchy

The alt-cabaret performer is best known for her hilariously provocative storytelling and wildly sexual on-stage antics — both of which were on full display during this late afternoon set, and we do mean “full display.” Everett danced, sang, flashed the audience and at one point gave a male fan an experience he won’t soon forget: some good, ol’ fashioned motor-boating! A perfect way to start the day in anyone’s book, right?
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9. Cheech & Chong Light It Up

The notorious stoner comedians returned to original form, dedicating their set to the legalization of marijuana and playing through their classic bits (Cheech suggests to Chong right before lighting a fictional doobie, “C’mon man, let’s get Chinese eyes”).
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8. The Aquabats’ Super Show

The Aquabats straight up crushed it. The beloved ska-punk band of crime-fighting heroes threw beach balls into the crowd, brought on DJ Lance Rock – who had opened the main stage (the “Franken Stage”) to start the day – and really amped things up by setting a fire extinguisher off on a giant inflatable alien and dinosaur. [Please note: no aliens or dinosaurs were harmed during this killer performance]
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7. Comedy Bang! Bang! starring Scott Aukerman & Pals

IFC funnyman Scott Aukerman brought a live rendition of his Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast to Festival Supreme and surprised a packed Shrine Auditorium with special guests Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott & Lauren Lapkus. The banter that ensued (Galifiankis at one point mentioned he was there as his new persona, spelled Z-A-Q-U-E) was a “supreme” highlight.
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6. The Return of Fred Armisen

In 2013, Fred Armisen took the Festival Supreme stage as his veteran punk character Ian Rubbish. Armisen returned in 2014, this time as himself. He began his set with some awkward fist-pumping to “Blue Moon” by The Marcels before a rather earnest and so-unfunny-that-it’s-funny cover of “Life Goes On” by The Damned.
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5. Tenacious D Welcome Special Guest Weird Al

The D gave its Festival Supreme crowd a short but power-packed old-school acoustic performance. Dressed as devil and angel, the duo delivered favorites such as “Tribute” and “Fuck Her Gently” before calling up special guest Weird Al Yankovic for the closer. The crowd screamed for more, to which Jack Black humorously shot back: “You know how long the Beatles played at Shea Stadium? 25 minutes!”
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4. Circus of Death & Costumes Galore!

The spirit of Halloween was alive and well at the second installment of Festival Supreme. Not only did countless fans dress up, but the one-day fest hosted a new attraction called the “Circus of Death” – a dark and humorous attraction of art and sound helmed by Steven Hull. The spooky extravaganza featured a hand-made merry-go-round, creepy puppet shows and a miniature train ride.
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3. The Wizarding Word of Workaholics

One might assume Workaholics would do a sketch routine or somehow bring fans a live version of its TV show. Instead, the dudes turned back the clocks and performed a hip-hop laden set, blasting through older YouTube hits like “Wizards Never Die”. Oh, and they were in full wizard garb.
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2. Dethklok Metalocalypse Brings the Metal

Dethklok closed the evening with a bang, playing through hyper-speed riffs while accompanied by in-time background animations of the band’s virtual counterpart. All in all, it made for a pretty stunning audio-visual experience, and capped the night in epic fashion.
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1. The State’s 20-Year Reunion

The full ensemble behind MTV’s popular sketch comedy series “The State” reunited for a twenty-year reunion performance and it was every bit as awesome as it sounds! Highlight: David Wain, Ken Marino & Kevin Allison cozied up behind a keyboard singing “The Jew, The Italian & The Red Head Gay” before all eight other members (including Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and Joe Lo Truglio) burst onto the stage, culminating in a full-on musical frenzy.
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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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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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