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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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Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show premieres this summer on IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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