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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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