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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Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

Bill Hader Jerry Wallach

With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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