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We know that sometimes you can’t watch Comedy Bang! Bang! when it airs on Fridays at 10/9c. Sometimes you just can’t watch TV when you want. Sometimes people (family even!) force you to leave the house on a Friday night when all you want to do is put on your man-size footie pajamas and let Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts entertain you. Luckily we are a full service operation here at IFC and not only do we re-air our broadcasts of both Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk during the week (check the schedule here), but on occasion we can also recap the episode for you. And when Jon Hamm and Nick Kroll stop by the set, we’re all over reliving the episode via recapping. But instead of just an ordinary written recap, we’re doing it gif style. We raided our Tumblr and can now present the Comedy Bang! Bang! gif recap.

As you know, Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men, stopped by Comedy Bang! Bang! and Scott had a few ideas to get the conversation going.

That gave Jon Hamm some ideas to get the conversation going with Scott Aukerman:

Then, Nick Kroll, or shall we say El Chupacabra, also stopped by for some couch time:

Then they gave the camera over to a new film student who brought some much needed drama to the show’s cinematography:

And then they talked some more, everyone laughed uproariously, Reggie Watts played some tunes, and that’s all folks!

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Comedy Bang! Bang! airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Watch Reggie Make Music with Andy Daly

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Fans of good television know all about Andy Daly. Fans of bad television, welcome, we are here to help you turn over a new leaf. The actor, comedian and writer is probably best known for playing Principal Terrence Cutler on Eastbound & Down, his part on Mad TV and for his roles on shows like The Life and Times of Tim and Delocated. Comedy nerds (one of us! one of us!) know him from his turns with the Upright Citizens Brigade and Amy Poehler’s long-form improv comedy troupe The Swarm, and, of course, on Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Death Ray weekly comedy show. His Jerry O’Hearn character is the stuff of stand-up legend and you can (and should) listen to his performance that was recorded at the UCB theater in LA during the Comedy Death Ray fourth anniversary show. (You can listen to it here.)

Now Comedy Bang! Bang! fans are getting to know Daly, too, because they are a smart and oh-so-attractive group of people. Be part of the in-crowd and watch Andy Daly carry a tune in this latest installment of Reggie Makes Music. Then be sure to tune in to Comedy Bang! Bang! on Friday at 10/9c:

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Don’t F*ck with Jon Hamm

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Just in case it’s not obvious to anyone and everyone who has ever watched Mad Men, let’s be clear: Don’t fuck with Jon Hamm. When the actor stopped by Comedy Bang! Bang! on Friday he hammered that point home via a story he told Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts on the set of our new talk show. Watch the clip below and you’ll know that if you even think about fucking with Jon Hamm he will unleash his now surely legendary double bird style on your ass and you will rue the day you were born. What’s double-bird style? Think the crane kick in “The Karate Kid” or the Crane from “Kung Fu Panda” or something less violent but equally awesome. Whatever you’re thinking of: It’s more awesome. This is Jon Hamm after all, the man who can sing a song about taxis or do the robot and still look cool, so if Jon Hamm is mad at you, you know he’s going to look good doing it.

Watch this clip and tune in to Comedy Bang! Bang! on Friday at 10/9c for more awesomeness:

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