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Walking to work with Comedy Bang! Bang!

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It’s Friday, which means the weekend we’ve been working for is almost here. To celebrate the end of the work week we’re showing new episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk tonight starting at 10/9c. The best part of Friday is being able to stay up late watching TV and then sleeping in on Saturday. Don’t know about you, but we’re not fans of commuting. But, waking up in the morning and heading to work is easy when you are driving to your dream job. Don’t know anyone with their dream job? Meet Scott Aukerman. Oh wait, you already know him from Comedy Bang! Bang! . Well Scott loves going to work because not only is he headed to the set of one of the funniest shows around, but he commutes with his best friend Reggie Watts.

Here’s a song they sing about their adventures on the way to work. It puts our commute to shame. Watch this clip and then tune in tonight at 10/9c for a new episode with guest star Michael Cera:

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Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Kurt Braunohler joins Comedy Bang! Bang! live tour

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Kurt Braunohler, the barefoot host of our hilarious new game show Bunk, will be the opening act when Comedy Bang! Bang! hits the road on a multi-city tour bringing Scott Aukerman’s unique brand of comic absurdity to fans across the country. It’s going to be legendary! Say that as Barney Stinson if you must, but there’s little doubt that after this tour, playgrounds across the nation will reverberate with children’s chants of “Kurt Braunohler and Scott Aukerman sitting in a tree.” Once you see Kurt and Scott together you’ll never go back to boring comedy again.

Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! will feature a mix of live stand-up, character cameos, and improvisational games along with sneak peek clips from the series. Parts of each performance will be taped for Scott’s popular Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. In addition to Kurt, Scott will be joined by a rotating cast of Comedy Bang! Bang! regulars including comedians James Adomian, Tim Heidecker (yes, THAT Tim Heidecker), and Paul F. Tompkins as well as special guests along the way like hilarious hitchhikers and living LOLcats (just guessing!). No word on whether Kurt will be wearing shoes on tour.

Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! begins in San Diego, CA at Comic Con on July 15, 2012 and picks back up in Minneapolis, MN on July 29, 2012; For more ticket information, visit the
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The first NYC show already sold out, so a second performance has been added to the August 7th New York City date, but you better go get tickets now!

Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! Dates and Venues:

Sunday, July 15 The Casbah San Diego, CA
Sunday, July 29 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Monday, July 30 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, IL
Wednesday, August 1 Neptune Theater Seattle, WA°
Thursday, August 2 Aladdin Theatre Portland, OR°
Friday, August 3 Herbst Theatre San Francisco, CA°
Saturday, August 4 First Unitarian Church Los Angeles, CA°
Monday, August 6 Royale Boston, MA°
Tuesday, August 7 Highline Ballroom New York, NY°
Wednesday, August 8 Howard Theatre Washington, D.C.°
Thursday, August 9 Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA°
Friday, August 10 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, B.C.
°Kurt Braunohler will be the opening act on these dates.

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Arrested Development’s Michael Cera on Comedy Bang! Bang! is Ceradipity

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Comedy Bang! Bang!, Bunk and, of course, Portlandia all have a lot of extra special guests stopping by their shows. Whether it’s Jon Hamm or Eddie Vedder or Andy Samberg or Kristen Wiig or Amy Poehler visiting the show, we like to make them feel right at home. That’s why this week before Comedy Bang! Bang! airs at 10/9c, we are rolling out the welcome mat for Michael Cera. But we’re not just dusting off an astroturf patch with “Welcome” spelled out in plastic daisies, because while that is a lovely gesture grandma, we are a television network and can do better. Much better.

Before Comedy Bang! Bang! airs, we are showing back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development starring none other than Michael Cera. Starting at 6 p.m. ET on Friday it’s a Michael Cera-thon culminating in his guest spot on Scott Aukerman’s couch on Comedy Bang! Bang! Do we know how to treat a guest or what?

Until then, listen to Reggie Watts and Michael Cera sing about friendship and pie and watch this clip:

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