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Comedy Bang! Bang! returns on Friday, July 12 at 10PM ET/PT

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The second season of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 10PM ET/PT with 20 all new episodes and a jaw-droppingly impressive line-up of guests. The first ten episodes of the slightly surreal talk show will air from July 12 – September 13, followed by a short fall hiatus before picking back up on Friday, October 18 for ten more episodes. Host Scott Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer, “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis”; writer/performer, “Mr. Show”) and musical cohort and one-man house band Reggie Watts (“Conan,” “Reggie Watts: Live At Central Park,” Jash.com) both return to “Comedy Bang! Bang!” with their twist on the traditional late night talk show format that infuses celebrity appearances and comedy sketches with a tinge of the surreal.

For their second season of Comedy Bang! Bang! Scott and Reggie will be joined in the studio by Jessica Alba (“Sin City”), Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”), David Cross (“Arrested Development,” “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”), Jim Gaffigan (“Flight of the Concords,” “Bored to Death”), Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover I,” “II,” “III”), Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”), Pee-wee Herman (“Pee-wee’s Playhouse”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”), Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”), Andy Richter (“Conan”), Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek,” “Avatar”), Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live,” The Lonely Island), Jason Schwartzman (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Darjeeling Limited”), Sarah Silverman (“Wreck-It-Ralph,” “The Sarah Silverman Program”), Cobie Smulders (“The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) and Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”).

Additional guests include James Adomian (“Childrens Hospital”), Matt Besser (“Upright Citizens Brigade”), Michael Ian Black (“The State,” “Burning Love”), Selma Blair (“Anger Management,” “Hellboy”), Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”), Andy Daly (“Delocated”), Adam DeVine (“Workaholics,” “Pitch Perfect”), Nat Faxon (“Ben & Kate”), Dave Foley (“Kids in the Hall,” “NewsRadio”), Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live”), Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), Chris Hardwick (“Talking Dead,” Comedy Central Late Night Show (still untitled)), Rob Huebel (“Human Giant,” “The Desecendants”), Nick Kroll (“The Kroll Show,” “The League”), Phil LaMarr (“Futurama,” “Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway”), Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!”), John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo,” “Shutter Island”), Jason Mantzoukas (“The League,” “The Dictator”), Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock,” “Wreck-It Ralph”), Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Ladies Man”), Christopher Meloni (“42,” “Man of Steel”), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Bob Odenkirk (“Mr. Show,” “Breaking Bad”), Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”), Jimmy Pardo (“Conan”), Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”), Jim Rash (“Community”), Lance Reddick (“The Wire,” “Fringe”), Horatio Sanz (“Saturday Night Live”), Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Concords,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Daily Show”), Ben Schwartz (“House of Lies,” “Parks and Recreation”), Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Lynne Marie Stewart (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Dave Thomas (“Second City TV”), Paul F. Tompkins (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Community”), Joe Lo Truglio (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Burning Love”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” “Ted”), Michaela Watkins (“Saturday Night Live,” “Enlightened”), Zach Woods (“The Office,” “In The Loop”), “Weird Al” Yankovic (“White & Nerdy,” “Face to Face”), Cedric Yarbrough (“Reno 911!”) and many more.

Now how do we make the planet turn faster so July 12th would get her sooner?

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“Comedy Bang! Bang!” returns to IFC on Friday, July 12 at 10/9c

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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