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Highlights From Scott Aukerman’s Reddit AMA

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Scott Aukerman is so excited about the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!– which premieres tonight at 10/9c– that he just can’t stop talking about it. He’s in good company, because neither can we! And, based on the popularity of his Reddit AMA session yesterday, apparently neither can you. Fans of Comedy Bang! Bang! , the television show and the podcast, swarmed the site to grill Scott about some of his co-stars, celebrity guests and, of course, how much money he makes. Didn’t get a chance to ask Scott your question? Don’t worry, he’s doing a Twitter Q&A tonight at 9:30ET/6:30PT right before the premiere of the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang!.

Here are the highlights but you should really read the whole thing here, because Redditors are a funny bunch with some seriously deep knowledge of the wonderful world of Comedy Bang! Bang!. For example, here’s the number one question on the AMA:

Where is Bob Ducca? We miss him

Seth has been really busy lately! He was on Go On. I’ve asked him a few times to return, and he really wants to, but has had a packed schedule. I will let him know that the fans are clamoring for him, though!

What’s it like hanging out with Paul F. Tompkins all the time? Can there be a podcast with Gordon Ramsey and the cake boss?

Paul is a dream – super nice and ALWAYS funny. That’s a great idea about Ramsey and Cake Boss! I’ll run it up the flag pole.

Do you have any input into which characters people play on Comedy Bang Bang?

Every once in a rare while we’ll discuss it briefly – for instance, when Taran Killam and Paul Brittain were on the other day, they were trying to figure out what they wanted to do, and we were sort of spitballing – and Paul said “What about a couple of dads who have a band?” And we both said, “yep, that’s it” Usually no more than that. They are all really funny people, so I let them do whatever they want to do.

You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise, Scott. It’s crawling toward you. You reach down and flip the tortoise over on its back, Scott. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t. Not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that, Scott?

Because MOMMY NEVER HELPED ME!!!

Hey Scott, I’ve always wanted to ask you this: how much money do you make?

People don’t want to ever answer this question – but I’ll give you the straight answer: $67,035 a year (after taxes)

Would you rather live in a universe where the only version of Bat Dance was a 30-minute jam version by Phish or a universe where Prince could only play Phish covers?

Would I have to listen to Bat Dance?

What shampoo does Reggie Watt’s hair require?

Reggie has Head and Shoulders, so he uses that brand. If there were a brand called “Entire Human Body,” he would probably use that, because it’s a little more specific.

My question is simple: Would you rather be a professional taint model, and reap all the fame and fortune that comes with such a gig, OR Live a quiet, uneventful life in which nobody ever sees, or wants to see your taint – but your dominant hand has been replaced with a fully functioning stun-baton?

How often do I have to charge the baton?

Every 30 seconds or your heart stops

When you say fame and fortune that comes with such a gig – how MUCH is that?

When will you and Pete Holmes to the o’ podcast switcheroo? I want to see Pete on bang Bang and I would love to see you Make It Weird
When will some of your old Mr Show buddies that haven’t been on the podcast yet like John Ennis and Jay Johnston be on?

Pete’s schedule has never worked out the times I’ve asked him to do it – but sometimes it’s so last minute, I can’t expect people to be able to drop everything and do it. I’m supposed to do YMIW soon – we just need to schedule both of our shows. Love Pete! And John Ennis is on the TV show this year – I kind of don’t know where Jay is really lately =- I don’t have his contact info – but would love to have him.

I was wondering who was your favorite person that you worked with on the show in season 1?

Adam Scott was nice enough to do the pilot episode – a show that didn’t exist up until then, and he did it sight unseen and killed it.
Zach is always super generous with his time and comes in with no PR team or handlers – he just hangs out until he’s done, then drives away in his shitty Subaru
Amy was a joy, and so up for anything – she told me recently that when people ask her what doing CBB is like, she says “it’s the kind of show where, if you ask if you can wear a wig, they say ‘okay!'”
Hamm is an old friend, and had better things to do, I’m sure – but he did a million takes of that director bit, then jumped on a bike for us.
Mike Cera is one of the few people who came to the show with a bit he wanted to do – the Angry Birds thing. He’s so dry and hilarious.
Seth Rogen I had never met before – and he was telling me about how incredibly busy he was and how he was turning down a bunch of work. I asked him “Then why are you doing this show?” He said – “I always have time to do cool shit like this!”
Paul Rudd is also an old friend and a big fan of comedy – I feel like I took advantage of his time, because he was there FOREVER. But the payoff was great, because he was hilarious.
Elizabeth Banks I had also never met before – and I don’t think she quite knew what she was getting into – but I’ve seen her since then and she is so effusive about the show, and says she has friends who are really into it.
Ed Helms was so awesome and gracious – he even came to the wrap party, and told us he wanted to come back as a character in season two (we couldn’t work out the timing, since he’s so busy, but I hope it’ll happen in season three)
And weird Al – how much of a dream get is that for a young kid who grew up wanting to be him? He’s the nicest, sweetest, funniest guy.
And big ups to Will Forte – who didn’t come as himself, but who has done characters in both seasons, and even mentioned the show on Larry King Live!

Rot Flounderman, how fuckable is Brian Posehn’s son really?

Haha, you’re a MONSTER!!!

Want the latest news from Comedy Bang! Bang!? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter@comedybangbang and use the hashtag #cbbtv.

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

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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