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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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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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