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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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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

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Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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