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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!!!

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

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.