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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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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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