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Scott Aukerman Dishes on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Musical Extravaganza

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Do you hear the people sing? This Friday you will, as Comedy Bang! Bang! takes a page from the Great White Way. Casey Wilson—along with special guests Thomas Lennon and Paul F. Tompkins—joins Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts for musical extravaganza inspired by the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also happens to make an appearance (sort of). We spoke with Scott about the influences behind the episode, his background in theater and why he thinks Les Mis is “strange.”

When studying musical theater, were you planning on taking the comedy route or did you have interests in dramatic acting?

When I was studying acting, I was mainly focusing on musical theater. I did productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma, and West Side Story. But I also studied Shakespeare (aka “The Immortal Bard”) and dramatic acting as well. Additionally, I would write dramatic plays in my spare time and put up productions of them. But, being so interested in comedy, that’s where my interests mainly lied. My friends always told me that my comedic writing was way better than my dramatic writing, and that I should maybe go into comedy. And the rest is her-story!

When did the idea strike you for a musical episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!? Is it something you wanted to do since the first season?

It’s kind of a long-standing tradition for a TV show to do a musical episode. Lots of series have done it. So it’s something that’s been in the back of our minds for a while. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer one is a recent standout. They came up with an excellent reason WHY it was happening, which was something we were very concerned about as well. We wrote about ten drafts of the script, and, in the early ones, there was no rhyme or reason to it—we all just were singing all the time. But once we hit on the storyline that ended up in the episode, everything else fell into place.

What are some of your Broadway influences?

I was super-into Mandy Patinkin as a high schooler—I would sit in my room, singing “Finishing the Hat” all day. We put him into the Mr. Show movie because I was so obsessed with him—and I got to act in a scene with him. About a year ago, Kulap and I went to see him and Patti LuPone do their two-person Broadway show, and it was fantastic! I’ve always wanted to do Sweeney Todd, as well.

There are hilarious parodies in the episode of famous Les Misérables songs (ex. “I Dreamed a Dream”). Are you a fan Tom Hooper’s film adaptation?

I think that’s generally just a weird musical. I’ve seen three different productions of it, and the movie, and it’s just so strange. The plot doesn’t make a lot of sense, when you think about it. I think the cast of the movie falls into two different catagories—those who can sing, and those who can’t. It’s pretty painful when you’re listening to the latter.

What’s your favorite Andrew Lloyd Weber song?

I love Jesus Christ Superstar—I got to understudy the part of Jesus once, and it was always my dream to play it. I would probably say “Gethsemene,” which I would sing all the time. When I was in my old band, I used to play a mash-up of that song, along with XTC’s “Dear God,” which have similar chord structures and themes.

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Comedy Bang! Bang! airs on IFC on Fridays 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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