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Comedy Bang! Bang! Passes the Mic to Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi (Man on the Moon III, Need for Speed,) has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige and he is gearing up for his biggest collaboration yet… with Scott Aukerman. No stranger to creative partnerships, Cudi will bring his unique beats and musical skills to the set of Comedy Bang! Bang! as Scott’s new co-star starting Friday, July 10 at 11p on IFC.

“I can’t wait to start this new chapter of Comedy Bang! Bang! with Kid Cudi,” said Scott Aukerman. “When he was on the couch, I knew he had charisma and star quality, but I thought he should move slightly camera right. Plus, my wife and I have been trying to have a kid for several years, and this is the next best thing.”

Current Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader Reggie Watts will be setting sail for the Late Late Show with James Corden on March 23, but will remain in the first 20 episodes of this season until Aukerman wishes him a very fitting bon voyage on June 5. Kid Cudi will then take the reins as musical co-star a month later.

Prior to his new co-starring gig, Kid Cudi will make his first appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! as a couch guest on February 20. He also jams with Reggie Watts in the show’s companion web series Reggie Makes Music:

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10 Essential Comedy Bang! Bang! Podcast Episodes

Celebrate 100 episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! on IFC this Friday starting at 11P.

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With Comedy Bang! Bang! fast approaching 100 episodes on IFC, we thought it was time to look back at the podcast that launched it all. A madcap mishmash of ridiculous characters, fake celebrity interviews and game breaking improv, the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast is a dense universe unto itself, full of callbacks and inside jokes that reward hardcore fans. If you’re new to the series, the best bet would be to start on the first episode and listen to all 430 (and counting!) episodes. But for those of us who don’t have hundreds of hours of free time to kill, here are a few of the very best episodes in CB!B! podcast history.

10. Amy Poehler’s Rap (Episode 123)

It’s no secret that America’s sweetheart, Amy Poehler, can spit verse. (She famously rapped about Sarah Palin on SNL while nine months pregnant!) But never has her brilliance been more evident than this classic CB!B! episode. While host Scott Aukerman often likes to goad his guests into rapping just to watch them crash and burn, Amy rises to the occasion, and puts together a classic little ditty about her home schoolin’ curriculum that involves teaching youngsters that the moon is made of cheese.


9.  Time Bobby (Episode 150)

Paul F. Tompkins is more than a guest in the world of CB!B!. As it stands, he’s appeared more on the show than anyone, outside of Scott himself. With a bevy of classic characters like Cake Boss and J.W. Stillwater, he’s a key player in the show’s evolution. In this classic episode, he plays Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber as he weighs whether to adopt murderous orphan Fourvel, played with eerie innocence by SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan.


8. 2012 Holiday Spectacular (Episode 191)

Paul F. Tompkins appears again in this Holiday Spectacular, playing everyone’s favorite former pimp turned TV show cop, Ice-T. One of the funniest spots in the show’s history, T talks about his Keith Herring advent calendar, his disappointment with the “We Are The World” video, and his Santa Claus, or Santer Klantz, as he’s known in The Maldives Islands, costume.


7. Shanghaied by Irene (Episode 122)

And, because we’re on a roll with PFT characters, we can’t leave out Werner Herzog, the crusty German filmmaker who views life as a bleak battle between man and nature. This was his first appearance on the show, although he would go on to appear many more times.


6. Oh, Hello (Episode 107)

Nick Kroll has also been a go-to improviser for CB!B!, repeatedly bringing his menagerie of characters to life in the studio. Still, it took over a hundred episodes for Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland — his and comedian John Mulaney’s tuna loving, Upper West Side living, Alan Alda worshiping comedic creations — to stop by. Judging by the befuddled reaction of fellow guest Lizzy Caplan, the wait was worth it.


5. Ching Chong Matinee (Episode 161)

Tim and Eric‘s Tim Heidecker got the opportunity to share some big news on the show. He’d been cast in the new Woody Allen movie, a blatantly racist, black-and-white silent film called “Ching Chong Matinee,” about a group of artists doing an opera based on Kung-Fu Panda. Sadly, with stars like Jason Alexander, Jackie Chan and the great Howie Mandel filling out the cast, Heidecker’s Chinese stagehand character barely made the final film.


4. Zap! (Episode 131)

Andy Daly is another mainstay of the show. Here he plays Chip, the gregarious Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, whose chipper personality masks a dark, deeply disturbing history. Throughout the episode Scott, guest Jason Mantzoukas and Chip dig deep into his past, uncovering awful stories about his dead wife, his history of street fighting, a disfiguring Jeep accident and a “Satanic Voltron” of child soldiers from his game show “Zap.”


3. Scott Pays Tribute to Harris Wittels (Episode 336)

A departure from the loose improv games that precede it on the list, this episode contains one of the most genuine and sad moments in CB!B! history. Harris Wittels — a Parks and Recreation writer, author of Humblebrag and frequent guest on the show — passed away from a drug overdose in 2015. This episode finds Scott trying to come to terms with his friend’s sudden death in real time. It’s raw and real and moving, and unlike anything before or since on CB!B!.


2. iBrain (Episode 35)

Deeply NSFW, Brett Gelman’s reading of his short story, “iBrain,” is one of the funniest bits of filthy madness you’ll ever hear. While the story starts out as a hackneyed attempt at satire, much to Scott’s chagrin, it quickly takes a turn in a, well, unexpected direction. Have the kids leave the room before giving this one a listen.


1. Farts and Procreation (Episode 120)

Probably as close to a consensus pick as this list could have, “Farts and Procreation” is considered a high water mark of low bar humor on the show. While fan reaction can be divided about F&P, everyone has an opinion, making it one of the most famous episodes in the podcast’s history. Having spawned numerous sequels, the story of Jack Sjunior and Bryan Pieces, two lumberjacks with a deeply disturbing history, seems destined to define this series for better or worse. A must listen for anyone wanting to know how far this show can take things when the rules get thrown out the window.

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5 Brilliant Spoofs From Comedy Bang! Bang!

Celebrate the 100th episode of Comedy Bang! Bang this Friday starting at 11P on IFC.

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From overly scripted reality shows to full-blown musicals, CB!B! has taken a stab at just about everything you love and hate from pop culture over the years. To get you ready for the 100th episode, here are a few of our favorite takedowns. What will Scott Aukerman and “Weird Al” spoof this week? Better tune in to back-to-back episodes Friday starting at 11P to find out.

5. The Walking Dead

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Judging by the ratings, everyone loves The Walking Dead, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get a bit repetitive at times. It seems like every episode the crew goes out on some scavenging mission, only to see a character we can’t even remember the name of become zombie, er, “Walker” food. CB!B! honed in on the ridiculousness of this, highlighting how intensely the death of each character is handled before we quickly move on and forget they were ever on the show. Hey, at least in this sketch it’s the black guy who survives for once.


4. CSI: Miami and Basically Every Cop Procedural

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Ever notice how the title of every cop show on TV describes the protagonist’s specialty? (The Mentalist, anyone?) CB!B! came up with their own procedural in the form of Dane Looker, a faux network drama about a Danish cop who’s happens to be the best of the best at looking for missing people. Also, he’s quite the looker. There’s just one problem: While he’s trying to solve his cases, everyone asks what the deal is with his name. Did he get into this line of work because of his last name? Did he change his name when he took the job? And what’s with all those catchphrases? “Looks can be deceiving.” “Look… what the cat dragged in.” Looks like someone is a little obsessed with his own name.


3. Temptations Musical

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Kid Cudi proved he has the chops to make it on the Great White Way in Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, the Temptations musical that somehow didn’t take home a boatload of Tonys.


2. Phantom of the Opera

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Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (Paul F. Tompkins) is a regular presence on CB!B!, and he honored the show with a special musical extravaganza in season two. When the Phantom of the Studio (Thomas Lennon) kidnaps guest Casey Wilson, Scott springs into action (and song) in this spot-on parody of musical theater excess.


1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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CBB‘s Season 4 Halloween episode was one big excuse to slip through a time warp and send up everyone’s favorite cult hit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The episode starts off on a familiar note: A straight-laced couple has a breakdown on a rainy night, and goes in search of help. What they find will horrify and delight them. With show-stopping musical numbers  and a pitch perfect recreation of the movie that is more celebration than send-up, this is a must watch for fans of CB!B! and Rocky Horror. We won’t be getting the image of Scott channeling Tim Curry out of our heads anytime soon.

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Tune In This Sunday For a Comedy Bang! Bang! Marathon…Chosen By You!

Catch a marathon of fan favorite CB!B! episodes Sunday, June 26th starting at 8A on IFC.

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Voting has been getting a bad rap lately. Many call it flawed, skewed, or — get this — “rigged.” But we here at IFC value the integrity of One Person, One Vote and wish to offer an example of democracy in action. Recently, you voted via Twitter for your favorite Comedy Bang! Bang! episodes, and we listened.

This Sunday, in honor of CB!B!‘s 100th episode on July 1st, we’re giving you a marathon of classic episodes that YOU demanded.

Starting at 8A EST on IFC, catch these fan-selected favorites:

“Fred Armisen Wears Black Jeans and Glasses”

“Ellie Kemper Wears a Purple Ruffled Sleeveless Top & Lavender Flats”

“Joel McHale Wears a Navy Zip-up and High Tops”

“Weird Al Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt”

Ain’t democracy great???

Tune in to back-to-back Comedy Bang! Bang! episodes Fridays starting at 11P. 

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