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6 Mad TV Stars that Became Mad Successful

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Remember MadTV? For all you young ‘uns out there, just sit quietly in the corner while we school you on a thing or two. MadTV was Fox’s answer to Saturday Night Live. While it wasn’t quite the juggernaut that SNL is, the lesser-known sketch show did spawn some people you definitely know and love. Here are some MadTV alum that outlasted the very show they came from.

6. Alex Borstein

Alex has done a lot of guest spots and voice work that you may or may not know, but she’s most famous for voicing everyone’s favorite animated sitcom mom, Lois Griffin. She’s also voiced plenty of other supporting characters on Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and pretty much every other hilarious and inappropriate animated show, but her role on HBO’s dark comedy Getting On is finally giving Alex the live-action critical success she deserves.


5. Andy Daly

Andy Daly joined the Mad TV cast in 2000 as a featured player. During his two-season tenure, he excelled as a character actor and go-to straight man, two skills that followed him into his post-MadTV career. He’s since appeared on Eastbound & Down, Comedy Bang! Bang! and the critically-acclaimed Review.


4. Key & Peele

Who doesn’t know Key & Peele? The comedy duo was making television infinitely funnier (and more ridiculous) since they started pairing up on MadTV. It was evident early on that these two were made for each other.


3. Simon Helberg

Long before Simon became known as nerdy, wannabe playboy Howard on Big Bang Theory, he was plying his goofy guy schtick on MadTV. What else was he doing? Mocking his future network’s then lineup with sketches like this one. (Catch Simon on Comedy! Bang! Bang! Friday at 11P.)


2. Taran Killam

Before Taran became one of the standouts on SNL, he honed his comedy chops on MadTV. It’s kinda weird to see him play the straight man considering how off-the-wall (and hysterical) he is on SNL now.


1. Ike Barinholtz

Prior to starring on The Mindy Project and Eastbound & Down, Barinholtz honed his penchant for out-there characters on MadTV, where he played characters like Rolfe Gruber and Lynette Scavo. Oh, and also he made out with Seth Meyers’ brother once.

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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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