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7 Comedians Who Started Out on Punk’D

Dax Shepard Punked

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Trucker hats and Justin Timberlake’s tears aren’t the only things we got out of the long running MTV celebrity prank extravaganza Punk’D. A slew of successful comedians got their start convincing Beyoncé she’d ruined Christmas or informing Eliza Dushku (remember when she was a thing?) that she was going to jail.

While Ashton Kutcher has continued to punk us all with his career, his field agents have slowly become big players in Hollywood. Before you see what sort of comic mischief Dax Shepard gets into on this week’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, take a look at some of Punk’D‘s most famous alumni.

7. Dax Shepard

Funnily enough, Dax Shepard has gone on to become a celebrity of the stature he once punk’d himself. His varied career has included everything from the cult comedy Idiocracy, to the family drama Parenthood, which recently concluded its run on NBC. He also married Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell, so things seem to have worked out for him so far.


6. Ryan Pinkston

Ryan Pinkston was one of the first breakout stars on Punk’d, where he terrorized red carpets as a children’s network correspondent all too happy to insult celebrities to their faces. At just 15 years old, he was the youngest field agent in the show’s history, and has gone on to a career in shows like Hannah Montana and Tower Prep.

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5. Kaitlin Olson

She may now be known for playing “Sweet Dee” Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but Amber Tamblyn didn’t find her so sweet when she was driven to tears on a 2003 Punk’D episode. Kaitlin admits that many of the celebrities were pissed when the cameras stopped rolling, no matter what it looked like on TV.


5. B.J. Novak

Perhaps best know for NBC’s The Office, B.J. Novak has had a singular career — he’s been nominated for Emmys, written children’s books, and killed Nazis in Inglourious Basterds. But he got his start pretending be a driving instructor who assured Hilary Duff that hitting pedestrians was okay.


4. Stephen Rannazzisi

Stephen Rannazzisi spends most of him time these days on FXX’s The League trying to win the Shiva Bowl, but his first job in the business was as a field agent on the early seasons of Punk’D. He told Conan that the occasional bit would implode, and never air. For instance, one failed punking nearly resulted in him being knocked out by Alex Rodriguez.

3. Ahmed Ahmed

Star of the TBS sitcom Sullivan and Son, Ahmed Ahmed gained fame on the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour in the mid-2000s. But before he tried to shake America’s preconceived notions of the Middle East, he cut his teeth pretending to hit on Travis Barker’s girlfriend.

Ahmed Ahmed Punked


2. Whitney Cummings

A celebrity torturing lifer, Whitney Cummings is best known these days as the cocreator of 2 Broke Girls and for her many appearances on the Comedy Central Roasts. But back in 2003, she learned how to ruin a celebrity’s day at the feet of the master, one Ashton Kutcher. Her Punk’d hit list includes Chris Klein, Adam Brody and a particularly angry Vivica A. Fox.

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1. Bill Hader

In one of his few appearances, future Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader ironically Punk’D Ashlee Simpson, who was still recovering from her lip-synching meltdown on SNL. Here, Hader convinced the young pop star that she had accidentally started a fire at an art gallery. Mr. Hader would soon graduate to another level of comedy, becoming perhaps the show’s most famous alumni.

Bill Hader Punkd

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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