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6 Times Mad Men Stars Made Us Laugh on Comedy Bang! Bang!

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The Mad Men carousel wheel stopped spinning for good this past Sunday. It was a bittersweet goodbye to one of the most beloved, and celebrated shows of the last decade. Thankfully, creator Matthew Weiner was never shy about casting actors from the comedy world, to help his show find its deep undercurrent of dark humor. As a way to help us laugh though the tears, here are a few Mad Men cast members who turned up on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! 

6. Rich Sommer

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Rich Sommer is best known for playing lout Harry Crane on Mad Men, but when he isn’t acting like a weasel, he’s making us laugh. Throughout the years, he’s guest starred on The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and a recent episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! where he played an FBI agent.
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5. Lennon Parham

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When Lennon Parham wasn’t popping up on Mad Men as Peggy’s realtor, she was starring on shows like Playing House and Best Friends Forever. Perhaps you caught her recent turn as DJ Forsythia on Comedy Bang! Bang!?
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4. Alison Brie

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Alison Brie has always straddled the line between drama and comedy, starring on Mad Men and Community concurrently. Although, Trudy Campbell may have been on a comedy too, and just forgot to tell us.
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3. Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm has no business being as funny as he is. We can all agree about that. He’s a brilliant actor, and pretty good looking to boot. But the last few years, he’s seemingly left the drama to his Mad Men alter ego, and turned up the laughs whenever he had a few seconds to spare.
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2. Colin Hanks

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Colin Hank played a Catholic priest during season two of Mad Men, and has been on a tear ever since. He thankfully found time to squeeze in an episode of CBB between shooting Fargo and Bad Teacher.

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1. Kristen Schaal

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Kristen Schaal had a blink-and-you’d-miss-it cameo as a switchboard operator in season one of Mad Men, alongside Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials. She’s gone on to be the Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent for The Daily Show, and star on FOX’s The Last Man on Earth and Bob’s Burgers. Whether doing drama or comedy, Schaal is a bright light of fun wherever she pops up.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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