6 Videos to Get You Pumped for Kid Cudi’s Comedy Bang! Bang! Debut Tonight


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Today’s the big day: Arbor Day in Cambodia. Also, Kid Cudi makes his debut tonight on Comedy Bang! Bang! at 10:30P. Our good friend Reggie Watts brought a lot to the table and we all miss him, but we think Kid Cudi is ready — even though his hair isn’t nearly as voluminous as Reggie’s.

We don’t just go around making baseless claims, so here are a few videos that have convinced us Kid Cudi can handle the pressures of his new gig, and that he’s the Renaissance man Scott Aukerman needs in his life:

Cudi is no stranger to the Comedy Bang! Bang! set since he was a guest on Episode 7 of Season 4. And he knew how to make himself comfortable, so much so that he released three surprise albums during the interview and convinced Reggie he was prank-called by President Obama. Beyond the episode, Kid Cudi and Reggie also joined forces for a classic episode of Reggie Makes Music, which you can watch above.

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Scott has no quarrel with gifts, which is fantastic because Kid Cudi has mastered the art of gift-giving, bringing special goodies for everybody on set in this clip from tonight’s episode.

Cudi has demonstrated skills in a TV comedy setting before, particularly when he starred in the short-lived HBO comedy-drama series How To Make It In America, where, among other things, he showed his entrepreneurial side by starting Canines & Cannabis, a dog walking/pot delivery business.

As Scott’s arsenal of fine sweaters show, style is a crucial element of the Comedy Bang! Bang! vibe. Well, Cudi was a guest on Conan in 2011, and he dropped an absolute fashion bomb on the program, walking out in a pair of exclusive Back to the Future Nike sneakers . Plus, he gave Conan a highly trendy leather jacket that he designed himself.

It’s hip to be funny all day every day, sure, but you have to be serious sometimes, which is no problem because Cudi can do and has done drama: He starred in “Maniac,” a short film directed by Shia LaBeouf in which he plays a serial killer who has no ruth. He’s ruthless, is what we’re saying.

Almost anything can happen on the Comedy Bang! Bang! set, so anybody who hopes to be on it for a long time better be able to think on their feet and be ready for uncooperative guests, alien invasions, or worse: a surprise visit from the network boss. Cudi has proven that he’s an adept improviser, like in this freestyle rap he did live for BBC a few years ago.

Yup, Kid Cudi’s going to be just fine. Watch his Comedy Bang! Bang! debut tonight at at 10:30P on IFC.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

USA Films/Everett Collection

Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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