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Josh Groban’s 5 Funniest Moments

Josh Groban gets in the holiday mood on Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight at 11P.

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At first glance, Josh Groban isn’t a guy you’d think would be known for his sense of humor. (His singing career started with a duet with Celine Dion, for God’s sake.) But as his fame grew, Groban navigated away from classical music to become a multi-genre star. He’s been acting professionaly almost as long as he’s been singing, with a guest role on Ally McBeal in 2001 his first professional credit, and that’s given him the chance to flex some comedic muscle. In advance of his appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! here are our favorite funny Josh Groban moments.

1. Singing Donald Trump Tweets

Jimmy Kimmel has made a cottage industry out of Twitter, most notably by getting famous people to read mean tweets about themselves. Recently, he had Josh Groban on the show to debut a new song made entirely out of the increasingly deranged 140-character missives of Presidential candidate Donald Trump.


2. Josh Groban Pizza

The “Kid Snippets” videos are insanely popular shorts where little kids voice the dialogue from adult actors, and Josh Groban’s actually been in several of them. One of the best features the singer attempting to order a pizza and throwing a tantrum when it takes too long.


3. Robot Chicken’s Contra Parody

One of the most reliable bellweathers for celebrity coolness is loaning your voice to Robot Chicken, the ultra-nerdy animated show that’s been running for over a decade. Stars like 50 Cent, Val Kilmer and Burt Reynolds have all recorded spots, and our boy Groban’s in there too. In one of his few non-singing appearances on this list, Josh Groban was oddly cast as one of the voices for the soldiers in a parody of the classic NES video game Contra. Who knows — maybe he had joystick thumb as a little kid?


4. Singing the songs of “Casey” for Tim & Eric

One of the most perplexing and upsetting recurring bits on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! was Casey and his brother, a musical group featuring an increasingly sweaty, Vaseline-covered singer and his mute dancing sibling. Bringing in Josh Groban to do cover versions of Casey’s unhinged hits was a touch of demented genius.


5. Panda Sex Song

One of Groban’s first comedic breakthroughs came courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel, who realized that the singer had more of a sense of humor than he let on. When a pair of panda bears at Thailand’s Chiang Mai zoo were shown videos of other bears getting it on to inspire them to mate, it gave Kimmel the idea to write a song to get pandas in the mood. Groban was the perfect choice to sing it, and the end result is hilarious.

Click to watch Josh sing his sure-to-be holiday hit “Fax Machine Santa” on tonight’s brand new Comedy Bang! Bang!.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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