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5 Brilliant Spoofs From Comedy Bang! Bang!

Celebrate the 100th episode of Comedy Bang! Bang this Friday starting at 11P on IFC.

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From overly scripted reality shows to full-blown musicals, CB!B! has taken a stab at just about everything you love and hate from pop culture over the years. To get you ready for the 100th episode, here are a few of our favorite takedowns. What will Scott Aukerman and “Weird Al” spoof this week? Better tune in to back-to-back episodes Friday starting at 11P to find out.

5. The Walking Dead

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Judging by the ratings, everyone loves The Walking Dead, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get a bit repetitive at times. It seems like every episode the crew goes out on some scavenging mission, only to see a character we can’t even remember the name of become zombie, er, “Walker” food. CB!B! honed in on the ridiculousness of this, highlighting how intensely the death of each character is handled before we quickly move on and forget they were ever on the show. Hey, at least in this sketch it’s the black guy who survives for once.


4. CSI: Miami and Basically Every Cop Procedural

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Ever notice how the title of every cop show on TV describes the protagonist’s specialty? (The Mentalist, anyone?) CB!B! came up with their own procedural in the form of Dane Looker, a faux network drama about a Danish cop who’s happens to be the best of the best at looking for missing people. Also, he’s quite the looker. There’s just one problem: While he’s trying to solve his cases, everyone asks what the deal is with his name. Did he get into this line of work because of his last name? Did he change his name when he took the job? And what’s with all those catchphrases? “Looks can be deceiving.” “Look… what the cat dragged in.” Looks like someone is a little obsessed with his own name.


3. Temptations Musical

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Kid Cudi proved he has the chops to make it on the Great White Way in Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, the Temptations musical that somehow didn’t take home a boatload of Tonys.


2. Phantom of the Opera

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Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber (Paul F. Tompkins) is a regular presence on CB!B!, and he honored the show with a special musical extravaganza in season two. When the Phantom of the Studio (Thomas Lennon) kidnaps guest Casey Wilson, Scott springs into action (and song) in this spot-on parody of musical theater excess.


1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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CBB‘s Season 4 Halloween episode was one big excuse to slip through a time warp and send up everyone’s favorite cult hit, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The episode starts off on a familiar note: A straight-laced couple has a breakdown on a rainy night, and goes in search of help. What they find will horrify and delight them. With show-stopping musical numbers  and a pitch perfect recreation of the movie that is more celebration than send-up, this is a must watch for fans of CB!B! and Rocky Horror. We won’t be getting the image of Scott channeling Tim Curry out of our heads anytime soon.

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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

Watch The First Episode of Brockmire Right Now for Free

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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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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