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Six Degrees of Bacon

Let’s Play the Kevin Bacon Game with IFC Stars!

Catch Kevin Bacon on the season premiere of Comedy Bang! Bang! Friday at 11P on IFC.

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We all know the rules to “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” The game itself can be traced back to the mid-’90s, when a group of college kids were watching the Kevin Bacon “small town bans dancing” classic Footloose. Bored, they let the TV roll over into the next program, which happened to be The Air Up There, starring, you guessed it, Kevin Bacon. Realizing this guy was in everything, the students put their own spin on writer Frigyes Karinthy’s belief that any two people on Earth could be connected by six or less degrees of separation, and a sensation was created.

To celebrate the game’s hero, who is the guest star on the Comedy Bang! Bang! season premiere this Friday at 11P, we thought we’d run some of IFC’s biggest stars through the game, and see who we can connect the fastest. Take a look, and then see if you can beat our scores, and bring home the bacon.

6. Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein
IFC

Okay, let’s start with Portlandia resident Carrie Brownstein. Carrie was in the 2015 awards season favorite Carol with Cory Michael Smith.

Cory Michael Smith Carol
The Weinstein Company

Cory Michael Smith was in Camp X-Ray (2014) with John Carroll Lynch.

John Carol Lynch
IFC Films

John Carroll Lynch was in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) with… Kevin Bacon!

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Warner Bros.

Kevin Bacon Number: 3


5. Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman
IFC

Sure, Hot Saucerman is literally sitting next to The Baconator this week on Comedy Bang! Bang!. But let’s try to connect him through movies. Well, Scott Aukerman was in Austin Powers in Goldmember (airing this month on IFC!) with Robert Wagner.

Robert Wagner
New Line Cinema

Robert Wagner was in Wild Things (1998) with, yup, Kevin Bacon.

Wild Things Kevin Bacon
Columbia Pictures

Kevin Bacon Number: 2


4. “Weird Al” Yankovic

Weird Al
IFC

Again, using the fact that “Weird Al” is on CB!B! with Kevin Bacon this week is too easy. Let’s try with movies. Hmmm, Al was in the 1998 Leslie Nielsen Disney TV movie Safety Patrol with Alex McKenna.

Alex McKenna
Disney Channel

Alex McKenna played “Jewel” on two episodes of Kevin Bacon’s serial killer hunting TV series The Following.

Kevin Bacon The Following
FOX

Kevin Bacon Number: 2


3. Marc Maron

Marc Maron
IFC

The star of IFC’s Maron has a few films under his belt. For instance, Marc was in Get a Job (2016) with Marcia Gay Harden.

Marcia Gay Harden
CBS Films

Marcia Gay Harden was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon. Boom.

Mystic River Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon Number: 2


2. Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen
IFC

Portlandiastar Fred Armisen has lent his voice to animation, like the film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) with J.K. Simmons.

JK Simmons

J.K. Simmons stars in Patriots Day, an upcoming film about the Boston Marathon bombing, with, wow, Kevin Bacon.

Cop Car
Focus World

Kevin Bacon Number: 2


1. Bill Hader

Bill Hader
IFC

Okay, last one. Documentary Now!‘s Bill Hader voiced the computer in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Paramount Pictures

Benedict Cumberbatch was in Black Mass (2015) with Kevin Bacon. That was easy.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures

Kevin Bacon Number: 2

Looking at our scores (lots of “2s”!), it’s clear that Kevin Bacon is literally in everything. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. (Check out a clip of Kevin talking about “Kevin Town” on this week’s Comedy Bang! Bang! below.)

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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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Mirror, Mirror

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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