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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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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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Home Run

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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