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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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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show premieres this summer on IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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