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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

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IFC

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

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The Weinstein Company

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

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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

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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.

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Columbia Pictures

Kevin Bacon Number: 2


4. “Weird Al” Yankovic

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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.

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Disney Channel

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

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FOX

Kevin Bacon Number: 2


3. Marc Maron

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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.

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CBS Films

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

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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.

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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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