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

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

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Kevin Bacon Number: 3


5. Scott Aukerman

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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.

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

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Kevin Bacon Number: 2


4. “Weird Al” Yankovic

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

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Kevin Bacon Number: 2


3. Marc Maron

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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

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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.

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

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Kevin Bacon Number: 2


1. Bill Hader

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

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Paramount Pictures

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

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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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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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C'mon Fellas

A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Happy Tears

Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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