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5 Lauren Lapkus Characters That Prove She’s a Comedy Superstar

Celebrate 100 episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! Friday July 1st starting at 11P on IFC.

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Outside of comedy circles, Lauren Lapkus is best known for her roles in Jurassic World and Orange is The New Black, aka Oranges, the New Black. Since IFC is inside of the comedy circles, we know her best from her wide range of characters on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and talk show.

Many of Lapkus’ characters have grown out of podcasts (CB!B!, With Special Guest) resulting in only a few making the leap to television. To continue our celebration of CB!B!‘s 100th episode, we’ve made a list of the top 5 Lauren Lapkus characters lucky enough to exist in a visual medium.

1. Harmony Moonglass

Harmony Moonglass

Harmony Moonglass entered our lives alongside Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) on the Comedy Bang! Bang! couch where she lead Scott, Thomas, and Reggie through a guided meditation session. They pictured tranquil trees, cuddly squirrels, and the near reconciliation of a long lost love. Unfortunately, Scott couldn’t take the talk out of his talk show and kept ruining everyone’s meditative high. Middleditch and Lapkus later partnered again on the CB!B! podcast to create new fan favorite characters, the kid detectives.


2. Big Sue

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The Comedy Bang! Bang! set is no stranger to entrepreneurial guests. Lots of business owners have graced Scott Aukerman’s talk show looking to receive the patented CB!B! bump. Big Sue came to the show in an entrepreneurial class of her own, with her business “Carpets and Rugs, Down There.” Due to a pizza-fueled incident, her entire inventory is full of soaking wet carpets and rugs. She’s still looking to sell her first carpet if you’re in the market.


3. Sarah from Date-zaster

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Not every CB!B! character gets the privilege of sitting on the couch to receive one of Scott Aukerman’s famous interview questions. For those without couch privileges, the second best thing is to be in one of Scott’s new television or movie projects. In his new prank show, Date-zaster, Lapkus plays the role of an actress playing the role of a Date-zaster victim. It’s a small, but complex role that Lapkus plays with nuance and grace.


4. Todd

Todd
While Todd certainly exists in the CB!B! universe, as Scott’s live-in nephew, he has yet to appear on the TV show. Despite his absence on CB!B!, he did appear onscreen in Lapkus’ episode of the aptly named Netflix show, The Characters. Like any kid whose age is “middle school,” two of Todd’s favorite things are cursing and his mom. Since Todd now has a taste for show business, here’s hoping he’s up for a future episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!.


5. Whitney Peeps

Whitney Peeps

We were introduced to Lapkus’ Whitney Peeps in a CB!B! episode that also features Kevin Smith and a donkey pretending to be Stevie Wonder. Overcoming the star power of those two, Lapkus shines through as an international philanthropist who will only give back to the community if she wins a contest, gets paid, or is somehow rewarded in any manner. As Smith points out, it’s very self-serving, but Whitney Peeps isn’t someone who would let something like that slow her down.

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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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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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