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6 Paul F. Tompkins Characters We Can’t Get Enough Of

Comedy Bang! Bang! celebrates 100 episodes on Friday, July 1st starting at 11P.

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With his own regularly produced podcast, Spontaneanation, and his frequent visits to numerous Earwolf podcasts like Comedy Bang! Bang!, Paul F. Tompkins is the undisputed king of podcasting. Somehow during CB!B!‘s first 100 episodes, PFT has found a way to fit television appearances into his schedule. Save for an added cape or sprayed grey hair, it’s everything you love about the podcast Paul F. Tompkins but in full HD. In celebration of CB!B!‘s upcoming 100th episode extravaganza, check out our favorite PFT characters below.

1. Cake Boss

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For Paul’s very first appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang!, he decided to bring a fan favorite to life. Buddy Valastro, AKA Cake Boss, joined Michael Cera on the couch to talk all about how cakes are better than pies (obviously) and the ins-and-outs of his ability to see into the future. It was just a typical day in the life of a Cake Boss, including a grisly murder of Cera.


2. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The famed composer of numerous musical theatre classics has stopped by the CB!B! set multiple times. (He even wrote a musical episode for Casey Wilson and Scott Aukerman to showcase their singing chops.) In a very special episode, Andrew Lloyd Webber married the love of his life…a talking chair. And, he was there to witness Scott sink a three-pointer during an episode with no editing cuts. Lord ALW is always around for special occasions.


3. Garry Marshall, please call me Garry

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Garry Marshall is probably best known as the brother of Penny Marshall. But he’s also made a name for himself as the director of movies named after holidays and TV shows starring Fonzies. When he joined Zoe Saldana on Comedy Bang! Bang!, he announced his brand new project: Happy Days. A reboot of the classic TV show, with the same cast, playing the same characters, 30 years older. Now that’s a license to print money.


4. Werner Herzog: Port of Call Comedy Bang! Bang!

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A prolific director, Werner Herzog is no stranger to the limelight. He’s had starring roles in Hollywood films like Jack Reacher and cameos in Parks and Recreation. But his appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! was like nothing he’s ever done before. PFT’s Werner is known for being a lover of colons in movie sequels, and it shows when he describes his newest project, Good Will Hunting: Port of Call Los Angeles.


5. J.W. Stillwater, a vigilante hero

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J.W. Stillwater is the second of Paul’s characters to wear a cape. While Andrew Lloyd Webber’s is a reflection of his lofty stature, Stillwater’s cape is a reflection of his activities as a vigilante justice in Cumberbatch County, Florida. He provides a very important service to Floridians and similarly provides a very important service to Comedy Bang! Bang! viewers by educating them on fan boats and how alligators can do double takes just like us!


6. Alan Thicke, father of Robin Thicke

If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you’d likely know Alan Thicke from the hit TV show, Growing Pains. What you might not know is that he’s Canadian, he’s written several famous TV theme songs, and he appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang! along with True Detective‘s Michelle Monaghan. Like his turns with Andrew Lloyd Webber, this appearance gave Tompkins a chance to show off his singing prowess, giving everyone their own personal theme song, except Scott.

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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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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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