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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

Garry Marshall

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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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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