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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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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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