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5 Best Rapper Moments From Comedy Bang! Bang!

T-Pain brings the beats to Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11P.

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Judging by the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, host Scott Aukerman is a huge hip-hop fan. Rap battles are a regular feature on the show, with Aukerman always beginning “My name’s Rappin’ Scott and I’m here to say, it’s fun to rap in a [fill in the blank] way.” His IFC talk show has also shown a penchant for highlighting rap in an offbeat (and sometimes off-key) way. With Auto-tune maestro T-Pain set to stop by this week, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the greatest (and most surprising) rappers to ever sit on the CBB couch.

5. MC Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Comedy Bang! Bang! all-star Paul F. Tompkins shows up here as a rapping Andrew Lloyd Webber, putting a new spin on his classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Let’s hope something rhymes with Judas.


4. Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi had a lot of great moments during his time as a CB!B! bandleader, but we’ll never forget his take on Riff Raff in the show’s Rocky Horror Picture Show spoof.


3. The Lonely Island

Canadian Indie Pop stars Tegan and Sara have a problem. Ever since their hit “Everything is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie, the Lonely Island boys insist on following them around and interrupting them with rap verses, which is just plain rude.


2. Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q

Schoolboy Q gave Scott some inside info during his season four appearance. Did you know that he got his name thanks to a very specific sponsorship deal? “I get paid a sh– ton of money just to say the letter Q,” he revealed.


1. A$AP Rocky

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Thank god for Reggie Watts. The former bandleader may be gone, but will never be forgotten, what with all the blunts he left  in the couch cushions. Here, hip-hop superstar A$AP Rocky proved even weed couldn’t make host Scott Aukerman (“Not Smoker-man”) cool.

Check out T-Pain’s sure-to-be-hit new song in a clip from Friday’s brand new Comedy Bang! Bang!.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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