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8 Times SNL Cast Members Brought the Funny to Comedy Bang! Bang!

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

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The cast of Saturday Night Live has produced an uncountable number of legendary characters, from Roseanne Rosannadanna to Wayne and Garth. But despite 40 years of sketch comedy history, there were still opportunities for cast members to find themselves creating new bits on the set of Comedy Bang! Bang!These are some of the best characters to come out of 30 Rockefeller Center.

8. Kate McKinnon, professional upstairs neighbor

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The best sketch characters are relatable, and unfortunately for anyone living in an apartment building, Kate McKinnon‘s passive-aggressive Effie Villalopolus is very relatable. Despite an on-set earthquake during her Comedy Bang! Bang! episode, she still perfectly summed up her feelings towards her neighbors in finely crafted notes. Effie’s trip to CB!B! was such a success that she changed her name and soon found herself at the Weekend Update desk.


7. Will Forte wants your vote for U.S. Senate

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Will Forte is a member of the Comedy Bang! Bang! two-timers club. After his first appearance on the pilot episode as a pilot (right?!), he returned for his second time to rock the vote as an overly honest politician. Drugs, strange fetishes, and a patsy for lobbyists; he would probably fit right in this election season. He taught everyone how extremely valuable it is to vote, so that candidates like him will never get elected.


6. Andy Samberg plays himself

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Before Andy Samberg joined Comedy Bang! Bang! twice with The Lonely Island, he made the journey on his own. While on set, Andy learned he got a huge part in the Battletoads movie from psychic Tan Fu (Jordan Peele). Andy also danced, answered Scott Aukerman’s hard-hitting questions, and enjoyed every minute as a couch guest. It was a performance nobody is soon to forget.


5. Paul Brittain and Taran Killam are the Calvins Twins

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The Calvins Twins stormed into the CB!B! universe when Paul Brittain and Taran Killam were guests on the podcast, quickly becoming fan favorites. Their first foray into TV went just as expected, with tales of horse fighting, overly detailed directions to their farm, and important life lessons about not taking anything too seriously. Their now famous catchphrase (“You gotta laugh!”) even applied to the episode’s guest, Jenna Fischer, who could not keep a straight face.


4. Maya Rudolph represents for the ladies

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Maya Rudolph is a good friend of IFC. You probably saw her in Portlandia fronting a band or in The Spoils Before Dying as a ghostly singer, and she’ll soon be starring on a music-centric episode of Documentary Now!. On Comedy Bang! Bang! however, there was no band and there were no ghosts. Just Maya and a whole lot of love. The most important lesson she learned while on the show is that that “the show must go on” and not that “the show must goon.”


3. Fred Armisen in the Late Night wars

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The stars of IFC are usually all one big happy family, but when Fred Armisen joined CB!B! as a couch guest, tensions ran high. Both Fred and Scott were fighting for the same job in late night television — even though we think they both have the best jobs now. Despite Fred’s patented guitar-driven humor, Scott was less than welcoming to him. Though we’re sure he’d love to come back and do the show anytime.


2. Horatio Sanz is Aaron Neville, famous musician

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Horatio Sanz has been a guest on the CB!B! podcast numerous times and he’s a TV show four-timer. It’s always a treat to see where Sanz will take a bit, since it’s anyone’s guess if he even knows most of the time where he’s going until he gets there. With his portrayal of soulful singer Aaron Neville, Sanz provided the audience with a bonus musical element. Even better than that, he stopped by with new causes to support, which may or may not do more harm than good.


1. Bobby Moynihan is cute (and stabby) orphan boy Fourvel

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Bobby Moynihan, the Drunk Uncle himself, knows how to run with a recurring character. Little orphan Fourvel is one of the few Comedy Bang! Bang! characters to return to the show more than once. It’s surprising security keeps allowing Fourvel on set with his foul mouth and penchant for cutlery, but the little scamp has grown into a fan favorite. For being such a small boy, he brings a big energy to the show.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.