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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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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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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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