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5 Tony Hale Roles We Love

Tony Hale stops by Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight at 11P.

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Let’s not mince words: Tony Hale is a national treasure. With not one, but two all time classic TV characters under his belt, and a long list of brilliant performances on top of them, he’s quietly become one of our favorite comedians. To get you primed for his appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight, we thought we’d revisit some of his most hilarious performances. So get your best chicken dance ready, because these parts are the cock of the walk.

5. Children’s Hospital, Brad Lendricks

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Whether he’s the star of the show or just stopping by for one episode, Tony Hale always brings the funny. In this classic Children’s Hospital cameo, Hale played the prime suspect in a series of grisly murders. It’s hard to outshine fellow guest star Nick Offerman and a plot that reveals Dr. Owen Maestro (Rob Huebel) is actually a shaved baboon, but somehow Hale steals the show.


4. Community, Professor Holly

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Another classic guest star spot, this time as a hippie pottery teacher at the end of his rope. Why? Well, his class has one simple rule: No “ghosting,” aka any conceivable reenactments of the classic Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore scene from the 1990 hit Ghost. And trust us, if anyone should hum even three notes from that damn Righteous Brothers song, he will come at you with everything he’s got.


3. Mr. Noodman, Sanjay and Craig

Hale has lent his vocal stylings to many animated films and TV shows, including his turn as the snake-phobic Mr. Noodman on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig. Even in animation, Hale has some sweet dance moves.


2. Veep, Gary Walsh

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With two Emmy awards for his role as the Veep/President’s right, left, and any other hand she should need, Hale consistently steals every scene he’s in. No one is quicker with a hand wipe or cup of tea than Gary.


1. Arrested Development, Buster Bluth

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And, of course, number one goes to mama’s boy Buster, the sheltered baby of the Bluth family who hides from doorbells, fights seals, and joins the army on a dare from a Michael Moore impersonator.

Check out a preview of Tony’s appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! below. Back-to-back episodes air tonight starting at 11P. 

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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