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CB!B! Flashback

10 Classic Comedy Bang! Bang! Moments

Scott and "Weird Al" remember some classic CB!B! moments tonight starting at 11P on IFC.

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With Comedy Bang! Bang! hitting its 100th episode, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the weirdest, most farcical and insane moments Scott Aukerman (“Hot Saucerman”) and the crew have ever cooked up. To see what Scott and “Weird Al” have in store for the 100th episode, be sure to tune in tonight starting at 11P.

10. The Oh, Hello! boys crack up Scott and The Lonely Island

We’re only at the midway point of season five, and already this latest batch of episodes has produced several classic CB!B! moments. We’re still laughing at Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s appearance as those Upper West Side-dwelling, Alan Alda-worshipping weirdos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. Watch their segment above and witness Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island guys attempting to keep it together.


9. See Through Burritos

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In this riff on David Cronenberg’s The Fly, Reggie gets superpowers when he accidentally microwaves himself with a burrito. Now, thanks to the laws of science, he can see through tortillas. It goes without saying that he’s super psyched. No more mystery when it comes to what other people are eating. Shredded Chicken. Carne Asada. Reggie always knows. But with great power comes great responsibility, as long as that responsibility involves tortillas.


8. Cowboy Poetry by Dalton Wilcox

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Andy Daly is a mainstay on Comedy Bang! Bang!, and with good reason, if “Poet Laureate of the West” Dalton Wilcox is any indication. With his folksy poems about hard living on the plains, he seems to be the rugged ideal of an Old West cowboy. That is unless you let him read his poems all the way through, and realize 75% to 80% of them are about having sex with a hole in the ground. And if that isn’t your cup of tea, stick around for the poem about all the people he accidentally killed because he thought they were vampires.


7. Reality House

Reality House

It’s hard to find an original slant on the reality show genre these days, but Aukerman and the CB!B! writing staff are never one to shy away from a challenge. Here, actual reality show stars like Reza Farahan, the muastachioed hunk from Shahs of Sunset and ex-Bachelor contestant Lucy Aragon, take place in a competition called “Reality House,” which seems to consist of host Scott Aukerman reading the same bewildering cue card every day for weeks, while the confused contestants become more and more confused. No one has any idea what type of show this is, what they’re supposed to do, or really anything at all. Well, Farahan does know one thing. He isn’t here to make friends…or is he?


6. Scottie Scares ‘Em

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Scott is a friendly guy, so it probably shouldn’t come as a shock that he’d use a hidden camera prank show to make friends. In this classic CB!B! sketch, Scott dresses up as a bush to scare some unsuspecting passerby, but when one, then two, then all of them want to join the show, “Scottie Scares ‘Em” slowly morphs into “Scottie, Greg, June, Lisa & Sarah Startles and Caught-Off-Guards ‘Em Featuring Stu (Vouched for by Dave).”


5. Topher Grace Tries To Shoot Seth Rogen

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Celebrity cameos are a mainstay of Comedy Bang! Bang!. You never know who’s going to stop by, or who they’re going to kill. Thank god for Will Arnett, who cameos here to talk down Topher Grace, playing a cameraman who wants to “take the shot,” and kill Seth Rogen’s picture of himself surfing once and for all. Pretty typical stuff. Action movie icon Fred Williamson even shows up, to question why Arnett is so hard on the young That’s ’70s Show star. Maybe it’s because he sees some much of himself in the kid. All of that for a thirty second gag?


4. Make The Sweater Better

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In this sketch, Scott sends up a variety of TV show genres with his “Make The Sweater Better” show. He’s here to “make a cargi-GAN out of this cardi-GAN’T,” and save your favorite sweater! But as the show progresses, fixing sweaters falls by the wayside, as his trip between locations on “historic Route 66” takes up more and more time. He starts dropping cheap catchphrases like, “I did have a cow, man,” and “Mmmmm, you’ve got to lick it before you kick it.” His hair grows frosted tips, a goatee crops on his face and his shirt becomes emblazoned with flames. Before you know it, Scott has gone full blown Guy Fieri, unable to leave a frame without chanting, “hasta la vista, baby.”


3. Fourvel Gets Stabby

Fourvel

For fans of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, Bobby Moynihan’s orphan boy, Forvuel, is a familiar face, er, voice. A castoff scamp, he spends his days hunting for scraps, and desperately trying to get adopted. But don’t cross him, because he’s quick to pull a knife and get all stabby. Just ask his birth family, who he killed because “they were all up in my grill.”


2. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber pens an epic musical

Webber musical

Paul F. Tompkins‘ take on the Phantom of the Opera creator is always a welcome presence on the CB!B! stage. But for one classic episode, the Lord deigned us all with a brand new musical starring Casey Wilson, Scott and Tom Lennon as The Phantom of the Studio. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house (probably because of all the smoke effects).


1. Scott Does the Time Warp Again

Time Warp

Last season’s Halloween episode has quickly become an all-time classic, thanks to a brilliant homage to the Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring Kid Cudi in a Riff Raff-like role, guest Robert Kirkman as Dr. Scott and Scott himself channeling Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The sight of Scott in a wig and fishnets is not one we’ll soon forget.

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WTF Films

Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Reality? Check.

Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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