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Death By Comedy

5 Times Comedy Bang! Bang! Guests Met With An Untimely Demise

Watch the 100th episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! anytime on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Like any good faux late night talk show, Comedy Bang! Bang! knows the importance of having good guests. Over its first 100 episodes, CB!B! has had some of the best guests — from Hollywood actors to chart topping musicians to little orphan boys — looking for scraps. But, just like with Game of Thrones, none of the guests are ever safe. As we celebrate the life-affirming achievement of CB!B!‘s 100th episode, let’s look at five times the guests didn’t make it to the end of the episode. And be sure to watch the 100th episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! right now on IFC.com and the IFC app to see who survives to see episode 101.

1. R.I.P. Michael Cera

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In season one, Arrested Development‘s Michael Cera was just the fourth celebrity guest to sit on CB!B!‘s now famous couch. Everything seemed to go well for Cera, who wasn’t thrown off by Scott’s interview style of asking questions and expecting answers in return. But everything went terribly wrong during the episode’s highlight reel as Scott, Reggie, and Cake Boss (Paul F. Tompkins) got blood on their hands. For those of you who like happy endings, Cera came back to CB!B! fully alive in season four.


2. R.I.P Sinbad

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Sinbad is a comedy legend and Comedy Bang! Bang! was lucky and honored to have him be a part of the show. So honored in fact, that they killed him off of the episode before the credits even rolled. Sinbad’s Noel DeSoil Holyfield (you know, like Neil DeGrasse Tyson?) suffered a death at the hands of an alien that also took the lives of Colin Hanks, Trey Booth (Chelsea Peretti), and most of the CB!B! crew.


3. R.I.P Eric the PA

Eric the PA

Before Eric the PA was a beloved character who got caught up in the crossfire between a Robot Cop (Baron Vaughn) and a Ham Robberer, he was an actual production assistant on the Comedy Bang! Bang! crew. His fairy tale story from off-screen crewmember to SAG member didn’t come to an end with his death. Like many others before him in the CB!B! universe, his death was short-lived and he was back around a week later.


4. R.I.P Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell

Comedy Bang! Bang! head writer Neil Campbell has likely been responsible for devising some of the other deaths on this list. So it’s fitting that one of his own characters met the same fate. His naked, time-traveling weirdo character came back in time to warn Scott and Reggie about the dangers of technology. It turned out he was right about those dangers, but it wasn’t enough to save him from its wrath. He’ll be in death like he was in life: naked.


5. R.I.P The Lonely Island

The Lonely Island

We all remember when Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, and Akiva Schaffer squeezed onto the couch for a very special Christmas episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Unfortunately, their performance was overshadowed when terrorists took over the studio looking for some impossible to find Christmas toys. All was calm and all was bright until an air conditioner repairman (Alan Tudyk) became the hero by taking out all of the terrorists along with all three members of The Lonely Island. Much like Michael Cera, The Lonely Island was able to come back unharmed  for season five.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

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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Car Notes

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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