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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

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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

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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

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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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Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that totally would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Price of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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