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

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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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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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