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Watch Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers Cause Some Hilarious Trouble At The Atlantic’s Documentary Now! Screening

Documentary Now Screening Event

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It was a mini-Saturday Night Live reunion on Tuesday night, when The Atlantic hosted an exclusive screening and panel discussion to kick off the new IFC series Documentary Now!.

After a screening of the first two episodes, creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas sat down for a discussion with The Atlantic’s editor-at-large Steve Clemons and MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. The journalists quickly found themselves at the mercy of the comedians, who used the interview as an opportunity to make each other laugh along with answering questions. But really, would you expect anything less?

When the moderators were able to get a question in, the funny men insisted the hilarious tributes to films like Grey Gardens and Nanook of the North are meant to celebrate documentary filmmaking in all its many forms.  As Hader noted,

“I’m a big film fan,” Hader said. “I get excited when they tell me they actually got the lenses they shot [acclaimed Errol Morris documentary] The Thin Blue Line on. We were all, like, ‘Yeaaaaaahhhhhhh!'”

Check out the full video of the event courtesy of The Atlantic below. And be sure to catch the premiere of Documentary Now! on Thursday, August 20th at 10P on IFC.

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers on the red carpet:

@sordociego, Bill Hader and @sethmeyers are here! @atlantic_LIVE

#AtlanticDocNow #DocumentaryNow

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The panel in action:

A no filter night with SNL’s funny men premiering their new IFC series #AtlanticDocNow A photo posted by Sarah Sobel (@ssobel) on


The moment the panel was almost over before it was over. Watch Thu at theatlantic.com/live #AtlanticDocNow A photo posted by @atlanticlive on PDT


Natasha Lyonne and Aidy Bryant on the red carpet:


Custom Samuel Adams beer labels:

Special @samueladamsbeer labels for Documentary Now! screening. Sadly

won’t be a regular thing. #atlanticdocnow #craftbeer

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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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