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The Birthday Boys: Jeff Recaps “All Your Favorites Are Back”

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by Jefferson Dutton

Wow, what an episode! So many different flavors, broken up into a nice, proportional stack. You see… every episode is like a big, fancy sandwich. So this week, let’s break down “ALL YOUR FAVORITES ARE BACK,” luncheon style! I’ve got the recipe right here. Loosen up your belt, fatboy, we’re gonna make ourselves a nice Episode 108 hoagie, from the ground up!

We start with “All Your Favorites Are Back” part 1… that’s the foundation of the whole episode. You’re lookin at a bottom bun, baby!

Next up, “Autistic Basketball.” We’re just getting started. Dave sinks major baskets like that viral video kid we all know. Crisp, clean, kind of a relatable thing no one has issues with. That’s right: this sketch is a cool bed of lettuce.

“Hold On”: Short and sweet! Tomato.

“All Your Favorites Are Back” part 2. Now… I guess this is more bun. Seems to me a little soon to have another bun but that’s what the recipe says. Come to think of it, I guess some club sandwiches have bread in the middle. So this is like that.

Woosh. Here’s a tangy treat that can’t be beat: a bittersweet layer of savory dressing!

“All Your Favorites Are Back” part 3… Bob plays a manager listing off the performers’ backstage requests. It’s a little departure from the runner, a short thing between commercial breaks. You guessed it! More bread.

“Pay For What You Get.” This commercial stars Mitch as Marty. We’re in the middle of the episode now, the perfect place for some delicious deli-sliced ham!

“Shrink Ray” brings us to the cheese level… bleu cheese. Oh. Hmm. I can usually only do a little bleu cheese. I’m not allergic to it or anything, but it’s really just not for me. Maybe it’s not too much. I’ll just take a look at the recipe here, hopefully it’s not– 2 BIG DALLOPS?!??! Oh man.

“Pay For What You Get 2” is a tricky one. We’re still in the middle of the episode, and we’re revising Marty’s restaurant in a new, scenic way. And thus, our sandwich layer will be “the same, but different.” Any guesses? How bout some sliced turkey!

All Your Favorites Are– EGG!? Ugh. Disgusting! I hate when people put an egg on a sandwich. I can’t think of a grosser thing!. Did you know that in France they crack a RAW EGG on top of a PIZZA????? Ew. How would that even ever occur to someone? Well, so I guess there’s an egg on this sandwich. Hey, I don’t have to eat it. Hmm? What?!? I DO have to eat it!??!

“No Afterlife” is the second to last sketch. We’re bringin’ it on home with some familiar… rice? Wait, is that right, ‘rice’? On a sandwich? Alright… ‘Half a cup of steamed rice’. On the sandwich it goes.

“All Your Favorites Are Back” part 5. Top bun with sesame seeds. It says here the sesame seeds are supposed to remind us of the rice from No Afterlife. Whatever.

And then, at long last, the Credits. These tie the whole thing together… the credits and production cards are like the toothpick on top, complete with a HARD BOILDED JUMBO EGG??!?! Come on! Fancy sandwiches have toothpicks in them with olives on top, not a not a big stinky egg!

You know what? This “All Your Favorites” sandwich sucks! There I said it! There’s way too much bread, and two gross eggs, and don’t get me started on the whole rice fiasco. It’s disgusting to me! If you need me, I’ll be puking out back. And you guys are into this sorta thing? Jeeze. Enjoy your nasty sandwich everyone. Yikes.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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