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David's Epic Year

5 Awesome Things David Cross Gave Us in 2015

Catch David Cross in the return of Todd Margaret starting January 7th at 10P on IFC.

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With a third season of Todd Margaret premiering on IFC on January 7th, David Cross continues a hot streak that stretches back decades. But 2015 was no doubt a high point for the comedian, as it saw him reunite with longtime collaborator Bob Odenkirk on the new sketch show W/ Bob and David, direct a movie and prepare the unexpected third season of Todd Margaret. To get you ready for the return of a very, very different Todd, check out David Cross’ funniest moments from 2015.


5. The “Know Your Rights” Sketch from W/ Bob and David

Cross and Odenkirk came out firing with their Netflix sketch show W/ Bob and David. The duo unleashed the same mix of high and low comedy, all tied together with a circuitous through line, that made their HBO series Mr. Show a cult hit. In this topical spoof of social justice vigilantes in the digital age, Cross plays a Internet troll come to life, trying to prove that cops are bad at any cost.


4. His directorial debut Hits

While Hits, Cross’ directorial debut, was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, it was only released to the larger public in the last year. The story of a man who unwittingly becomes a viral sensation on the Internet, the film starred some of the best comedians working today, including Matt Walsh and Comedy Bang! Bang! regular James Adomian. Proving Cross understands how media works these days, Hits also has the unique distinction of being the first movie to ever be released exclusively on a pay-what-you-want model through BitTorrent.


3. His 24-Hour Play


David Cross wrote the play “Tears of God in a Universe of Men” for the Urban Arts Partnership in November, as part of their 24 Hour Plays festival. That means that the show went from inception to performance in 24 short hours. Cross’ play starred his wife, Amber Tamblyn, along with Julia Stiles, who posted the above photo of the cast on Instagram.


2. The Acapella MC in Pitch Perfect 2

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Director Elizabeth Banks said that David Cross was her favorite cameo in her directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2. A master of ceremonies for the ultimate riff-off, Cross even ad-libbed one of her favorite lines in the movie.


1. The “C-Word” Sketch on W/ Bob and David (NSFW)

One of the best sketches from the new season of W/ Bob and David, Cross shows that there’s power in the words we choose. Even if we’re a dumbass.

Want more David? Check out the trailer for Todd Margaret season 3 before the big premiere on January 7th at 10P.

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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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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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