Christmas came early at IFC (Hannukah was right on time, though) when we found out that Mr. Show with Bob and David, The Ben Stiller Show, and The Larry Sanders Show are all heading this way like tiny reindeer. But you knew that already.
What you don’t know, smartypants, is that IFC will air these acquired series in a 90-minute comedy block, which will feature exclusive new interviews with writers, creators and stars of each show along with comedians who have been influenced by them. Each interviewee will give anecdotes and behind-the-scenes commentary as well as personal stories related to each series. Hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman (a former writer and star of Mr. Show with Bob and David), the comedy block will launch on Monday, January 3 and air on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30 p.m., ET/PT. The debut will feature interviews with actors Andy Dick (The Ben Stiller Show) and Sarah Silverman (Mr. Show).
Aukerman (along with ex-Mr. Show writer BJ Norton) is the founder of Comedy Death-Ray, a live comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. The weekly show is a who’s who of alternative comedy performers, many of whom are featured in or associated with our hot new line up. We’re all in the family now, or at least we will be after the holidays, which is better for our gift shopping list.
Want to see more of what Comedy Death Ray is all about? Here’s some dark video of Bob Odenkirk (yes, the incredibly prolific ex-SNLer who is also the Bob Mr. Show with Bob and David and The Ben Stiller Show) performing at Comedy Death Ray:
And here’s a Comedy Death Ray Christmas carol:
The new comedy bloc launches on Monday, January 3 and air on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-11:30 p.m., ET/PT.