If you were paying close attention to Twitter this weekend, you may have heard a few awesome rumors about IFC. We’re here to confirm them all. Well, maybe not the one that compares us to Willie Nelson in the sack, but otherwise: All true.
On the heels of the second season premieres of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decision of Todd Margaret,” IFC today greenlit two new scripted comedy series, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk (working title). IFC has ordered 10, half-hour episodes of each series to premiere back-to-back in June 2012 as a one-hour original comedy block. Who’s looking forward to summer now? That’s right, you are.
Comedy Bang! Bang! is a sketch variety show featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and animation. The series is hosted by Scott Aukerman the co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis; writer/performer, Mr. Show, and based upon his popular podcast of the same name. You may also recognize him from such places as …right here on IFC where he interviewed
Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Paul Feig and Judd Apatow.
Music for the show will be provided by the show’s resident one-man bandleader, Reggie Watts, the comedian/musician/artist/writer/performer as seen on Conan’s Live tour and on TBS as well as his Comedy Central Special WHY $#!+ SO CRAZY. Also from writing songs for IFC shows like this ode to the Onion News Network’s Brooke Alvarez.
Bunk (working title) is a game-show parody featuring a rotating line-up of comedian contestants performing absurd comedy challenges, created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant and hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian, Kurt Braunohler.
We think these shows fit perfectly with IFC’s mission to create fresh, original, off-kilter comedies, and we’re thrilled to add them to our 2012 line up.