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David Cross calls working on “Comedy Bang! Bang!” a “treat”


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David Cross is no stranger to unscripted comedy. In fact, some his best work — from his stand-up comedy to his stint on “Arrested Development” — was actually improvised. That’s why we were beyond excited when we heard that he was going to be joining an episode of “Comedy Bang! Bang!”

It turns out that Cross was pretty excited about it too. “Any time I get to do shit like that is a treat, absolutely,” he told IFC recently while he was promoting his upcoming movie, “It’s A Disaster,” during the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Hosts Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts have proved that they have some interesting (read: insane) ideas when it comes to “Comedy Bang! Bang!” but Cross said that he didn’t need to hear a single one of them to know he was on board for the show. All he needed to hear was that the comedic duo wanted him, and he agreed.

“It’s just one of those things where there are like a handful of people who call you up and go, ‘Hey, do you want to do this thing?’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I don’t have to hear what it is. Tell me where,'” he said.

The rest of the experience was just as low-key. “I never saw a script until I walked in there and I didn’t have to, it was just Scott and Reggie going, ‘Hey, do you want to do this thing?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, just tell me where to show up and when,” he said. “So I was able to come down there and I don’t know if there was a script but they basically told me an idea and I was so confused, I was like I have to do that.”

Cross’s episode of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” airs tonight at 10/9c.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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