May 3, 2013 |
Funny and trying, "Maron," which premieres Friday on IFC, stars the comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as comedian and podcaster Marc Maron. Among self-referential sitcoms, it is somewhere on (or around) the continuum between "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Louie," less fanciful than the first and more conventional than the latter. As a character, he's angrier than Larry David and less sweet than Louis C.K., though they all share an inability not to act from the inconvenient, if honest, impulse.
June 7, 2012 |
IFC, with the mission creep common to basic cable, has been slowly and for some time becoming a comedy network. Its initials stand for Independent Film Channel, and it does still show movies (though not particularly independent ones), but its aspirations are nowadays more defined by its flagship original, "Portlandia,"and reruns of "Arrested Development. " Factoring out the flicks, Comedy Central and Adult Swim are the networks it now most resembles. Friday brings two amusing new series to its lineup: "Comedy Bang!
December 10, 2013 |
Break out the plaid flannel and bird-decked tote bags: IFC announced Tuesday that its hit offbeat comedy "Portlandia" will return Feb. 27 -- and it'll be pickled with a heap of guest stars. The fourth season of the satirical series, in which co-creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star as eccentric characters of vegan-infested Portland, Ore., will consist of ten episodes (airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT). Though it draws a modest audience, the series has shown year-to-year growth and is the linchpin of the small cable network, which is owned by AMC Networks.
March 6, 2013 |
IFC is out to prove that big things can come out of small, quirky shows. Sparked by the success of "Portlandia," the series poking gentle fun at Portland, Ore., and its offbeat residents that has charmed both critics and viewers, the basic cable network has enlisted A-listers Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller as it aggressively ratchets up in hopes of becoming a leader in alternative comedy fare. Ferrell, who is currently filming the sequel to his hit "Anchorman," and frequent partner Adam McKay, are executive producers of "The Spoils of Babylon," which will be produced by Funny or Die, their comedy video website that is an outgrowth of their production company.
May 16, 2010 |
No offense, "Mad Men," nothing personal, "Lost," but the best thing I saw on television last year was "Food Party," a six-episode IFC series that might most easily, if not at all adequately, be described as splitting the difference between Julia Child's "The French Chef" and "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." It began its second season — 20 15-minute episodes showing back to back over 10 weeks — April 27 and it is as strange and delightful, poetic and beautiful, silly and disturbing — and even more ambitious, in its homemade, handmade way — as ever.
June 3, 2012
Scott Aukerman's popular podcast, "Comedy Bang! Bang!," has turned the traditional celebrity interview on its head, with zany musical numbers and improv-style games. Aukerman, who also wrote for the cult comedy show "Mr. Show With Bob and David" and co-created the Web series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," talks about the future of comedy and the TV version of "Comedy Bang! Bang!," premiering on IFC at 10 p.m. Friday. "Comedy Bang! Bang!" is part of a new wave of podcasts-turned-TV shows, including Chris Hardwick's "Nerdist" on BBC America and Marc Maron's new show inspired by his "WTF" podcast, that's been green-lit by IFC. Is this the future of comedy development?