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Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet co-star in "Brockmire," a half-hour comedy series that began years ago as a viral short video on the Funny or Die website. The series centers on the fall of Jim Brockmire, a once-famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing on-air meltdown caused by his wife's serial infidelity, leading to a decade away from the booth. Older and presumably wiser, Brockmire attempts to reclaim his career, reputation and love life by returning behind the mic, but the setting -- a broken-down rust belt town, home of the minor league's Morristown Frackers -- is not quite what he envisioned. Strong-willed, hard-drinking owner Julia James has a complicated relationship with Brockmire, while whiz-kid intern Charles is simultaneously entertained by and terrified of the new announcer.
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Fred Armisen and rock 'n' roll guitarist Carrie Brownstein first cracked up audiences as the internet sketch-comedy duo ThunderAnt. That led to this absurdist series set in Portland, Ore., that gently pokes fun at the laid-back Pacific Northwest city and the many eccentric characters that call it home. Among the many recurring guest stars on the series are Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Goldblum, Natasha Lyonne, Kumail Nanjiani and Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Portlandia's mayor.
"Saturday Night Live" compatriots Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers serve as creators, executive producers and writers of this IFC original series, using their love of documentary films and combining it with comedy to present a unique take on the form. Hosted by Dame Helen Mirren and starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different documentary film style, paying tribute to some of the most important stories that didn't actually happen. "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels also executive produces "Documentary Now!", and guest stars include Jack Black and John Slattery.
Upon first look, "Comedy Bang! Bang!" is like any late-night talk show... until the guests sit down and the interviews commence. Then it veers off in all sorts of directions, most of which include unfiltered and improvised dialogue. The show is based on host Scott Aukerman's popular podcast of the same name (and most certainly influenced by the Internet mock-talk show "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," which Aukerman produced and directed). In each episode, Aukerman reinvents the traditional celebrity interview by engaging his guests in ad-libbed banter, all of which is punctuated by beats from "bandleader" Reggie Watts or, in later episodes, "Weird Al" Yankovic.
All the news that's not fit for print -- or for that matter, the airwaves -- is reported on the "Onion News Network," an offshoot of the news satire organization The Onion. The network claims to have more "attack satellites" than its competition, and "no other channel has more secret surveillance cameras in homes, businesses and high-level government offices." Its flagship parody show is "FactZone with Brooke Alvarez," which includes a media monitor segment that features Alvarez (as played by Suzanne Sena) pointing out the "gross negligence" of other news organizations.
Offbeat games and bizarre challenges are the foundation for the on-the-spot comedy created in this new breed of game show. The contestants, a roster of comedians that includes Alex Borstein, Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Bobby Moynihan, Kumail Nanjiani and Nicole Parker, play games such as "Top This Lie," where they must out-fib host Kurt Braunohler in a rapid-fire succession of untruths, and "Wordy and the Tramp," where they provide answers to a series of disconnected questions while they and the host bounce on trampolines. The players are also challenged to -- among many other wacky tasks -- invent new sins, break harsh news to children, compose and sing original songs about grandmothers, and decide what mankind will evolve into next.
Comedy Crib, IFC's hub for exclusive webseries from both established and rising comics, comes to the cable network in the form of "The Show." It allows viewers the chance to watch popular sketches and episodes from past Crib programs on-air for the first time. Each packaged half-hour episode features a variety of short-form comedy content from series such as "Funny People Reading Books," "Faeries," "The Annoyance," "Bottled," and "John and Geoff Are Married."
Executive produced by Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad") and Ben Stiller, "The Birthday Boys" is a scripted original sketch show starring the Los Angeles comedy group of the same name. The Birthday Boys are Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen, whose collective credits include "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "Portlandia," "Funny or Die," "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and "Conan." Episodes combine a mix of stand-alone and multiact sketches that twist real-life situations and cultural touchstones, taking a page from absurd yet intelligent classic sketch shows "Monty Python," "Kids in the Hall" and Odenkirk's "Mr. Show With Bob and David."
Todd Margaret is unqualified to sell anything, but that doesn't stop the part-time office temp from being tabbed to lead the London sales office of a new energy drink. (Unless the qualifications include being a compulsive liar, lacking any common sense and knowing nothing about British culture.) Todd's new boss, Brent, expects big results, if only to help subsidize his gambling habit and penchant for hiring prostitutes. Todd, however, has only one employee at his disposal, the mysteriously devious Dave, who takes advantage of Todd and often makes him appear foolish. Cafe owner Alice becomes the object of Todd's affection, and although she finds him annoying and unattractive, pity moves her to help him deal with the many jams he creates. The series is created, written by and stars David Cross ("Arrested Development") in the title role.
John C. McGinley ("Scrubs") stars in this comedy-horror series as sour, judgmental sheriff Stan Miller, who is forced to give up his job because of an angry outburst at a most inopportune moment -- his wife's funeral. Relinquishing authority doesn't come easily for Stan, especially after he finds out he must make way for Evie Barret, the strong-willed and beautiful new sheriff. However, when both soon realize something is not quite right in their sleepy New Hampshire town -- which just so happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th-century witch burning -- Stan and Evie form an unlikely alliance to bravely battle a plague of spine-chilling demons.