Comedy Bang! Bang! Bye…Bye?
What’s up, hot dog?
Yesterday came with the news that the IFC @ifc network has chosen not move forward beyond the soon to be finished fifth and final season of beloved self-proclaimed TV’s first talk show, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Helmed by alt-comedy titan Scott Aukerman @scottaukerman, spinning off his podcast of the same title, created a wild world full of off-beat tangents, obtuse turns of comedy tropes, a touch at the bubbling rage just under the surface of each of us as well as truck load after truck load of false names and sly references to things long forgotten. First teamed with the menace to music that is Reggie Watts then transitioned to a stint with rapper of note Kid Cudi and, as if by the fates themselves, joined by none other than Weird Al Yankovic for the final 20 episode long fifth season.
I don’t even know where to begin to talk about this show from a personal perspective. Ardent fan and champion of whatever this mess was supposed to be, I find myself at a loss for words. Did Comedy Bang! Bang! make an effort to push boundaries of what we consider when we think of comedy as an art form? Well, yeah stupid, of course it did. Was it always on the mark? Of course not, nothing is perfect, but in that imperfection lay some of the most groundbreaking attempts at generating comedy from a place of truth with a twist of whimsy. A veritable Pee-wee’s Playhouse style talk-sketch show that never let up and refused to fall into one clean category.
All we can say is thank you and cherish what there is left to come, and maybe suck it up, as we’ve already seen the series finale two seasons ago.
Comedy Bang! Bang! the TV show will be sorely missed. My man cave will feel a little more like a man’s grave with it gone.
Luckily, we still have the podcast version some 400+ episodes deep and still evolving.
Thank you @scottaukerman for five amazing seasons, a monolith of a podcast and whatever you have coming next. Can we get a Heynong Man?
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