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The week in Australian TV: the good, the bad and the soon-to-be-extinct

26 May 2015 12:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Trying to find TV nuggets during prime time proved almost as futile as throwing bacon at the sun in the hope of it landing cooked. Thankfully there’s always one

Hidden away at 1am on SBS2 is the enjoyably farcical Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Us writer and comedian Scott Aukerman (co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis). Deadpan, awkward and perfectly timed, this anti-chat show provides blessed meta-relief from the tide of men-behind-desk shows (sent up excellently by Amy Schumer), as well as existing in its own right as a petri dish of sketches and characters.

Playing the role of tortured guest on Friday was Weird Al Yankovic. Personally I prefer the episodes where there’s a straight character to play off Aukerman’s entirely unsuitable host, as with Jon Hamm in the previous week, but things are still reliably offbeat and hilarious here. The entire episode is »

- Jazz Twemlow

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IFC Renews ‘Comedy Bang-Bang!’ for a Fifth Season

5 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

IFC has picked up “Comedy Bang! Bang!” for a fifth season, the network announced today.

A unique hybrid of mock talkshow combined with offbeat sketches, “Comedy Bang! Bang” is now in its fourth season. The fifth season, slated for next year, will contain 20 new half-hour episodes.

Since premiering in June 2012, the comedy program — hosted by Scott Aukerman — has attracted guests as varied as Jon Hamm, Anna Kendrick and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. It was spun off from the podcast of the same name, which Aukerman continues to host.

Aukerman also co-created the Internet sensation “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” with its eponymous star and B.J. Porter, which recently landed big guests such as Brad Pitt and President Barack Obama.

“Scott has created an absurd world that attracts the biggest names in pop culture,” Says IFC president Jennifer Caserta. “They show up, do insane things and oftentimes come back for more. »

- Jenelle Riley

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