A new year means new comedy, and the good folks at IFC are proud to present Season Four of Comedy Bang! Bang!. Premiering Friday, January 9th at 11PM (ET/PT), the surreal and hilarious talk show returns with host Scott Aukerman and music director Reggie Watts. Coming off the big news that Watts will be the music director for The Late Late Show with James Corden, new audiences can tune into CBB to see what they have been missing. After previewing the first two episodes of the season, it seems that Aukerman, Watts, and the gang haven’t missed a beat.
One of the main strengths of Comedy Bang! Bang! is its ability to go outside the typical realm of what a talk show is supposed to be. It has a unique way of breaking the fourth wall and present things occurring while the “talk show” is taking place. It has a show within a show a la The Larry Sanders Show and even The Jack Benny Program. This is evident in the first episode of Season Four as we see The Office’s Creed Bratton reading a bedtime story to his grandson (presumably). Of course, this is no ordinary bedtime story but rather a discussion of what is exactly happening during the interview (the kid asks Bratton if he is just reading the transcript of the episode). By reading the episode, Bratton is even able to manipulate what is occurring during Aukerman’s interview. Yes, Modern Family star Ty Burrell is on the guest seat, but the video gets sped up when Bratton flips ahead through the pages. The second episode features its own backstory where Aukerman is working for the FBI to catch Watts robbing a bank. In both instances, CBB hits the mark with providing a new angle on the basic talk show format.
Another great thing about CBB is the way it parodies typical talk shows. The first episode of Season Four presents this by having Aukerman, Burrell, and second guest Fabrice Fabrice (Nick Kroll) all talk at the same time. This absurdity is seemingly acceptable until Aukerman shuts down Watts for trying to join in. He exclaims, “Reggie! We are having a conversation!” As the first guest in episode two, Maya Rudolph wonders why Aukerman knows so much information about her as he asks basic questions. By challenging the assumption that host “just knows” a guest’s backstory, CBB is able to find humor in something often overlooked. Rudolph also interrupts Aukerman’s questions to have her reaction shots filmed for editing purposes later. In each of these instances, CBB once again hilariously deconstructs the talk show through parody.
Season Four of Comdey Bang! Bang! shows no signs of slowing down by doing what it does best. Through absurdity, parody, and creativity, CBB is a breathe of fresh air in cliché-filled world of television. Reminiscent of Ernie Kovacs, the CBB gang finds new ways to utilize the half hour show format. Its roots are based in sketch and improv thus allowing it to call on veterans of the trade to guest appear. Season Four boasts appearances by Maria Bamford, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zach Galifianakis, David Allen Grier, Natasha Lyonne, Jack McBreyer, Oscar Nunez, Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz, George Wendt, Henry Winkler, and many more. Even former NFL running back Eddie George, Kid Cudi, and Tears for Fears will by stopping by to hang with the Bang!. Also keep an eye out for some laugh-out-loud sketches such as the Dick Wolf-drama parody “Dane Looker”. Season Four premieres Friday, January 9th, at 11PM (ET/PT) on IFC. For more information and updates, follow the show on Twitter: @ifctv and @scottaukerman or on the IFC website.