Comedy Bang! Bang!

Common Sense Media says

Faux talk show has edgy content, big laughs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Comedians mock sacred cows and broach sensitive topics. Occasionally, very insensitive things are said, such as when Aukerman opines that it's okay for a black person to put on a stereotypical Asian accent. This is meant ironically, and to be humorous.

Positive role models

Aukerman and Watts mock each other, themselves, and their guests constantly. It's all part of the fun, but young kids may not get the joke.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Frequent silly mentions of sex, such as when host Aukerman tries to compliment a female guest by telling her "Your ass is a t-t."

Language

Plenty of rough language, always in jest: "You're not a prick, I don't care what everyone says," says a stagehand to Aukerman.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions of drugs, drink, and tobacco in a satirical sense. Hosts may imbibe onscreen as a part of sketches.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Comedy Bang! Bang! is a satirical talk show that intersperses mock interviews with absurdist sketches. Pretty much anything is fair game as a joke target, including sex, race, drugs, and death. There may be blood or injuries onscreen as part of comedy sketches, with graphic images. Guests or hosts may discuss cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs, and might drink onscreen. Expect rough comical language and the occasional four-letter word. Race and religion comedy might be offensive to some viewers. Though much of the humor is silly, finding it funny requires an ironic context that younger kids don't have; save this one for sophisticated teens or adults-only viewing.

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What's the story?

Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts are the hosts of COMEDY BANG! BANG!, a farcical/satirical take on the late-night talk show. Aukerman is the man in the single chair beside the double couch, where guests like Sarah Silverman and Adam Scott pop in to answer questions like "If you were to die, which member of your family would be the most sad?" and "What is your favorite shape?" In between interviews, viewers may see behind-the-scenes show drama, such as rebellions staged by the camera crew, and wacky sketches that depict, say, how Aukerman manages to cover his Spock ears on camera. At the end of the show, guests and hosts often play silly games, such as Jukebox Jury, a song-rating competition in which numbers are deemed either "mustard" or "pants," or "Would You Rather?"

Is it any good?

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Made by some of the comedy minds who brought you Mr. Show and Between Two Ferns, Comedy Bang! Bang! takes the same talk-show-mockery tack as Between Two Ferns, without the fake arguments. Comedy Bang! Bang! also has a bit of a Pee-wee's Playhouse vibe, with weird friends dropping by, talking stage props and extreme silliness.

However, on Comedy Bang! Bang! the humor tilts towards the adult, unless your child will get jokes about rating mustards and turning a sick day from work into a party at home. There are other adult topics referenced, but it's nothing that adults would be embarrassed to watch with teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why rather disturbing things, such as racist or sexist statements, or graphic and terrifying images, can be funny. What is funny anyway? One researcher nailed it down: Funny is a benign violation. Does the humor on Comedy Bang! Bang! fit that description?

  • Is there anything on Comedy Bang! Bang! that you wouldn't want your little brother or sister to see? What about your grandmother or grandfather?

  • Is the viewer supposed to like the hosts and guests on Comedy Bang! Bang! What brings you to that conclusion?

TV details

Cast:Reggie Watts, Scott Aukerman
Network:IFC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 12 years old January 30, 2015
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Hilarious at times, iffy at others

Comedy Bang!Bang! Is a spoof of talk shows, like The View. While keeping the talk show format, Comedy Bang!Bang! expertly spoofs the genre and puts another talk show into the genre. The principle of Comedy Bang! Bang! Is simple: create a faux talk show. The things that Scott,Reggie(who will be leaving the show shortly) and the guest talk about are very diverse. I have heard them talk about many things like sex and drugs, but they are normally in a humorous way. No real language or violence concerns, if there is any violence in an episode it is very comedic and the language is either bleeped or mild. Mild racial and religious jokes may often some, while sex and drugs are joked around about from time to time. For the most part, Comedy Bang!Bang! Is a pretty harmless( and funny) parody of the talk show genre.
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