Giving hope to both TV shows inspired by podcasts and the nascent "surreal, deconstructed talk show" genre, IFC has renewed Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" for a second season, the network announced today.
Based on comedian and writer Aukerman's very successful podcast of the same name, the series premiered in June of last year and is hosted by Aukerman, with Reggie Watts serving as his one-man band leader and a variety of guests, including Zach Galifianakis, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Will Forte and Michael Cera, appearing either as characters or as themselves.
IFC hasn't just given the show a renewal, it's doubled the order from the original first season — the second season will consist of two 10-episode arcs, with the first 10 scheduled to debut in the third quarter of 2013 and the remaining 10 set for the fourth. Production on the new season's currently underway in Los Angeles.
"'Comedy Bang! Bang!' perfectly embodies the type of sharp, smart comedy space IFC inhabits,” said IFC's SVP of programming Debbie DeMontreux. "Scott and Reggie are comedic geniuses and we couldn’t be happier that their television home is on IFC. The A-list roster of guest stars the show brought to IFC in season one, coupled with the popularity of the series amongst comedy fans makes it a great addition to our ‘slightly off’ line-up."
IFC did not choose to renew Kurt Braunohler's mock game show "Bunk," which premiered alongside "Comedy Bang! Bang!" last summer. The network has another podcast-turned-TV series in the works — a scripted series loosely based on the popular "WTF with Marc Maron."
Here's a look at Aukerman and guest Amy Poehler have an engineered "topical" conversation in episode two of the first season: