“Documentary Now!” creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are joining forces with VICE and SundanceNow Doc club in anticipation of the IFC comedy series’ premiere on August 20. Thanks to a unique partnership, IFC will pre-premiere an episode of the series on VICE.com beginning today, 10 days prior to the series premiere on IFC.
“Documentary Now!” parodies some of the world’s best-known documentaries. Starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking, from Errol Morris to Werner Herzog, and honors some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen. VICE and IFC will be premiering the second episode of the season, “Dronez: The Hunt for El Chingon,” which riffs on VICE’s HBO series and stars Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired host and Armisen and Hader as journalists roaming the Mexican countryside focused on finding the country’s most feared drug lord.
“It’s pretty rare when the inspiration for a laugh-out-loud satire not only gets the joke, but actually helps you share it,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president. “We could not be more excited for this show to premiere or more thankful to VICE and a wide range of distribution partners for helping to make this sneak peak episode of ‘Documentary Now!’ so broadly available on so many platforms.”
In addition to Black, the show will feature appearances by John Slattery, Irving Azoff, Aidy Bryant, Mike O’Brien, Paula Pell and Tim Robinson. Dame Helen Mirren serves as host of the series.
SundanceNow Doc Club has also announced a curated documentary library called “Armisen, Meyers & Hader Favorites.” The collection is available to stream now, only at DocClub.com, and features some of the creators’ personal favorites in the genre, including “The Queen of Versailles,” “Bill Cunningham New York,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and “The Thin Blue Line.”
“Documentary Now!” premieres August 20 at 10pm on IFC.