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February 8, 2013 10:40 AM
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IFC Renews Scott Aukerman's Podcast Turned Surreal Talk Show 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

Scott Aukerman and Jon Hamm on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Chris Ragazzo/IFC
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.

READ MORE: Scott Aukerman Brings Celebrity Guests and a 'Bizarro Version' of Himself to Podcast-Turned-TV Show 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

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:

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  • BestComedyShows.net | February 10, 2013 9:52 PMReply

    It's nice to a see a show/podcast that actually performs comedy instead of just talking about performing comedy. Best Comedy Shows

  • ICMexican | February 8, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    CBB TV is the Space Ghost Coast to Coast of today. And that's a very good thing.

  • omp | February 8, 2013 11:57 AMReply

    I knew CBB was too good to get passed up for a second season. Too bad about bunk. It was a good premise but the guests were never consistent enough to carry the show.

  • smawj | February 8, 2013 11:21 AMReply

    awesome news, makes up for cancelling bunk i suppose, that was a great show

  • Adam | February 8, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    Couldn't have said it any better than IFC's SVP of programming Debbie DeMontreux. Aukerman leverages humor play in the comedy space.