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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scott Aukerman and IFC Bring Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! to S.F.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

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Following last month's successful premiere of IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang!, the show's host, comedian Scott Aukerman, is taking his unique brand of comic absurdity on the road this summer in Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE!, stopping in San Francisco August 3. The show will feature a mix of live stand-up, character cameos, and improv games, along with sneak peek clips from the series.

Parts of each show on the 10-city tour will also be taped for the popular Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. Joining Aukerman will be a rotating cast of CBB regulars, including comedians James Adomian, Tim Heidecker, and Paul F. Tompkins, as well as special guests along the way. The tour began with a "test" performance at Comic-Con in San Diego last week.

"I'm basically trying to do every facet of the Comedy Bang! Bang! experience," Aukerman told SF Weekly in a phone interview. "We have the live show at UCB [a theater in Los Angeles], the TV show, and podcast. We're trying to bring those all together."

The live show will feature more prepared material than the TV show, which airs Friday nights at 10 on IFC. "The last half is a totally improvised podcast recording," said Aukerman, which will be released the night of each show.

Kurt Braunohler, the star of IFC's improv comedy series Bunk, will be joining Aukerman as the opening act in San Francisco.

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Like so many L.A. comics, Aukerman is excited for an excuse to head north to the alluring City by the Bay. "I just like eating at the House of Nanking," he explained. "I just crave it! I guess I could just buy a plane ticket [to come eat at the restaurant] -- but that seems like something some asshole would do."

"If I had any kind of guts at all," Aukerman promised, "I would move up there -- but there's that siren call of Hollywood."

And Hollywood seems to like the comic, too. Comedy Bang! Bang! features some of the biggest names in comedy, like Zach Galifianakis, The Office's Ed Helms, Parks & Rec star Amy Poehler, and 30 Rock's Elizabeth Banks, who will appear on the episode that airs this Friday, July 27. Guests sit down with Aukerman on CBB's couch to discuss everything from their hair and recent vacations to their love of mime and their ability to make animal noises.

We asked if there were any surprises we could expect from the live show.

"When people enter the show, immediately someone is going to jump out and startle them," Aukerman jested. "[We want people] constantly surprised to the point that people are going to be frightened [to death]. Come on out and see me if you wanna be dead."

So, yes, maybe, probably, or not. Go see it for yourself to find out. Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE! comes to the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), S.F. August 3 at 8 p.m. Grab your tickets here.

Scott Aukerman also wants readers to know that he's lonely -- the road will do that to a guy -- and he has one simple request:

"Sext me!"

His personal cell phone number is ... not available from his publicist.

Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.

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