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Comedian Kurt Braunohler on skywriting and terrible auditions

Comedian Kurt Braunohler doesn’t have the most famous face (if you know him, it’s from his IFC game show Bunk), but you know his voice. He has appeared on several episodes of Bob’s Burgers, and he also hosts his own podcast on the Nerdist network called The K Ohle. His new stand-up album How Do I Land? is fantastically funny, and it contains the best of Braunohler’s extra-absurd dives into everything from misdirected text messages to his epically strange run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen.

Braunohler recently stopped by EW’s SiriusXM studio to talk about the album, his podcast, and his experience riffing with his friends on Bob’s Burgers.

EW: The album is called How Do I Land?, which is based on a Kickstarter campaign.
Kurt Braunohler: We skywrote over L.A. “How do I land?” We could only afford the cheap skywriting, which is only done by one plane. By the time it finishes a letter and starts on the next letter, that first one is kind of blown away. So the album cover is a composite of all the letters coming out. I did see on Twitter the next day that a few people had been watching it, but nobody called the cops or anything. I didn’t know until I tried to do this, but if you have 10,000 dollars, you can get five planes that all fly in a row to do the stuff that stays up longer. I wanted the romantic one guy in a biplane doing a flip, but it turns out that kind of sucks. I guess there’s a reason nobody uses this archaic way to communicate any more.

There’s a great bit on How Do I Land? about getting into an argument with a perfect stranger over a text you received by mistake. Do you find yourself going down those rabbit holes because you think there might be some good material in there, or is that just your personality?
It’s a little bit of both. You end up doing those things because it’s in your personality, but as a comedian you look for anything to mine. I have to write all the time, so I really look for anything to happen to me. It just happened to me again: I got a random text out of the blue from a number I’ve never seen that just said “Who is this?” I assumed it was just a kid who was pranking me. So I went with it. I wrote back, “It’s your future self—we need to talk.” We had a whole conversation where I blew his mind. I told him not to marry Elise, and he was like, “Who’s that?” And I was like, “You haven’t met her that.” I saw “Who is this?” and was annoyed, but then I thought, “I don’t have to be annoyed with this. I can engage with this.”

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Bob Odenkirk takes on Steve Jobs in new sketch show -- VIDEO

Attention, Breaking Bad devotees: There is more to Bob Odenkirk than Saul Goodman.

As any comedy fan worth her salt knows, the multihyphenate started out as a writer at SNL before moving on to The Larry Sanders Show and, eventually, HBO’s Mr. Show — a cult hit that Odenkirk co-created with David Cross. And though Odenkirk has dabbled in plenty of funny business since Mr. Show was canceled in 1998, he hasn’t headlined another sketch show since.

Actually, strike that. This fall, Odenkirk will get back to his roots in The Birthday Boys, a new sketch series he’s also executive producing (alongside Ben Stiller). Get a sneak peek at the upcoming series in the clip below, which finds Odenkirk playing tech visionary “Barnum LaBeaux” — a Steve Jobs-ian figure famous for peddling doodads like “The Thing,” “The Portable Thing,” “The Thingamabob,” and, of course, “The Anything.” It’s pretty amusing… though “better call Barnum!” doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it.
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'Spoils of Babylon' teaser: The fake epic spoofs mini-series trailers of the past -- VIDEO

chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Kristen Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Tobey Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business.” Paging Dynasty!

A teaser trailer for the show has arrived, and it seems to take its cues from the television epics of a generation ago. Watch the trailer — as well as some commercials for a few actual mini-series from the ’70s and ’80s — below: READ FULL STORY

IFC debuts 'Maron' pilot online: 'There's no such thing as a career in comedy!' -- VIDEO

Comedian, podcaster, and very angry man Marc Maron is debuting a new scripted series for IFC which depicts “his day-to-day struggle to maintain relationships other than the ones with his podcast audience and his beloved trio of cats.” It is appropriately entitled Maron, premiering on May 3 — and its first episode (“Dead Possum,” written by veteran sitcom-er Sivert Glarum) is available online, in full, right now.

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SXSW: Comedy-nerd all-stars Fred Armisen, Marc Maron, and Scott Aukerman unite at IFC panel

IFC has made a mission of promoting up-and-coming comedians as part of the network’s growing lineup (in between the odd documentary or random indie flick from the ’90s, of course). Their poster child is Fred Armisen — along with Carrie Brownstein and their show, Portlandia — but the channel has also fostered new shows from comedians Marc Maron (whose upcoming show Maron grew out of his popular WTF podcast) and Scott Aukerman, whose Comedy Bang! Bang! show launched recently on the network. At a panel today, Armisen, Aukerman, and Maron discussed the transition from alternative comedy to television series.

Below, some highlights from the hour-long talk…
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