Scott Aukerman
American actor and comedian
Scott Aukerman
Scott David Aukerman is an American writer, actor, comedian, television personality, director, producer, and podcast host. In the mid-1990s, Aukerman was a writer and performer on Mr. Show with Bob and David. He currently hosts the weekly comedy podcast Comedy Bang Bang. Aukerman is also the co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis & co-founder of the Earwolf podcast network.
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Here’s Why Zach Galifianakis Won't Have Trump On 'Between Two Ferns'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Almost 10 million people have watched Zach Galifianakis interview Hillary Clinton for “Between Two Ferns,” but the comedian has no time for Donald Trump.  Galifianakis spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his viral interview with the Democratic presidential hopeful, which hit on everything from sexism to pantsuits to her losing Scott Baio’s vote. While the Trump campaign might be interested in jumping on the bandwagon, Galifianakis is not interested. Mainly because of Trump’s “psychosis.”  “No. That doesn’t interest me. Doing it the other way doesn’t interest me,” he said. “He’s the kind of guy who likes attention — bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird. I wouldn’t have somebody on that’s so mentally challenged. I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. And you can print that.” Zach Galifianakis on why he won't feature Donald Trump on "Between Two Ferns." — BuzzFee ...
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It Was Hillary Clinton's Idea To Take The Plunge And Go On 'Between Two Ferns'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Hillary Clinton personally pushed to make an appearance on “Between Two Ferns,” according to the director of the web series. In an interview with The Daily Beast, director Scott Aukerman said Clinton wanted to participate because she had enjoyed an episode in which President Barack Obama was a guest. Obama appeared on the show to promote, and many people did in fact flock to the site after the episode aired. “The Clinton camp reached out to us and said that there was interest and what we found out later that it was actually her idea,” Ackerman said. “A lot of times with ‘Between Two Ferns’ if it’s someone in entertainment, their publicist will reach out. Or in the case of Obama, the White House reached out, and you never quite know if the person knows that their people are reaching out about it. But in this case, Mrs. Clinton is the one who reached out about doing it, as she was a big fan of the Obama one.” Ackerman also revealed that Clinton e ...
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Hillary Clinton's Appearance on Between Two Ferns Wasn't Brave - The Atlantic
Google News - 5 months
The Atlantic Hillary Clinton's Appearance on Between Two Ferns Wasn't Brave The Atlantic Hillary Clinton won rave reviews for her interview with comedian Zach Galifianakis on the satirical talk show Between Two Ferns. The Verge called the interview “bold.” The Wall Street Journal said Clinton took a “comedy risk.” Scott Aukerman, one of ... What Kid Rock likes about Hillary ClintonCNN Hillary Clinton: Dead-On Comic, Dull PoliticianThe New Yorker It's hip to be square: Hillary Clinton isn't cool — and she shouldn't have to beSalon Vulture -Fox News -A.V. Club -Adweek all 340 news articles »
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This Honest Performance Of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is Uncomfortable
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Casey Wilson and Scott Aukerman take the actual lyrics of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and act out what might be the most disturbing performance of this notoriously creepy song. Thank you, Funny or Die, for giving us all the reverse feels.     Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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From news to comedy, there's something for everyone in our top 100 podcasts
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Podcasts are awesome. You can stream or download them and listen to them at home or on your way to work. Plus, they cover just about every topic you can think of. The only thing not to love? There are so many to pick from. So let us help with the decision-making process so you can spend less time fumbling through the bad and more time listening to the good. Update on 12-14-2015 by Rachel Grozanick: Added a business category and a total of 28 new podcasts, including Reply All, Limetown, Codebreaker, and others. Related:  How listen to podcasts on Android and iOS Podcasts Categories: News Comedy Music For Your Brain Stories Sports Technology Art & Culture Business Podcasts Categories: News Comedy Music For Your Brain Stories Sports Technology Art & Culture Business News PRI’s The World The World is PRI’s daily news show that reports news, as the name might suggest, from around the world. What makes it a standout is how the reports connects listeners to topics and people from arou ...
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One of my favorite podcast hosts died, and it feels like I lost a friend
Yahoo News - about 2 years
I knew Wittels from his guest appearances on Comedy Bang Bang, the surreal interview podcast by Scott Aukerman that's doubled as an incubator for young comedians and improvists for the past half decade. Wittels had a recurring bit  called "Harris' Phone Corner" where he'd perform the worst jokes he had tapped into his phone, the leftovers unworthy of Twitter or stand-up routines. The podcast is an intimate medium, more so than we give it credit for. Listening to shows like Comedy Bang Bang is akin to hanging with a group of friends who want nothing more than to brighten your day.
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Video: Bob Odenkirk, Ben Stiller bring L.A. sketch group Birthday Boys to IFC
LATimes - over 3 years
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross gave voice to several alternative comics from the Los Angeles performing scene on their “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” which ran on HBO for three years in the mid-'90s. Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brian Posehn and Scott Aukerman all appeared on or wrote for the show. Now Odenkirk, together with Ben Stiller, is boosting the profile of another L.A. comedy staple, the Birthday Boys, a sketch group that started up in 2007 and regularly played live at L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Odenkirk and Stiller are executive producing a new series, "The Birthday Boys," which premieres on IFC on Friday. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage We hear that Stiller will guest star on one episode; Odenkirk plans to appear more regularly with the sketch group, which is made up of Dave Ferguson, Jefferson Dutton, Tim Kalpakis, Mike Hanford, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen. If the TV version is at all like the Birthday B ...
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RiYL podcast 013: Scott Aukerman
Boing Boing - over 3 years
An interview with Scott Aukerman, producer of Between Two Ferns and host of the comedy podcast Comedy Bang Bang. Your browser does not support the audio tag. RiYL: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode | Listen on Stitcher Interested in sponsoring one of Boing Boing's podcasts? Visit Podlexing!     
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Do You Need a New Boss?
Fox Business News - over 3 years
And some advice, silly chicken: when opportunity knocks, don't panic. Here are the latest LOL-inducing, insightful and character-limited words of wisdom that helped me run my business this week. Out of 150 countries, it takes Americans the least time to work for a beer - just 5 minutes. — Facts (@TheFactsBook) August 22, 2013 "If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider." - Jules Renard — Great Minds Quotes (@GreatestQuotes) August 22, 2013 If you know a #SMB making a difference, nominate them for the Small Business Influencer awards. Until Sept 9th — Pierre DeBois (@ZimanaAnalytics) August 22, 2013 Could $10k help u w/ ur creative startup? Nominate urself for chance to win $10k-a trip to NY & a feat on my website — Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) August 22, 2013 Delta Gives Windows Phones To 19,000 Flight Attendants, Brings N ...
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A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day
NPR - over 3 years
Glen Weldon talks to Comedy Bang Bang's Scott Aukerman, contemplates the rise of geek culture, and gets a Batmobile. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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TV Picks: 'Comedy Bang! Bang!,' 'Newsroom,' 'Only the Young'
LATimes - over 3 years
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" (IFC, Friday). Scott Aukerman's funny, not entirely faux talk show, developed from a podcast of the same name -- but with roots also in "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," the studiously awkward Web series he has produced and directed -- returns to Comedy Central for a second season. (At 20 episodes, its twice the length of the first). Tonally, it is a kids' show for adults, a kind of mix of "Fernwood 2Night," "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" and "Pee Wee's Playhouse," with the earnest, unfocused flavor of public access cable (carefully re-created). Some parts are unscripted -- including actual "informative" conversation and the common creation of a false reality -- and others are elaborately staged. (Running through the new season's second episode is a "Fantastic Voyage" parody in which a miniaturized medical team, led by Christopher Meloni, enters Aukerman's body to cure his cold; a segment in the first finds hairy one-man bandleader and comic foil Reggie Wat ...
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New 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Comedy Bang Bang!" starring Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts returns to IFC on July 12. The new season is slated to have a ridiculously long list of guest stars doing wacky stuff. Check out a sneak peak in the clip above.
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LOOK: Tommy Lee Jones Is Not Impressed
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Tommy Lee Jones is not impressed. Jones looked decidedly grumpy while "Saturday Night Live" veterans Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig did a bit before presenting the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. The crowd erupted in laughter as Ferrell and Wiig attempted to describe the films starring each of the five nominees, but it soon became clear neither had watched any. They messed up plots and names, saying "Mariol Streep" must've played a great "Sassy Sheriff" in "Hope Springs." But when the camera panned onto the "Lincoln" star during the hilarious skit, it was clear Jones wasn't amused. Tommy Lee Jones laughing uproariously at Wiig and Ferrell.I'm told this is also his sex face. — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 14, 2013 Congrats to Tommy Lee Jones for his brave fight against humor! — Scott Aukerman (@ScottAukerman) January 14, 2013 I knew Tommy Lee Jones reminded me of someone! #goldenglobes ...
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Jeff Ullrich: Six Podcasting Predictions for 2013
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Podcasting has officially grown up. Many believed that unscripted comedians and niche bits recorded and put out on the Internet wouldn't provide its own culture online, but it has. While 2010 and 2011 provided a resurgence in content (one that began in the mid-2000s), 2012 brought more of everything -- more shows, guests, listeners, networks, sponsors, YouTube channels, festivals, live podcasts, apps, platforms,and media coverage. What's the secret to podcasting's success? It's fun, with an air of spontaneity. It's intimate. It's engaging. Most importantly, it's driven by passion. Our industry's biggest luminaries -- my business partner Scott Aukerman, Paul Scheer, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Jesse Thorn, Kevin Smith and Adam Carolla -- have created TV shows, appeared in films and continue to perform live shows. But no matter how busy they get, they still do their podcasts every week. Sometimes more than once a week. Because they love it, and so do their listeners. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Scott Aukerman
  • 2015
    Age 44
    In a 2015 interview Aukerman said "I'm still doing that same show, just with celebrities instead of my high school cafeteria."
    More Details Hide Details He started a short-lived band, The Naked Postmen, with Adrian Young, who went on to be the drummer for No Doubt. While attending Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, he and fellow student B. J. Porter began writing together when they were both scripting and performing in a radio show called Lutz Radio. After a brief period studying at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and touring the country as a musical theater actor, in 1995, at the request of their friends, Aukerman and Porter started performing at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles under the moniker "The Fun Bunch", a name meant to parody improvisation groups at the time.
  • 2014
    Age 43
    In 2014, Aukerman started a limited-run podcast with actor Adam Scott entitled U Talkin' U2 To Me?, which is ostensibly devoted to the career and discography of the band U2.
    More Details Hide Details Most episodes involve the co-hosts engaging in running gags and comedy bits only marginally related to the band. Aukerman is married to Kulap Vilaysack. The couple had a dog named Rocky. Rocky passed away in September 2016. Studio Compilation Other Background Vocals
    Aukerman directed and produced this episode, which won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
    More Details Hide Details Each episode has been viewed millions of times, and the President Barack Obama, Justin Bieber, and Natalie Portman episodes have become three of Funny Or Die's most popular videos ever. In 2010, based upon the success of his podcast, Aukerman, along with Jeff Ullrich, started the Earwolf network, eventually producing and releasing several podcasts. In 2011, they announced a partnership with Funny Or Die. In 2014, they launched a sister network Wolfpop, under the curation of comedian Paul Scheer.
    In March 2014, an episode was released with President Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details It was designed to bring attention to the Affordable Care Act. Galifianakis engaged in his regular insult comedy style of interviewing, which the President reciprocated throughout the interview. Within 24 hours, the video of this interview had amassed upwards of 14 million views.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    In May 2011, Aukerman renamed the show Comedy Bang!
    More Details Hide Details Bang! On December 4, 2013, The A.V. Club named Comedy Bang! Bang! the best podcast of 2013. On June 8, 2012 IFC premiered the television series Comedy Bang! Bang! One sketch from Aukerman and Porter's sketch show "The Right Now! Show", Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, was put up on internet site Funny Or Die and received several hundreds of thousands of hits in just a few days. This was followed by Ferns interviews with talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Conan O'Brien, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, "Oscar Buzz Edition" (featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Sally Field and Bradley Cooper), a collaboration video with The Lonely Island and James Franco, and a "Happy Holidays Edition" featuring Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire and Arcade Fire. Aukerman directed the Theron, O'Brien, Penn, Willis, Ferrell, "Oscar Buzz," Bieber, Franco & "Happy Holidays Edition" episodes.
    In 2011, Aukerman and Porter parted ways, and Comedy Death-Ray was renamed Comedy Bang!
    More Details Hide Details Bang! Being a frequent guest on and admirer of the award-winning podcast Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo led Aukerman to the decision that he should start his own comedy podcast. On May 1, 2009, Aukerman started to host Comedy Death-Ray Radio, a comedy-themed broadcast based upon the live show, on Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1. The show continued to air on Fridays at 12 noon Pacific, but moved to being distributed by the Earwolf podcasting network in 2010. The podcast of each show is available weekly on iTunes and the Earwolf website, and has been downloaded several million times. Aukerman hosts, with frequent guest collaborators Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, Neil Campbell, Mike Hanford, James Adomian, Nick Kroll, Andy Daly, and the late Harris Wittels among others, serving as guests and characters. Entertainment Weekly called the show "often strange, consistently hilarious, always unpredictable," and The AV Club named it one of 2010's "Best Podcasts."
    Starting January 3, 2011, Aukerman became the host of a series of interview interstitials, titled Comedy Death-Ray, airing three nights a week on the IFC network, where he interviews stars and creators of shows that the network runs, including The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show, Freaks & Geeks, Undeclared, and Arrested Development.
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  • 2010
    Age 39
    In 2010 Aukerman wrote a feature script for friend Zach Galifianakis for Fox, and he and Patton Oswalt co-wrote a television pilot for Fox, which the network ultimately passed on.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Aukerman joined a "writers lab", writing film scripts for Imagine Entertainment. In 2002, Aukerman and Porter started the hugely successful alternative comedy showcase Comedy Death-Ray, which ran every Tuesday night at the M Bar in Los Angeles. Porter had friends in common with M Bar owner Joe Reynolds, and visited the bar a few times shortly after its opening. Upon seeing how empty M Bar was night after night, Porter convinced Reynolds to let him start a comedy show to help drum up business. The show eventually moved to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2005 in an attempt to gain more creative freedom. A Comedy Death-Ray CD taped partially in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest and partially at their fourth-anniversary, all-night show in LA was released on Comedy Central Records on September 11, 2007. The CD featured Aukerman, comedians David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, and other CDR regulars.
  • 2009
    Age 38
    That year, Aukerman took on the role as host Andy Samberg's head writer for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and executive produced and co-wrote a pilot for Comedy Central, The New Andy Dick Show.
    More Details Hide Details The network ultimately passed on ordering it to series.
    In 2009, Aukerman and Porter wrote a pilot script for NBC, Privates.
    More Details Hide Details The network ultimately passed on the show.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    Also in 2007, Aukerman released a self-described "joke record", Scott Aukerman's Koo Koo Roo's Greatest Hits, which featured Aukerman and Sarah Silverman Program writer Jon Schroeder shouting over current soft-rock hits.
    More Details Hide Details This was put out in limited release on AST Records.
    In 2007, a script he wrote with B. J. Porter and Bob Odenkirk (Kanan Rhodes: Unkillable Servant of Justice) was purchased by MTV Films with the intent of starring Rainn Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details It currently remains unproduced.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    In 2004, he and Porter received an "Additional Dialogue" credit on DreamWorks Animation's animated feature Shark Tale.
    More Details Hide Details They went on to write an unproduced script for the sequel, as well as an unproduced Shrek spin-off film for the character Puss In Boots.
  • 1999
    Age 28
    Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk was in the audience for the second performance, and soon tapped the duo to write and occasionally perform on the HBO series in its fourth season. This led to an Emmy nomination in 1999 for Aukerman and the rest of the staff.
    More Details Hide Details Aukerman appeared sporadically on the show, most notably as the model Theo Brixton in the Taint Magazine sketch. After the demise of the sketch comedy series, Aukerman, along with Porter, segued into writing film and television scripts, most notably Run Ronnie Run, the Mr. Show movie from New Line Cinema, and the first draft of the Tenacious D movie.
  • 1970
    Born on July 2, 1970.
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