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The laughs are real on fake talk show 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'
The laughs are real on fake talk show 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

Thursday brings the third-season return, on IFC, of Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" An often surreal and free-associating sketch show in the guise of a talk show, it is also a talk show within a sketch show — the one shading into the other in such a way that, where the two intersect, it is sometimes hard to tell what's written and what's made up on the spot, and what is real and what is not. It is not without antecedents. Indeed, the talk show being a pillar of broadcasting lo these many decades, it would be strange if it weren't. It has precedents, if not actual roots, in the work of Bob & Ray; "The Steve Allen Show" with its mix of real...

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