Community Top Ten Percent*

Community Top Ten Percent*

Hey, everyone! Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One). Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.” In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists. I’ll provide an introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies. If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me. Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).

Community has slowly solidified itself as one of the best sitcoms of the past 20 years. The final brick in the show’s pedestal being its current resurgence on Netflix, Community has fought and clawed its way to the top—running the gamut from popular prime time network sitcom to cult classic to “saved by Yahoo” to, now, beloved found-family heartfelt comedy gold enjoyed by multiple generations.

Jeff Winger—once successful lawyer in his 30s who was outed as having a less-than-legitimate law degree—finds himself in need of a college degree from Greendale Community College. He somewhat unwittingly ends up the “leader” of a hodgepodge Spanish 101 study group that consists of a super caring if not super intelligent bleeding heart activist (Britta Perry), a most likely on-the-spectrum human library of pop culture knowledge (Abed Nadir), a lovable dummy whose football dreams were dashed by a high school injury (Troy Barnes), a selfish and racist baby boomer in dire need of human connection (Pierce Hawthorne), a divorced Christian mother of two earning a business degree to reclaim her life (Shirley Bennett), and a classic “good kid” whose obsession with grades and success led her down a less-than-ideal path (Annie Edison). Together they experience misadventure after misadventure, sometimes due to their own dysfunction and sometimes due to the off-the-wall students, teachers, and dean that make up Greendale Community College.

Community is hilarious, yes, but so are The Office, Parks and Recreation, and several other perennial sitcoms that aired by its side. Community stands out from its contemporaries because of the meaningful relationships between each of the characters as well as the group dynamic. Each character not only has well-established characterization, but they each have unique relationships with every other character in the study group. The show capitalizes on this strength by often grouping the characters into 2s or 3s so the audience can experience these different relationships. This practice is effective and sometimes very moving. No other ensemble-cast sitcom has ever put tears into my eyes multiple times just from interactions between characters.

You may have noticed the asterisk by the title of this post. I guess it’s time to explain myself. While Community is brilliant and would easily be included on any list of my favorite TV shows, some behind-the-scenes executive decisions really affect the quality of the back half of the show. Showrunner Dan Harmon was removed from his position after the conclusion of Season 3. At that point, several other important writers and producers subsequently left the show as well. He was later reinstated for Seasons 5 and 6 and many of those who left with him returned, but by that point the damage had been done and the quality of the show took a hit it would never recover from. Not to say that Seasons 4-6 of Community have no merit. There are many hilarious episodes, new characters, and some really nice character moments, but it was almost like the show’s heart was removed after season 3 and replaced with the best copy they could find (wow, kind of a disgusting metaphor). Dan Harmon summed it up well himself in a meta quote at the end of the last episode of the show:

Lines between perception, desire, and reality may become blurred, redundant, or interchangeable. Characters may hook up with no regard for your emotional investment. Some episodes too conceptual to be funny, some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren’t funny. Consistency between seasons may vary.

All of that to say, my Top 10 Percent for Community comes ONLY from seasons 1-3: the original Dan Harmon years. There are 71 episodes in seasons 1-3 of Community which means ten percent is 7 episodes. I added an additional 3 honorable mentions to round out to a nice Top Ten. Without further ado, the Top Ten Percent of Community (seasons 1-3).

Honorable Mentions

  1. Season 3, Episode 20: Digital Estate Planning

Pierce’s late father has created an 8-player video game that Pierce must win in order to receive his inheritance. The study group fills 7 of the slots, but the 8th slot is filled by Gilbert Lawson—an apparent rival heir to the Hawthorne fortune. Community is a show that breaks format so well. This episode is a great example of format-breaking as most of this episode is animated in classic 8-bit video game style.

  1. Season 2, Episode 21: Paradigms of Human Memory

Community’s “clip show” episode. This episode is created in clip show format, but with mostly original clips of the group’s “adventures” that we, the audience, have never seen before. However, there are just enough real clips and memories to make us, the audience, feel like we are going insane and that we accidentally skipped like 8 episodes of the show.

  1. Season 2, Episode 8: Cooperative Calligraphy

In the show’s “bottle episode,” the study group is forced to stay in the study room until Annie’s lost pen is found despite the adorable puppy parade happening outside on the quad.


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  1. Season 1, Episode 23: Modern Warfare

The entire campus of Greendale Community College is engulfed in a paintball battle. The winner takes home priority registration for the fall semester.

  1. Season 3, Episode 4: Remedial Chaos Theory

Troy and Abed throw a house party to show off their new apartment to the study group. When the pizza arrives, the group can’t decide who should go downstairs and get the pizza, so Jeff rolls a dice to decide and inadvertently creates 6 different timelines. This episode also includes this lovely Abed quote: “Chaos already dominates enough of our lives. The universe is an endless raging sea of randomness. Our job isn’t to fight it, but to weather it together on the raft of life. A raft held together by those few rare, beautiful things that we know to be predictable: us.”

  1. Season 1, Episode 17: Physical Education

Jeff enrolls in a billiards class but is discouraged to find that he is required to wear a P.E. uniform that includes very short shorts. Meanwhile, the rest of the study group attempts to set up Abed with a girl who drew a picture of him in a textbook.

  1. Season 3, Episode 10: Regional Holiday Music

Greendale’s Glee Club suffers from a collective nervous breakdown and Abed helps Cory Radison (“Mr. Rad” played by Taran Killam) recruit the study group to act as the replacement Glee Club for the Christmas pageant. This spot-on Glee spoof might be THE best parody of ANYTHING I have ever seen, not to mention all the original songs written for and performed throughout the episode. And Taran Killam is an absolute delight. His facial acting in this role is unbelievable.

  1. Season 2, Episode 5: Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples

Shirley asks Abed to help her make a viral “Jesus rap” video, but Abed ends up taking the film in a more meta direction. Meanwhile, Pierce gets in with a rowdy group of seniors. Two personal notes: 1. As a Christian, this episode might be the funniest and most accurate comedic portrayal of Jesus that I have ever seen and 2. The end of this episode makes me cry. Every. Single. Time.

  1. Season 2, Episode 9: Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design

In what is possibly the most “classic” episode of Community, Jeff’s Conspiracy Theories independent study (taught by my personal favorite occasionally recurring character, Theater Professor Sean Garrity) turns out to be more than he bargained for as he and Annie uncover some of Greendale’s secrets. Troy and Abed build a blanket fort in their room that quickly spreads throughout the dorm and turns into a bustling blanket city called Fluffytown with its own laws, districts, and cultural events.

  1. Season 2, Episode 11: Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas

For some reason, Abed is seeing the world as a Rankin/Bass style claymation Christmas special. When Abed damages parked cars during his opening Christmas song, the study group brings him to a group therapy session with Professor Duncan where they use “Christmasnosis” to come with Abed and walk with Abed and see what they can find. They accompany Abed on a journey with Abed through the wonderland of his mind on Planet Abed: the most Christmasy planet in the universe with an atmosphere of 7% cinnamon. I cry AT LEAST twice every time I watch this episode. It is a beautiful representation of friendship, Christmas, and helping someone work trough their problems, even if you don’t fully understand what is going on with them.


Thank you for reading! You can also check out my other Top Ten Percent rankings here!

Comedy Bang! Bang!

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls Top Ten Percent

Hey, everyone! Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One). Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.” In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists. I’ll provide an introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies. If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me. Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).

At the end of last summer, I got really sick and was basically an unwilling couch potato for three weeks. Thankfully, my wife and I had just gotten YouTube TV, so I at least had the novelty of a “new” entertainment service to occupy my time. I was scrolling through the channels one day when I saw that Disney XD was playing episodes of the DuckTales reboot (which is truly delightful). After DuckTales, I was hit with…

Needless to say, I was intrigued. I spent the next 30 minutes being completely swept off my feet with the characters, comedy, and tone of the show. It was clever, goofy, and heartfelt with a touch of the supernatural. I texted my wife to ask if she had ever heard of this show Gravity Falls? She had not, and I said I wouldn’t watch any more of it without her because she would really like it.

Somehow, neither of us knew a single thing about this amazing show, so we were able to experience it years after its finale without knowing any of the plot–which, if you have seen the show, you know know is a gift. We laughed our way hysterically through season one. A few weird things happened in the background or toward the end of an episode now and then, and we couldn’t 100% tell what was going on with this Grunkle Stan guy. But animated shows and movies are often a little weird and filled with inside jokes and Easter eggs from the creators, so we just chalked it up to that. Little did we know that we were in for some of the most well-crafted and meaningful storytelling we had ever experienced. After we watched the finale, we almost immediately went back to the beginning and watched the entire show again. We were even more taken by the genius, creativity, and emotion of the show. Since then we have continued to watch and watch this beautiful show. We still laugh hard, we still tear up, and we still shake our heads wondering how we didn’t see the clues along the way.

If you have never seen the show, I am attempting to write this post spoiler-free, so that you, like me, can experience the show as it was intended to be experienced. If the episode descriptions below seem vague, know that I am only being ambiguous because I care! I know it probably sounds hyperbolic to call a 2 season animated Disney kids show “exceptionally beautiful,” but I promise you, the show lives up to an awful lot of positive adjectives.

Gravity Falls is a small town in the forests of Oregon that is nearly constantly bombarded by the supernatural–although if you asked one of the many charismatic townspeople about it, they may tell you they have never noticed. Dipper and Mabel Pines are 12 year old twins (technically not teens) from Piedmont who have come to Gravity Falls to spend the summer with their Great Uncle Stan (Grunkle Stan) who runs a tourist trap “museum” of sorts called The Mystery Shack. Dipper is an academic rule-follower who tends on the side of neurotic. Mabel is a joyous free spirit who tends on the side of hopelessly romantic. The three Pines, along with Mystery Shack employees Soos (clueless but lovable handyman) and Wendy (the coolest teen lumberjack you’ll ever meet), spend their summer solving the mysteries of Gravity Falls.

The Top Ten Percent of Gravity Falls is only 4 episodes. I thought fewer episodes would make choosing the best ones easier, but it is incredibly difficult to narrow 40 excellent episodes down to 4. I included 1 honorable mention to round it out to a nice Top 5. I didn’t have much of a method to choosing these episodes. I re-watched the show, then just basically went with my gut. Without further ado, on to the Top Ten Percent of Gravity Falls.

Honorable Mention

5. Season 2, Episode 19: Weirdmageddon Part 2: Escape from Reality

Mabel is forced to choose between fantasy and reality. This episode, maybe better than any other, captures the bond between Dipper and Mabel. Also, it’s always good to have Craz and Xyler around.


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4. Season 2, Episode 8: Blendin’s Game

Dipper and Mabel try to give Soos the best birthday he has ever had, but end up competing in Globnar–futuristic gladiatorial time combat–against their apparent archenemy Blendin Blandin. This is one of my favorite episodes not only because it is hilarious, but also because it highlights how meaningful the twins’ friendship with Soos has become over the course of the summer.

3. Season 1, Episode 16: Carpet Diem

In what could be the funniest episode of Gravity Falls, Dipper and Mabel compete to move into a secret room Soos discovered inside the Mystery Shack. This is another episode that shows how much Dipper and Mabel mean to each other.

2. Season 2, Episode 7: Society of the Blind Eye

The Mystery Shack crew goes on an adventure with the town’s crazy old man, Fiddleford McGucket, in an attempt to figure out the answer to an important mystery. This episode highlights the strengths of nearly every aspect of Gravity Falls.

1. Season 1, Episode 7: Double Dipper

Grunkle Stan throws a free(?) party for kids and teenagers. Dipper clones himself using a magic photocopier to help himself execute the perfect plan to ask Wendy to dance. Mabel meets Grenda and Candy for the first time and competes against Pacifica Northwest for the party crown. Soos puts his amateur DJ skills on display.

This is my favorite episode of Gravity Falls for so many reasons, but one of those reasons is that every character is so well-represented in their own element. Dipper’s heartfelt over-planning, Mabel’s kindness and fun spirit, Grunkle Stan’s scheming in a way that also brings people joy, Wendy’s general coolness, and Soos’ general un-coolness all shine through. And we get introduced to three hilarious and important characters: Pacifica, Grenda, and Candy. This episode may also have the show’s best supernatural element in the magic photocopier–fully embracing and fully subverting all cloning tropes in one 22 minute episode.

Since this is my favorite, I think it deserves… THREE CLIPS!


Thank you for reading! You can also check out my other Top Ten Percent rankings here!

Comedy Bang! Bang!

Comedy Bang! Bang! Top Ten Percent

Hey, everyone!  Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One).  Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.”  In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists.  I’ll provide a brief introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies.  If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me.  Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).

Comedy Bang! Bang! is my all-time favorite TV Show. Maybe it’s just me, but for me Comedy Bang! Bang! is so unique, charming, and hilarious that it has re-defined my personal definition of “funny,” for me. Many movies and shows that I used to watch year after year don’t make me laugh in the same way now that I have experienced Comedy Bang! Bang! The show also introduced me to so many talented comedians I had never heard of before, and the overall camaraderie of the cast members and writers and their obvious joy stemming from creative freedom make the show an absolute pleasure to watch time and time again.

So, what is Comedy Bang! Bang!? Comedy Bang! Bang! is a (more or less) fake talk show usually comprised of one actual celebrity guest and one guest that is a character played by a comedian—ranging from satirical impersonations (or combinations) of other actual celebrities to original characters that really have no business sitting on a couch next to the likes of James Marsden or Brie Larson. The show is partially scripted and partially improvised and includes sketches filmed both on set and on location. The sketches are sometimes viewed by the members of the show as “clips” and sometimes they are seamlessly incorporated into the flow of the episode. Many episodes, especially in the back half of the show, have some sort of plot or running thread that ties the episode together even if there is not a full-blown story. Comedy Bang! Bang! is not the most widely known TV show since it aired on Friday nights on IFC, but it was profitable enough to the network to run for 110 episodes across 5 seasons.

The show is hosted by Scott Aukerman—creator of the podcast of the same name and other hilarious projects including Between Two Ferns and Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special. In true talk show fashion, the show also has a bandleader, but said bandleader is always a one-man band. Omedy Ban! Ban! had four bandleaders: Reggie Watts (69 episodes), Kid CuDi (20 episodes), “Weird Al” Yankovic (20 episodes), and Jenny Lewis (1 episode). The bandleader does a lot more than just make the music as they are usually involved in the conversations with the guests and are often important parts of the sketches and plots.

My wife and I found the show scrolling through Netflix one lazy Saturday in 2013. We saw this thumbnail for the show and had to give it a try.

We spent the next 4 hours in tears from laughing as we watched the entirety of season 1. Since then, we have watched all 110 episodes at least half-a-dozen times (probably 10-15 views for some of our favorite episodes). We still haven’t gotten tired of it, and we still find new gestures, reactions, and shots of someone stifling laughter in the background each time we watch.

I love ranking things, and I have wanted to do a “Top Ten Percent” blog for years, so I thought Comedy Bang! Bang! would be a great place to start! 10% of Comedy Bang! Bang! is 11 episodes. I compiled a Top 11 and 4 honorable mentions to round it out to a nice 15 episodes. Allow me to explain my method. To me, the couch interviews are the heart of the show, so I started there, with a list of over 40 (so, 41) episodes that I felt had really strong interviews and hilarious second guests. After that, I narrowed it down to a Top 15 by comparing the sketches, bits, and plot devices of those episodes, then ranked them!

I have but two regrets about how my list came out. First, I didn’t end up choosing any episodes with a Lauren Lapkus character. Whitney Peeps, Harmony Moonglass, and Big Sue are three of my favorite characters on the show. All three of the episodes where she is on the couch made it into my Top 40, and I just want to say, Lauren, if you ever read this, you are hilarious, and I’m sorry. Second, I didn’t end up with any of the episodes that included the “Tsk-Task/Attaboy,” “Soap/Dope,” or “Nice Work/What a Jerk” sketches. I wanted to at least give them a shoutout as I feel like those are some quintessential Comedy Bang! Bang! sketches.

Alright, without further ado, on to the list!

Honorable Mentions

  1. Season 3, Episode 3: Jenna Fischer Wears a Floral Blouse and Black Heels

Jenna Fischer’s charming interview includes telepathically communicating with her unborn child, being unsatisfied with the title of The Office, and sharing her experiences from both the British and Transylvanian Comedy Bang! Bang! shows. The Calvins Twins talk us through the lives of two successful horse-fight promoters at the CaFaBeeTaHoAnHoFiRiRa and give us detailed directions of how to get there. Meanwhile, Inspector Gantlet, played by Jason Alexander, tries to solve the mystery of who is murdering members of the tour group visiting the CBBTV set in an exciting “Who Has Done It?”

  1. Season 5, Episode 19: Reggie Watts Wears a Purple and Yellow Quilted Sweatshirt

Reggie Watts triumphantly returns to Comedy Bang! Bang! as the main guest/time-travelling bandleader. This episode, as well as the series finale that follows, is very much an homage to CBBTV as a whole. This one edges out the finale for me as I think it is a bit funnier and I love the inclusions of Adam Scott’s season 1 episode, the Time Keeper, and Manny the Mailman (my favorite male mailman). Here is a clip of Adam Scott: Time Cop!

  1. Season 2, Episode 5: Zoe Saldana Wears a Tan Blouse and Glasses

The “Cop Swap” episode. Bandleader, Reggie Watts, swaps places with a police officer and quickly begins abusing his power, while the extremely serious, non-musically talented Officer Dooley struggles to be of much use on the goofy TV program. Zoe Saldana is A. Way too famous to have graced this little show and B. a truly fantastic couch guest! I loved listening to how much Scott enjoyed having her on the show in the Season 2 DVD commentary. Director Garry Marshall stops by to talk about his Happy Days reboot, and this episode includes one of the Top 5 funniest sketches on the show, “Scottie Scares ‘Em,” and, oh, look, here’s a clip!

  1. Season 1, Episode 10: “Weird Al” Yankovic Wears a Hawaiian Shirt

It turns out, the first nine episodes of the show have actually been 100% green screen special effects, which has been going great up until this episode. This episode is jam-packed with hilarious content including Scott’s Summer Blockbuster Movie trailers (An Apple a Day, There’s No Eye in Team, and Don’t Lean on an Old Crone’s Wall Under the Light of the Northern Star), Scott and Reggie arguing over sandwiches, Chef Bellini Pastafangu played by David Cross, an avid potato chip collector played by Kerri Kenny, Jon Heder not being quite as famous as he thinks he is, and a Tenacious D and “Weird Al” Yankovic collaboration. Here is a clip of that collaboration as well as a hint of some of the green screen humor.

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  1. Season 3, Episode 5: Zach Galifianakis Wears a One-Armed Jacket

In this episode, we find out that every episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! has already been filmed, and they thought it would be fun to go ahead and show us the finale. But, don’t worry, there will be a brand new episode next week! This is one of the most creative episodes on the show, as it not only uses nearly every sitcom finale trope and brings back characters from all three seasons of the show, but it also foreshadows many jokes and characters that are included in episodes that follow including Clyde Bryllis (more on him to come, SPOILIES), Little Leland, and Dr. Time—a “Weird Al” character that also appears in number 14 of this very list (it is a purposeful time-travelling bit that I didn’t write about him up there, and I definitely did not just forget to include him). This episode also includes Jenny Lewis as bandleader, Scott’s parents, and the wedding of Andrew Lloyd Webber and a couch.

  1. Season 4, Episode 32: Judy Greer Wears a Navy Blouse and Strappy Sandals

They avoided it for years, but, eventually, every show has to do a hockey episode. Comedy Bang! Bang! made it 82 episodes before doing theirs, which is pretty impressive. Even though hockey episodes are a little cliché, CBBTV puts its unique twist on theirs as Kid CuDi is haunted by his past-life as a star hockey player. Judy Greer shows us her universal audition tape, sings us songs about hockey, and teaches us which U.S. states are which kind of erect penises. Tom Hanks also gives a great interview full of juicy gossip (juice goose). One of my favorite things about Comedy Bang! Bang! is they throw in jokes that are so specific to certain media experiences. In this episode, there is a parody of the ESPN fight simulation from the 2006 Rocky Balboa movie, and it cracks me up every time.

  1. Season 5, Episode 2: The Lonely Island Wear Dark Pants and Eyeglasses

“Weird Al” gets a mail-order robot girlfriend, Scott is a substitute teacher that doesn’t quite have a handle on what his students do and don’t like, and Gil Faison and George St. Geegland, from Broadway’s “Oh, Hello,” give what is possibly the funniest couch interview in the whole show, that has Scott and the entire Lazy Island (Angry Sandwich, Armron Chicone, and Akiva Schaffer) uncontrollably laughing for four straight minutes. Why don’t you take a look at a couple of those minutes.

  1. Season 4, Episode 29: A$AP Rocky Wears a Black Button Up Jacket and Black Sneakers

There are a few rare episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! that only have one couch guest, and, in my opinion, this is the best one. A$AP Rocky tries to teach Scott how to smoke weed and has a truly delightful repartee with Kid CuDi. Meanwhile, Scott’s lost phone, wallet, and keys go on a Toy Story-esque adventure to find their way back to Scott. And, Pharrell Williams is outed as a vampire!

  1. Season 3, Episode 9: Alison Brie Wears a Black Mesh Top and Mini-Skirt

Scott and Reggie realize the show is in serious financial trouble. But, not to worry, Giles Duggard (a not-so-subtle spoof of Gordon Ramsey) is here to save the day with his reality show, Talk Show Rescue. Also, Allison Brie teaches us which movie titles are actually stage directions, and film director Werner Herzog tells us about his upcoming project.

  1. Season 2, Episode 20: Zach Galifianakis Wears a Santa Suit

Comedy Bang! Bang! has three Christmas specials, and this season 2 finale is the best one! Reggie has accidentally thrown all the Christmas bonuses in the trash, and the cast and crew are not happy! Zach Galifianakis plays a hilarious and curiously charming interpretation of Santa, and Scott’s parents stop by for a trip down memory lane. We get a visit from the ghost of CBBTV’s previous segment producer played by Aidy Bryant, Scott plants a hidden camera in Reggie’s house, and we learn the disheartening tale of Grumple Gus.

  1. Season 3, Episode 6: Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt and Brown Boots

There has been a devastating earthquake on the set of Comedy Bang! Bang! and Scott decides—thanks to the advice of survivalist Clyde Bryllis—that the best thing for them to do is continue with the show like normal. Nick Offerman tells us about the “Daddy Likes it Shaky” edition of his aptly titled new movie, The Day the Earth Quaked. Scott’s elderly downstairs neighbor Effie Villalopolus, played by Kate McKinnon, reads some of the best complaint notes she has ever written and is angry about soup. CBBTV intern Monty, played by Kyle Mooney, is roaming the streets of a post-earthquake disaster area trying to provide levity and make a few extra bucks by selling overpriced hot dogs. All the while, Clyde Bryllis enslaves an underground race of intelligent worm beasts and saves the day.

  1. Season 2, Episode 13: Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps

Many episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! take place in an alternate reality. In this episode, Scott and Reggie are a little girl’s dolls that come to life when she is out of the room and entertain themselves by making a talk show for no one. Jessica Alba finds creative ways to deal with being asked the same questions over and over. Gina Guppies, played by Kristen Schaal, is a brain aneurism survivor pitching her new flavors of Girl Scout cookies. Also, the set is visited by the King of Cards! This episode includes another Top 5 sketch, “Make the Sweater Better,” in which Scott sets out on a journey to improve people’s sweaters but ends up slowly transforming into Guy Fieri. This episode also has my favorite pod-buster where it is revealed just how much Scott hates doing chores.

  1. Season 1, Episode 5: Seth Rogen Wears a Plaid Shirt and Brown Pants

This is one of the most comedy-packed episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! Reggie snacks inappropriately and sings about the value of editing, Scott’s mind-reading abilities get him into trouble, Seth Rogen explains that his parents usually gave him traveler’s checks as allowance for bully-related reasons, Topher Grace and Will Arnett are two passionate and very different camera operators, child bird-calling phenom Tommy Shalders hasn’t grown into the man he thought he would, Casey Wilson stops by to paint a bowl of fruit while Reggie paints Scott while he is talking to Casey Wilson while she is painting a bowl of fruit, the gang plays everyone’s favorite game “What’s Their Ailment?” and Scott has a righteous-rage charged rant in a segment called “Are You Kidding Me?” AND the show starts with this phenomenal song about walking to work.

  1. Season 2, Episode 11: Rainn Wilson Wears a Short Sleeved Plaid Shirt and Colorful Sneakers

Rainn Wilson reveals the lyrics to The Office theme song, how he battles erectile disfunction, and whether or not he cooks chili in a cauldron. Cowboy poet Dalton Wilcox teaches us about the importance of being wary of vampires and the ethics of fucking holes in the ground. CBBTV has a “New Friend Contest” to decide which new animal will join their gang of talking animals that grace the walls of the set (did I not mention there are a bunch of talking animals on the walls and that the furniture and books talk, too?). This episode includes another Top 5 sketch in “Chews to Lose,” where Scott helps restaurant patrons decide what not to eat. Also, Reggie can see through tortillas!

  1. Season 1, Episode 3: Jon Hamm Wears a Light Blue Shirt and Silver Watch

This episode, better than any other, defines the show Comedy Bang! Bang! Whenever I strongarm one of my friends or family members into watching this show, I always start with this episode.  It is almost unreal how much comedy is stuffed into this episode. Peter the Meter Reader visits the set, Scott tries to surprise a fan on her doorstep but is beaten to the punch by Andy Richter, Jon Hamm tells us about an unusual morning in his life, Eddie Pepitone wins employee of the week and the power goes to his head very quickly, Spanish-language DJ El Chupacabra showcases his many characters, a Dog Lawyer does his best to work with a dog who pushed Timmy into the well in an act of premeditated violence, Francis Domingo is mistakenly brought on the show to display his talent for eating bicycles but it turns out he is eating them out of necessity because he is starving, and Scott imparts his personal opinions in his segment “Maybe It’s Just Me, but for Me.”


Thank you for reading! I will leave you with this clip of Scott directing and grabbing award-winning actor Jon Hamm’s face with his bare hands.

Welcome to Top Ten Percent!

Hey, everyone!  Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One).  Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.”  In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists.  I’ll provide a brief introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies.  If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me.  Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).