IFC is quickly becoming television's main bastion of alternative comedy. For years, the network has run episodes of edgy comedy shows like Whitest Kids U Know, as well as original shows like David Cross's recently-ended The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Oh, and there's a little show called Portlandia which, despite a small audience, has managed to permeate popular culture quite effectively.
The network has already greenlighted a Louie-style series from comedian and podcaster Marc Maron (titled Maron). And now, the series has greenlit two exciting new television comedies from some more big names.
Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk are two of those names, and they're creating a sketch comedy series called The Birthday Boys. Odenkirk previously served as a writer on FOX's The Ben Stiller Show, but is perhaps more famous for co-creating, along with David Cross, HBO's groundbreaking sketch comedy series Mr. Show, which ran from 1995 to 1998. Odenkirk also stars as Saul Goodman on AMC's Breaking Bad. The Birthday Boys will star the online comedians of the same name, and will follow a similar format to Mr. Show.
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, meanwhile, are bringing us Spoils of Babylon, a show with a much more complex concept. Presented as an adaptation of the fictional novel Winds of War (written by the fictional Eric Jonrosh, a character played by Ferrell), the series will look at three generations of a prominent American family, and will look at the disasters that befall these families -- all of which, of course, are their own fault.
What do you think? Are you excited to see these new shows?