Funny Business: Preview IFC’s Two New Comedies BENDERS and GIGI DOES IT


Since NBC has all but abandoned their once iconic “Must See TV” lineup and CBS’ has MOM warming the bench to make room for Thursday Night NFL Football, we here at thought now might be as good a time as any to highlight two new comedies coming to the increasingly irreverant (and did we mention, awesome) IFC Channel.

Premiering this Thursday October 1st at 10PM, the home of MARON, COMEDY BANG! BANG! and PORTLANDIA present BENDERS (Think THE LEAGUE meets SLAPSHOT) and GIGI DOES IT (Think BAD SANTA GRANDMA!)

BENDERS stars Lindsey Broad (The Office, 21 Jump Street), Chris Distefano (Girl Code, The Half Hour), Mark Gessner (Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist), Ruy Iskandar (Gotham, The Blacklist) and Andrew Schulz (Guy Code, co-creator & host of Brilliant Idiots podcast) and follows a team of friends bonded by an irrational obsession with their men’s ice hockey team, The Chubbys.

Paul Rosenberg (Schulz) is the insecure leader whose involvement with the team causes daily havoc for him and his wife Karen (Broad). Along for the ride are Paul’s best friends Anthony (Distefano), the charmer who schemes his way through life; Dicky (Gessner), the wealthy hedge fund manager whose answer to everything is in his wallet; and Sebalos (Iskandar) the slacker on a misguided search for his purpose in life. While their hockey skills may be limited their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos their devotion to the game creates in their everyday lives.

Creators Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti are executive producing along with their Apostle partner Denis Leary.

BENDERS premieres Thursday, October 1 at 10pm ET/PT.

Gigi's Bucket List

GIGI DOES IT stars David Krumholtz (This Is The End, Numb3rs, 10 Things I Hate About You). Gertrude Rotblum, aka “Gigi,” just lost her beloved husband Harold, but has gained a new lease on life with the help of her unexpected inheritance and trusty male sidekick played by Ricky Mabe (Goon, Zach & Miri Make A Porno).

Gigi Does It is executive produced by Krumholtz and Tim Gibbons (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Off Their Rockers), along with Grandma’s House Entertainment’s Ben Newmark and Dan Newmark, Ricky Mabe and Zach Golden. Adam Bold and Mike Lopez also of Grandma’s House Entertainment serve as producers. Krumholtz is transformed into Gigi by Alterian Inc. makeup effects guru Tony Gardner (Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Zombieland).

Gigi Does It premieres Thursday, October 1 at 10:30pm ET/PT.

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