"The Birthday Boys" (TV show) on IFC is an original sketch comedy series which showcases the silly-meets-smart humor from the popular comedy troupe of the same name.

Executive producers Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad," "Mr. Show") and Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Zoolander") bring viewers the genius of the Los Angeles comedy team that made a name for themselves at UCB LA and the Just for Laughs Festival. Along with honorary eighth member Odenkirk, the series ensemble includes Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell and Chris VanArtsdalen.

With a nod to absurd-yet-intelligent legacy sketch shows "Monty Python," "Mr. Show" and "Kids in the Hall," the series appropriates familiar scenarios and classic TV, film and sketch archetypes with a fresh take. Drawing from the unique collaboration between Odenkirk and The Birthday Boys as writers, directors and performers, the series features both stand-alone and multi-act sketches that poke fun at real-life moments and cultural touchstones. From Steve Jobs and the rise of the personal computer, Lance Armstrong and the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs, to the hardships of trying to keep up with too many shows on your DVR — the series takes a hilariously skewed perspective on everyone's shared experiences.

While all but one of The Birthday Boys graduated from Ithaca College in New York, it wasn't until separately moving to Los Angeles that they began to embrace their comedic talent by joining the Upright Citizens Brigade. The Birthday Boys officially formed in 2007, quickly finding a local fan base and drawing the attention of emerging comedy purveyor Bob Odenkirk.

IFC's "The Birthday Boys" is produced by Abso Lutely and Red Hour. Bob Odenkirk, Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld, Mike Rosenstein and Dave Kneebone executive produce. The series is written by The Birthday Boys and Bob Odenkirk and co-directed by Chris VanArtsdalen, Jefferson Dutton and Odenkirk.


Network: IFC
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 30 mins.
Premiere Date: October 18, 2013
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
Abso Lutely
Red Hour

IFC Celebrates 'The Birthday Boys' — Premiering Friday, October 18, the new sketch comedy series showcases the silly-meets-smart humor from the popular comedy troupe of the same name. Read more...

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