The Birthday Boys

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  • TV-14
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (1,122)

The Birthday Boys is a sketch comedy show that originally aired on IFC from 2013 to 2014. The series is created, written and starring the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Birthday Boys. The show premiered on October 17, 2013, and ran for two seasons. The Birthday Boys are composed of seven members: Jeff Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris VanArtsdalen. The group has been performing together since 2007, but they gained national prominence when they appeared as guests on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, which led to their collaboration with producer Bob Odenkirk to create a TV show.

The Birthday Boys is an absurd, offbeat, and at times surreal sketch show. It mixes humor with social commentary, pop culture references, and subversive elements. Each episode consists of a series of sketches, some of which are interconnected, while others are standalone.

The show's humor is innovative, witty, and often dark. The sketches range from a fake infomercial for a product called "Johnny's Ice Cream" to a parody of Occupy Wall Street, to a satire of behind-the-scenes documentaries about the making of a TV series. The show's writing is clever, and the performances from The Birthday Boys are joyfully silly and energetic.

One of the best things about The Birthday Boys is how each member of the troupe brings their unique comedic style to the table. Each cast member has a distinct comedic voice that adds to the diversity of the show's humor. From Jeff Dutton's deadpan delivery to Mike Mitchell's infectious energy, the cast's chemistry is what makes the show truly special.

One standout performer is Monica Ruiz, who joined the cast in the show's second season. Ruiz is a talented improviser and comedian in her own right and her addition to the cast is seamless. She brings a fresh perspective to the show and is a great foil for the rest of the group.

Another aspect of the show that is worth mentioning is the production value. The show's visual style is polished and inventive. The sketches are shot on location and in studio, and the show utilizes special effects and animation to enhance the comedy. The costumes and sets are all well-designed and add to the surreal quality of the show.

In addition to The Birthday Boys, the show features a bevy of guest stars, including Bob Odenkirk, Casey Wilson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jack Black. These guest stars add to the show's already impressive roster of talent and bring their own unique comedic skills to the table.

Overall, The Birthday Boys is a hilarious and innovative sketch show that deserves to be remembered. It's a group of talented comedians at the top of their game, creating experimental and bold comedy that is sure to delight fans of the genre. If you're looking for a show that's weird, smart, and funny, this is definitely one to check out.

The Birthday Boys is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on October 18, 2013.

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Season Finale
10. Season Finale
December 19, 2014
The Birthday Boys reflect on the greatest summer of their lives. Vignettes follow them from street fights to secret gardens and hidden caverns. Guest Star: Corey Feldman.
Cerf's Folly
9. Cerf's Folly
December 12, 2014
The Birthday Boys declare the World Wide Web a failure. An idiot loses sleep over the online opinions of his acquaintances and a weirdo shows us how people got attention before the Internet. Guest stars: Tony Hale and Thomas Lennon.
The U.S. Healthcare System
8. The U.S. Healthcare System
December 5, 2014
The Birthday Boys finally take on the United States healthcare system, reminding viewers of the importance of rectal and colon health. Chris Elliot guest stars as an overworked proctologist. Guest star: Chris Elliott.
Plight of the Working Class
7. Plight of the Working Class
November 28, 2014
Unemployment and economic depression are explored in this heart-wrenching melodrama. Tim & Eric guest star as the owners of a doomed lumber mill. Guest stars: Clint Howard and Tim & Eric.
Getting Preachy
6. Getting Preachy
November 21, 2014
The definitive take on religion. A rowdy seminary school, a man possessed by El Diablo, and a bombastic preacher's crusade against preaching. Guest stars: Horatio Sanz and Fred Willard.
Love Date Hump
5. Love Date Hump
November 14, 2014
The Birthday Boys explore romance through the eyes of a group of swinging guys, Hot Havana Lovers, and a boring married couple.
4. Freshy's
November 7, 2014
Jack Black is the jaded star of a beloved movie franchise reboot. The guys are thrilled for a fast food chain's social marketing campaign.
Women Are Funny
3. Women Are Funny
October 31, 2014
The debate is over with definitive proof that women are funny; however, the cost of such proof may have been too costly.
Wet Dreams May Come
2. Wet Dreams May Come
October 24, 2014
A Polish immigrant father does what he can to care for his seven DJ sons; in their attempt to kill Adolf Hitler, two time-travelers hit a speed bump.
Snobs and Slobs
1. Snobs and Slobs
October 17, 2014
A fashion designer, a man raised in nature and a struggling indie rock band are all determined to find where they belong in the world.
Where to Watch The Birthday Boys
The Birthday Boys is available for streaming on the IFC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Birthday Boys on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV, Pluto TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    October 18, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (1,122)