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HEADLINE: Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk Launch Sketch Comedy 'The Birthday Boys' series on IFC

CAPTION: The IFC channel launch new sketch comedy series, "The Birthday Boys," featuring short sketches for the YouTube era of comedy. Comedians Mike Mitchell and David Ferguson talk about the history of their comedy group which has found backing from Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk.

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1. Clip, "The Birthday Boys"

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Mitchell, Actor/Comedian: "It's a sketch comedy show and there's a through line. So we kind of have this just one main piece that goes throughout each episode and then we have kind of sketches, that don't necessarily tie to it, in each episode that are stand-alone sketches."

David Ferguson, Actor/Comedian: "One of the things about coming up in like a YouTube generation era is that people's attention spans have gotten down to this two-minute, joke-heavy format, but with a sketch comedy show you can still do that, you can still do short, punchy ideas, but you have an opportunity to call back things that you're having fun with and explore different areas of performance that you wouldn't be able to do in a two-minute, online video."

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3. Clip, "The Birthday Boys"

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New York, 16 October 2013

4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Ferguson, Actor/Comedian, on how they came to the attention of Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk: "'The Birthday Boys' is a sketch comedy group out of Los Angeles. So, there's a little bit of a LA following to begin with because we've done live comedy for years and then we made web videos that have all right at times and that was kind of our first exposure to making short films and sketches for TV also."

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5. Clip, "The Birthday Boys"