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Watch ‘Documentary Now’ Parody Talking Heads, Maysles in New Trailer

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader return with hilarious homages to ‘Stop Making Sense,’ ‘Salesman,’ ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi,’ more

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader spoof the Talking Heads, D.A. Pennebaker, the Maysles Brothers and more in the new trailer for Season Two (or “Season 51”) of Documentary Now!

The clip opens with host Helen Mirren reintroducing the “long-running” documentary showcase and offers a peak at Hader and Armisen’s absurd parodies. Among the highlights are the duo’s expertly retro takes on the Maysles’ Salesman, in which Hader and Armisen play inept globe salesmen (“It says ‘Bermuba’ instead of ‘Bermuda,'” a young boy points out).

The trailer finds Armisen and Hader playing political foes in a parody of The War Room, Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ 1993 doc about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, and staging a farewell concert for an art-pop band in an homage to the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense (that episode will reportedly guest star Maya Rudolph and feature songs written by Armisen). 

The pair will also offer takes on Spalding Gray’s one-man show, Swimming to Cambodia, food documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi and the Robert Evans doc, The Kid Stays in the Picture, about a filmmaker who keeps making awful Oscar-bait pictures.

Documentary Now! returns to IFC September 14th at 10 p.m. ET.

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