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IFC cancels 'The Birthday Boys'

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Looks like the Birthday party is over: IFC has decided not to renew sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys, the network confirmed on Friday.

“IFC was proud to be the home of The Birthday Boys and their unique and inventive comedy for two seasons,” said the network in a statement. “We thank these talented creators and wish them nothing but the best. We will miss the laughs, the farce and the pixilated male nudity.”

The stars of the series—which is executive-produced by “honorary eighth member” Bob Odenkirk—posted on Facebook the following message: “We are surprised and saddened to hear that IFC had already chosen to cancel ‪#‎TheBirthdayBoys‬ series before our resignation as hosts. But we are relieved we conveniently announced our resignation as hosts minutes before IFC publicly announced their decision. We are smart. Huge thanks to #TheBirthdayBoys fans for watching and huge thanks to IFC for 2 wonderful seasons! We’ll keep at it.” The “resignation” announcement came in the form of the following YouTube video, in which Mike Mitchell speaks for the cast.

Odenkirk tweeted the video and quipped: “I respectfully disagree with their decision here, and as a result will be stepping down as EP.”

The Birthday Boys began performing as a sketch comedy troupe at L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2007 and launched their series in the fall of 2013. Season 2 finished airing in December. Hopefully this news will free them up to actually make this documentary…

…and, of course, spend more time with their “family.”

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