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IFC And Mad Decent Partner To Release The Music From New Variety Sketch ‘Sherman’s Showcase’

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New York, NY – July 18, 2019 –  IFC announced today that the network has partnered with Mad Decent to drop the official soundtrack for its upcoming variety sketch series Sherman’s Showcase, premiering Wednesday, July 31st at 10pm ET/PT. Sherman’s Showcase (Original Soundtrack), featuring full-length versions of the songs from the series, is set for digital release on August 9 via Mad Decent, the  Los Angeles-based record label founded by Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo. The soundtrack will also be available on vinyl later this summer. 

First song on the dock-et to be released is 1979 hit “Marina del Rey (Let’s Spend the Day),” a “big ass boat rock” song by band Skip & Bates, the kings of AM Gold and yacht rock, who are portrayed by comedians Kenny and Keith Lucas. Featured in the premiere episode ofSherman’s Showcase, “Marina del Rey” was written by the show’s creators, executive producers, writers and stars – Bashir Salahuddin(GLOW, Snatched, South Side) and Diallo Riddle (Marlon, Rise, South Side) – and produced by The Knocks’ James Patterson and Benjamin Ruttner. Listen here now: 

“‘Marina del Rey’ is an earworm,” says Riddle. “It captures the vibe of summer barbecues, boat parties, and lounging on the beach, but most importantly it gives one of Los Angeles’ most slept-on neighborhoods an anthem. A smooth anthem. Let’s spend the day there indeed. 

Each episode of Sherman’s Showcase is hosted by Sherman McDaniels (Salahuddin) as he takes viewers through time via music and comedy drawn from the 40-year library of a legendary (but fictional) musical variety show, drawing inspiration from Solid GoldSoul Train and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Whether it’s a questionably-attired funk super group in the 1970s, an up-and-coming MC in the 1980s or an R&B diva from the 1990s, Sherman’s Showcase has it all: music, comedy, gameshow segments, political roundtables, commercial parodies, breakout hits destined to climb the charts, a dancing robot and a legendary host who’s been there from the beginning.

An incredible line-up of guest stars this season includes (alphabetically):

  • Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor
  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Emmy®-, GRAMMY®– and Oscar®-winner Common
  • Morris Day
  • Emmy®-winner Tiffany Haddish
  • Lil Rel Howery
  • Emmy®-, GRAMMY®-, Oscar®– and Tony®-winner Quincy Jones
  • Emmy®-winner Mike Judge
  • Kenny and Keith Lucas
  • Emmy®-, GRAMMY®-, Oscar®– and Tony®-winner John Legend
  • Nigel Lythgoe
  • Curt Menefee
  • Vic Mensa
  • Tawny Newsome
  • GRAMMY®-winner Ne-Yo
  • Ray Parker, Jr.
  • Mario Van Peebles
  • Damon Wayans, Jr.
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Bresha Webb

Riddle and Salahuddin serve as executive producers on Sherman’s Showcase along with John LegendMike Jackson and Ty Stikloriusthrough their Get Lifted Film Co. (UndergroundJesus Christ Superstar) and Frank Scherma and Jim Bouvet of RadicalMedia (Stan AgainstEvilConversations With a KillerThe Ted Bundy Tapes).

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