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Did I Really See That Last Night?

Did I Really See That Last Night? (photo)

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Though I’m currently battling flu-like symptoms, I’m pretty sure I saw what I think I saw last night:

While casually watching an all-new episode of House–where the brutally honest Dr. House and his crew of medical mystery solvers were trying to crack the case of a comatose man–I realized the patient they were pricking and prodding was none other than Mos Def.

He communicated throughout the episode by guiding a yes-or-no computer cursor with his brain waves. A good portion of the episode was also seen through the perspective of Mos Def’s eyes–kind of like the scene in The Christmas Story when Ralphie visits Santa Claus at the mall (or The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” music video). Think that’s wierd? I didn’t even get into the hallucination scenes.

(above: Is Mos Def in the house? No, but he was on House.)

During a commercial break, Metallica–yes, Metall-fuckin’-ca–then appeared on a commercial for Guitar Hero, facing down a group of legendary college basketball coaches who were dressed like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. Creator of St. Anger, James Hetfield, even gets into it with the patron saint of anger, Bobby Knight.

Moments later, another commercial came on hyping up a Fox variety show featuring, guess who? Ozzy Osbourne–frontman of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath. I know the Osbournes did a Pepsi commercial with Donny and Marie Osmond a few years back, but who would have ever thought they’d steal a page from their variety show playbook?

Mos Def and Metallica actually held their own (at least Metallica got to blow up a house at the end of their commercial), but the Osbourne variety hour, Osbourne’s Reloaded, well, looks un-watchable.

I’m still trying to figure out if this really happened last night (?). Next thing you know Prince is going to be doing Target commercials…

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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