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What to Watch on IFC: December 20 – 27

What to Watch on IFC: December 20 – 27 (photo)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least that’s what the carols that are piped into every store in America want us to believe. But, not all of us have fireplaces to roast chestnuts in, and chestnuts are really expensive anyway. Eggnog isn’t for the lactose intolerant and Christmas trees exclude non-Christians and Christmas lights can cause seizures (well, maybe just the Slayer Christmas lights do that). It may be a winter wonderland where you are, but snow means treacherous driving conditions. It’s truly safer to stay inside and watch television. It’s what Santa would want.

Here’s what to watch when you’re not watching the Yule Log:

Monday

You’ve seen Black Swan twice, but never seen Requiem for a Dream? Correct that oversight tonight at midnight ET.

Tuesday

A young Stephen Dorff open the portal to hell in his backyard and if you spend one more day with your family, you might start scouring your parents’ backyard for mysterious holes. No highways to hell in the back acreage? Head to the theater with our Holiday Movie Guide in hand. The Gate starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Wednesday

Happy Coen Brothers Day! In honor of the release of True Grit, we’re showing their first feature film Blood Simple at 8 p.m. ET.

Thursday

Watch Naked in New York at 8 p.m. ET

Friday

It’s Christmas Eve, so gather the family around the television to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. While perhaps “Life of Brian” would be more appropriate, we don’t want to be blasphemers:

Saturday

Merry Christmas! If Santa doesn’t bring you what you wanted (or if you don’t celebrate Xmas) please to enjoy our all day Freaks and Geeks marathon. The pilot kicks things off at 6 a.m. ET.

Sunday

Freaks and Geeks all day and The Devil’s Rejects all night. You’re welcome.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Ho Ho Ha

Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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