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Whisker Wars: Meet the Austin Facial Hair Club

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As we saw last season on “Whisker Wars,” when it comes to the world of competitive bearding the Austin Facial Hair Club insists on being taken seriously. While the Texas team is a fun loving bunch, they are also quite competitive, and when they thought they weren’t being treated fairly within Beard Team USA, they were willing to wage war against their former team.

As president of the Austin Facial Hair Club and arch rival to Jack Passion, Bryan Nelson has motivated the Austin squad to begin cultivating a member of their team to compete in every category at the World Championships. In so doing, the other members of the Austin Facial Hair Club have moved into other categories, away from Full Beard Natural, making way for Bryan to claim the title they believe should rightfully be his. But Allen is himself a rising star in the Full Beard Natural category after a surprise win. However he takes one for the team and moves into the less prestigious Full Beard, Styled Mustache category to help the Austin Facial Hair Club establish themselves as a team.

Freestyle beard contender Alex LaRoche made it clear that he was disillusioned with Beard Team USA last season and without him, Beard Team USA has no serious contender in that category. Each time Alex styles his beard, it gets more elaborate and he clearly gets more invested. Despite being the smart-aleck, Alex it’s clear that he actually cares. Riverboat captain Miletus Callahan-Barile takes a lot of ribbing from his Austin Facial Hair Club teammates for his style of beard: The Donegal (aka The Alaskan Whaler) because it is not currently recognized with its own category. This leaves Miletus to compete in the less prestigious Partial Beard category in all Beard Team USA organized events, often positioning him as the lowest man in the Austin Facial Hair Club’s pecking order. This does nothing to dampen his spirits or his fund raising efforts, though.

Tune in to the second season of Whisker Wars (premiering Friday, November 23 at 10/9c) to see if the Austin Facial Hair Club can finally win big in the beard circuit and if their tormenting of Jack Passion continues:

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Whisker Wars returns to IFC on Friday, November 23rd at 10/9c.

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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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