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What to watch on IFC tonight: The Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou”

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Only Joel and Ethan Coen could reimagine Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts. The jailbirds bust out of prison and embark on a voyage that made Ulysses’ trip look like a walk in the park on a sunny day. The film chronicles the surreal exploits of the escapees as they make their way through the outlying areas of the South on the hunt for buried treasure — and, in the particular case of Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney), a reunion with his estranged wife (Holly Hunter) and kids. Along the way, they are tempted, thwarted and toyed with to varying degrees by many strange characters, including three seductive “sirens,” a one-eyed cyclops in the form of a traveling salesman (John Goodman) and a ruthless lawman (Daniel von Bargen) hot on their trail — and manage to reinvent themselves as bluegrass musical sensations The Soggy Bottom Boys. Let’s all watch a toe-tapping tune by the boys:

“O Brother Where Art Thou?” is one of the Coen Brothers’ most crowd-pleasing films, which is why we’re showing it tonight at 7:45 p.m. ET. Watch the trailer now and then tune in tonight at 7:45 p.m. ET before a new episode of Portlandia kicks off at 10/9c:


“O Brother Where Art Thou?” airs on IFC tonight at 7:45 PM ET; Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8:45 PM ET; Monday, Jan. 28 at 12:00 AM ET

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Scott Aukerman Is Hitting the Road for a Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Tour

Scott and Comedy Bang! Bang! are coming to a town near you.

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Comprised of countless characters, hilarious guests, and running gags, Comedy Bang! Bang! simply can’t be contained in just its podcast and TV forms. As such, host Scott Aukerman is taking the show and its oddball cavalcade on the road in a brand new live tour. Fan favorites Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Campbell will be along for the ride (either as themselves, as their show personas, or both — we’re not at liberty to say!), and there will surely be a few surprise drop-ins as well. And maybe…a little magic?

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Check out the tour dates below and catch the Comedy Bang! Bang! live tour when it swings nearby. And be sure to check back for updates on Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new season, debuting this spring on IFC with new bandleader and cohost “Weird Al” Yankovic.

April 30 – Theater at the Ace—Los Angeles, CA
May 6 – Convocation Hall—Toronto, ON
May 7 – Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
May 8 – Keswick Theatre—Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – The Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
May 10 – The Carolina Theatre of Durham—Durham, NC
May 11 – The Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA
May 13 – Gramercy Theatre—New York, NY
May 17 – Texas Theatre—Dallas, TX
May 18 – Paramount Theatre—Austin, TX
May 19 – Pantages Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
May 20 – Athenaeum Theatre—Chicago, IL
May 21 – Royal Oak Music Theatre—Detroit, MI
May 22 – Paramount Theatre—Denver, CO
May 23 – Fox Theater—Oakland, CA
May 24 – Revolution Hall—Portland, OR
May 25 – The Moore Theatre—Seattle, WA
May 26 –Vogue Theatre—Vancouver, BC

Meet the Portlandia Co-Op: Jim McHugh

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As you are aware, the third season of Portlandia is underway with a new episode airing each Friday at 10/9c. To celebrate the welcome return of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show, we are yielding control of the @IFCportlandia Twitter feed to a few lucky, talented members of the Portlandia Co-Op, a community where fans can join together to support their favorite show. Each week we’ll take a few minutes to introduce you to the fans who are operating behind-the-scenes to make @ifcPortlandia the destination for Portlandia fans on Twitter.

This week Jim McHugh, pictured here with his lovely wife Erin, is taking the reins of @IFCportlandia:

Jim answered a few questions before taking control:

Name, city of residence and occupation

Jim McHugh, Woodbury, NJ (basically suburbs of Philly), freelance illustrator/teacher’s aide/novice Santa.

Do you recycle? Compost? Bring your own bag?

All three! Compost is the key–last summer we grew over 300 tomatoes on three plants! Yeah, compost!

Have you ever been to Portland?

No, but I have heard such good things. It seems like a good place to draw caricatures.

Who is your favorite character on Portlandia?

Spyke the bike messenger because he knows when things are OVER!

Which character do you think you are most like?

Peter, because I like to know where my food comes from. I don’t stutter like him, but I can be indecisive. Well, not really. OK, sometimes.

What is your most Portlandian trait?

My wife and I want to open a feminist design studio/art gallery/vintage resale food truck.

Why did you want to run Portlandia’s Twitter feed?

Because we are seriously considering moving there. We really love the show! Thought it’d be an interesting experience.

What’s your favorite sketch?

“The People Who Need a Housesitter for Two Hours,” guest-starring Aubrey Plaza.

Have you ever waited in line for brunch?

I haven’t, but I would. I love all foods that are breakfast-centric with a splash of lunch. I would never cut in line though.

We hear you’re thinking about moving to Portland… tell us more.

My cousin Keith, another creative-type, recently relocated from Philly and seems to be enjoying Portland life. Even though the show is full of characters, the people at least seem happy enough. We’re ready for positive changes, access to better food, and keeping the dream of the 90s alive. Portland seems to be home to like-minded people, which would be a nice change from where we live.

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @ifcPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

Watch a professional tipper in action on Portlandia

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You know how it is. You go out to dinner with your friends and everyone is laughing and having a good time while enjoying some organic artisanal local reinterpretation of ancient paleolithic Indonesian fare and drinking a handcrafted drink made by a caring and daring mixologist and then the check comes. Do you split the check evenly? Of course not. Your vegan friend pipes up first: They won’t pay to support the petro-chemical-meat-industrial complex. Your teetotaler friend won’t enable you by paying for the evils of alcohol. Your other friend won’t even look at carbs and won’t support those who do. Your other friend is allergic to everything and won’t pay to have more peanuts or shrimp or wheat in the world. So how do you split the check and prevent a dinner disaster? We’ve all been there, but only Portlandia has a solution: Meet the professional tipper who showed up during Nina’s birthday party and saved the day.

Watch the clip and tune in Friday at 10/9c for another episode as Portlandia’s third season continues only on IFC:

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Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter@ifcPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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