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SNL Sketch Showdown: Wayne’s World vs. Bill Brasky


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Welcome to the “Saturday Night Live” Sketch Showdown. Every weekday, an IFC writer will determine the winner of a matchup between two classic “SNL” sketches. You can check out the full bracket here.

Mainstream vs. Cult Status

This one is an interesting match-up of sketches that couldn’t be more different. One is a long-running character-based effort that became a pop culture phenomenon and managed to get two movies made out of it and the other is an over-the-top festival of hilariously boisterous obnoxiousness. It seems a bit like an open and shut case, right?

Sketch 1: Wayne’s World

Now, in 2013, it’s easy to dismiss Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s old characters of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar as expired relics of the late 80s and early 90s – something as beaten into the ground as Austin Powers or Shrek. It became so ubiquitous that all the “schwings” and the “party ons” and the “butt monkeys” feel dated and old hat these days. But schticks aside, what makes “Wayne’s World” great is its versatility. There was a lot of room within the core concept of two juvenile teenage rock fans hosting a public access show in their basement to turn it into whatever it needed to be to tweak with the news of the day. Whether it was an idiotic take on simple Oscar picks, Bruce Willis playing the coolest guy in school introducing new cool words for the year, or a full-on fantasy dream sequence where Wayne winds up in Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video complete with actual Madonna, you could really do anything with these guys. They connected to audiences in part because there was only a thin veneer of unreality separating most viewers from being Wayne Campbell themselves. He was a guy you could see hanging out with, in a basement you’ve probably been in before. Wayne was more character than caricature, a long-standing creation of Myers’ that pre-dated “SNL,” and that gave him the range and depth to last for a long time in the American consciousness. Plus, they got Aerosmith on the show to discuss the collapse of the Soviet Union while Roadie Tom Hanks blurted into microphones about sibilance. You know, there’s never been a blueprint for the dictatorship of the proletariat, so there’s bound to be some mistakes. However, if you study history, you’ll see that, since the rise of the nation-state, socialism has been an historical inevitability, dude.

Sketch 2: Bill Brasky

Don’t count those Bill Brasky Buddies out right away. It’s so weird that it feels like it could have been a “Kids in the Hall” piece – which makes sense, what with Mark McKinney being there from the get go. They may have only had a total of five sketches , and it may have been repeating the same theme of a group of loud, drunk, horrible businessmen vociferously extolling the virtues of their cult hero son of a bitch’s exploits while occasionally blurting out awkward personal secrets, but it was a perfect satire of macho asshole-deification culture and a treasure trove of insane one-liners. “Brasky would use his own thigh as an anvil.” “He killed Wolfman Jack with a trident.” “He had dandruff the size of mice.” “His poop is considered currency in Argentina.” “He once ate the Bible while waterskiing.” The absurdity of ridiculous things like this coming out of the screaming, slurring fake-toothed faces of McKinney, Will Ferrell, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman and David Koechner, mixed in with confessions like “I don’t have a penis!” and “I’m a convicted sex offender!” – well, it all makes the Brasky sketches awkwardly mesmerizing. Something about Will Ferrell being really loud is funny more often than not. Improvisational non-sequiturs are comedy gold, and it feels like a sketch tailor-made for Goodman, playing a broken drunkard who could easily be some distant relation to Walter Sobchak.

And the Winner Is…

All in all, while Brasky is a great show closer, creating that last-call “get out there and go crazy” weirdness that thrives when nearing the 1:00 hour, when it comes down to it, you have to hand it to “Wayne’s World,” a catchphrase factory which left an indelible mark on Saturday Night Live history. It’s pail, it’s totally bucket to see the Bill Brasky Buddies go, but those guys are pretty sphinctitious when you get down to it. They dabble in the ways of sphinctery. One might say they’re off the sphinctometer. We have seen the sphincter, and it is Bill Brasky.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


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.


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…