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SNL Sketch Showdown: Wayne’s World vs. “Dick in a Box”


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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.

Sketch 1: “Wayne’s World”

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey made their debut as the baseball-cap wearing, basement-dwelling hockey-loving duo of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar during “Saturday Night Live’s” 1988 season. The premise of the sketch was simple: A metalhead slacker starts a public-access television show in his parents’ basement in Illinois, conscripting his best friend to be his on-air sidekick/air drummer. If this sketch had been created with different “SNL” cast members, it probably would have been a one-off throwaway. However, the sincere yet goofy chemistry between Myers and Carvey quickly catapulted “Wayne’s World” into the canon of best-ever SNL sketches. “Wayne’s World” became one of the most popular recurring sketches in the history of the series, with Wayne and Garth hosting everyone from Tom Hanks, who played Garth’s cousin, to Aerosmith playing an extend version of the “Wayne’s World” theme song. We also have Wayne and Garth to thank for phrases like “Schwing!” “We’re not worthy!” “Party on!” and even “…Not!” entering the pop culture lexicon. Plus, the sketch went on to spawn not one but two movies based on the characters’ adventures. The first film, “Wayne’s World,” was directed by Penelope Spheeris and featured Rob Lowe, Chris Farley, Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper along with Wayne and Garth. The film debuted at no. 1 and went on to earn over $121 million at the box office.

Sketch 2: “Dick in a Box”

“Dick in a Box” first appeared on “SNL” in 2006. By then, The Lonely Island crew of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone knew what they were doing in the digital short world and had cemented their reputation as the arbiters of cool via such sketches as “Lettuce” (their debut digital short) and “Lazy Sunday,” which featured Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell rapping about their love of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” among other things. During 2005 and 2006, Lonely Island already had a reputation for incorporating surprising cameos by musicians like The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, T-Pain and Michael Bolton to great comedic effect. For “Dick in a Box” they brought out the big guns to help ensure that the sketch went viral: Justin Timberlake joined Samberg to serenade Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph with the titular gift: their dicks in a box. With Timberlake on board with the incredibly goofy and hilariously raunchy premise – which was played completely straight – it was no surprise that “Dick in a Box” was wildly popular. “Dick in a Box” went on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2007 and was the first single released off of Lonely Planet’s album “Incredibad.”

And the winner is…

“Wayne’s World.”

While “Dick in a Box” may have rocketed Lonely Island into internet stardom, it was just a one-trick pony, albeit a hilarious one, but whose longevity has yet to be proven. On the other hand, “Wayne’s World” is the skit that keeps on giving. Two movies, a video game, a soundtrack album and innumerable catch phrases all came out of Wayne’s mom’s basement. Even in 2011, years after both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey left the set of SNL, Wayne’s World appeared as a cold open with Wayne and Garth discussing their Oscar picks and the results were still laugh-out-loud funny. Party on, Wayne.

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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…