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10 Helpful Instructional Videos From the ’80s and ’90s

Learn how to host a talk show tonight on Comedy Bang! Bang! starting at 11P on IFC.

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This week on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott Aukerman and Kid Cudi spoof ’80s instructional videos with their “How to Host a Talk Show” primer. (Even Reggie Watts gets in on the action with his “How to Band Lead” music video.) Grab your Crystal Pepsi and join us for a look back at the heyday of cheesy corporate instructional videos.

10. Grill Skill Burger Rap

It’s a shame that “meat’s got grain to it just like wood” never joined “Baby Got Back” or “Mo Money, Mo Problems” in the hip hop lexicon.

9. 1991 Nintendo Training Video

We’re not sure what “Generic ’90s Business Guy” actually did to that filthy NES system, but we’re kind of on the store clerk’s side with this one.

8. Wendy’s Cold Drinks Rap

Less of a rap and more akin to whatever Debbie Harry was doing in the Blondie song “Rapture,” this musical ode to the most efficient and cost effective way to serve cold drinks is still pretty catchy. Remember to always use the scoop to fill the cup with ice unless you want to be out of work faster than a protagonist in a Bruce Springsteen song.

7. 1990 Blockbuster training video with Buster Sales

With his cool tie and no-nonsense attitude, “Buster Sales” was the Blockbuster employee training video answer to Bart Simpson. Though there’s a good chance he exists entirely in the mind of the bored clerk in the video.

6. Windows 95 Instruction Guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry

Remember when Microsoft enlisted Friends stars Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston to help explain all the radical stuff you could do with the hot new Windows ’95? Could this beeeee any more ’90s?

5. Chili Can Be Served With Cheese

The Wendy’s corporate training video production team really had all their bases covered. In case an employee forgets that you should always stir chili in a figure-eight motion, all they need to do is remember this catchy song.

4. Blockbuster’s Siskel & Ebert spoof

Critics Driscoll and Egbert review films like “Beaverton Hills Cop IV” and a black-and-white French arthouse flick directed by Francois Faux-Pas, all of which conveniently take place in Blockbuster Video stores. But it’s the staff’s commitment to customer service that really gets the thumbs up from the duo.

Things take a decidedly weird turn in part 2, where Egbert and Driscoll review a coming-of-age tale about a young boy who discovers classic cinema while creepily flirting with an adult Blockbuster employee.

3. Don’t Copy That Floppy

Thanks to this helpful rap, the kid in this video won’t be guilty of software piracy. But he is guilty of having awesome ’90s hair.

2. Kid’s Guide to the Internet

Don’t get mixed up in all that “cybernet” stuff, kids.

1. Wendy’s Hot Drinks Song

Proper beverage handling and serving guidelines have never been this funky. (Check out Reggie Watts’ take on this viral classic.)


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…