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Beavis and Butthead Do America

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10 Hilarious Beavis and Butt-Head Pop Culture Moments

Catch Beavis and Butt-Head Do America this month on IFC.

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If you want to see Beavis and Butt-Head, you can watch their MTV series or see their movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (airing this month on IFC). But what if that’s not enough for you? Good news, glutton! Beavis and Butt-Head made a handful of appearances outside their own universe. And we’ve got the videos and other fun stuff to prove it.

1. Late Show with David Letterman

Promoting their movie in December of 1996, Beavis and Butt-Head make it to network television. Folks in the studio may have just seen Dave speak to empty chairs, but through TV magic, viewers saw all three animated characters with big heads. Fun fact: Who had to follow Beavis and Butt-Head that night? Entertainment legend Neil Diamond.


2. Airheads

Think Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was the duo’s film debut? Think again. Two years earlier, the guys called in to a radio show in the heavy metal comedy Airheads, where Joe Mantegna accurately called them “dipshits.” It wouldn’t be the first or last time someone used that phrase in relation to the dimwitted duo.


3. Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving in 1997 and you’re stuck with your relatives. How to break up the monotony of football and embarrassing uncles? Switch from the game to MTV, where Kurt Loder is live with Beavis and Butt-Head. Opening with live coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the special segued into videos, interviews with Marilyn Manson, and of course B&B’s thoughts on turkey. In the words of our heroes, “God is great, God is good…and we thank him for our morning wood.” Amen, and praise be to The Great Cornholio.


4. Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse

What did Secretary of State Colin Powell think of the audience at an MTV town hall in 2002? According to the “Fun With Real Audio” segment on SNL‘s TV Funhouse, he saw them as two very familiar dumbasses. Though to be fair, bombs are cool.


5. MTV Video Music Awards

Beavis and Butt-Head were loyal to their cable channel, making multiple appearances on the VMAs. Among the more notable happened during the 1997 show in a running bit where the guys hold a press conference under the Brooklyn Bridge. And of course, Kurt Loder was there.


6. The Academy Awards

The VMAs are nice and all, but Beavis and Butt-Head made it to the big time with their appearance on the 69th Academy Awards. Sure, they were just there to present the Oscar for Outstanding Sound Effects Editing, but it’s a moment that Bruce Stambler will never forget.


7. Beavis and Butt-Head Comics

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

If you wish B&B would comment on other media, you’re in luck. The good folks at Marvel Comics gave the boys their own comic book in which they made fun of… Marvel Comics. The 28 issues were published from 1994 to 1996 and featured the boys reading comics instead of watching music videos, which led to such insights as “Punisher kicks ass.”


8. Scratch And Sniff Trading Cards

Fleer
Fleer

Not to be outdone in the paper-based collectibles department, Fleer released a set of Beavis and Butt-Head trading cards in 1994. In addition to the 150 regular cards in the set, collectors could chase a 10-card limited edition offering, with a unique and questionable “Sniffivation” feature –- finally, you could know what Beavis and Butt-Head smelled like.


9. Love Rollercoaster Music Video

The duo teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for this animated music video from the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack. If you’ve ever wondered what Flea would look like in animated form, this is the video for you.


10. Beavis and Butt-Head Meet Cher

The 1993 album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience featured head-banging tracks from artists like Nirvana and Megadeth interspersed with commentary from the boys. They also performed a duet with Cher, which led to the above music video which is strange even by ’90s Cher standards.

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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 IFC.com

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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…