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<em>SNL</em> Is The Avengers of Comedy

Article: SNL Is The Avengers of Comedy

SNL Alum are everywhere this week–on Comedy Bang! Bang! tonight and Seth Meyer’s new animated series The Awesomes, which premiered this week on Hulu. In the web show, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Rachel Dratch, Bobby Lee, Ike Barinholtz and Rashida Jones use their comedic power for good saving the world one episode at…

Wayne’s World marks its 21st birthday with a reunion

Article: Wayne’s World marks its 21st birthday with a reunion

Party on, Garth! Party on, Wayne! Earlier this week, “Wayne’s World” turned 21, meaning that one of our favorite SNL sketches-turned-movie is now legally allowed to party. To celebrate the momentous, beer-chugging occasion, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a.k.a. the people who give out the Oscars, hosted not a kegger, but a…

The 10 most groundbreaking “Saturday Night Live” stars

Article: The 10 most groundbreaking “Saturday Night Live” stars

“Saturday Night Live.” It’s a comedy franchise unparalleled, launching the careers of dozens of legends of the industry. As it heads into its 36th year, there are so many stars of this show that have become comedy staples and heroes to comics everywhere that it’s hard to contain them all in a list. Stalwart geniuses…

Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Penny Marshall and More to Stop by “Portlandia”

Article: Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Penny Marshall and More to Stop by “Portlandia”

Hey “Portlandia” fans we have big news for you. Today, IFC announced some of the guest stars who will be visiting the show when it returns in January. While we’ve already announced that Kyle MacLachlan (“Desperate Housewives,” “Twin Peaks”) will return as Portlandia’s mayor and that Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24,” “Mr. Show”) may be stopping…

Tune in Tonight for a Sneak Peek of “Portlandia”

Article: Tune in Tonight for a Sneak Peek of “Portlandia”

We know you were going to watch the premiere of “Whisker Wars” tonight at 11 p.m. ET anyway, but we’re like mad genius bakers and we wanted to add some icing to that already delicious cake. To that end, we’re showing a special sneak peek of the second season of “Portlandia” during the premiere episode…

Behind the Scenes Of The Portlandia Premiere

Article: Behind the Scenes Of The Portlandia Premiere

Last week, we dusted off the red carpet, rolled it up, and headed over to the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan’s Times Square for the party to celebrate our new show, Portlandia. Since we know all the fans of the show couldn’t make the party (because they were busy putting birds on things, natch), we recorded…

Mark Your Calendars For Portlandia’s Premiere

Article: Mark Your Calendars For Portlandia’s Premiere

With all the buzz generating about the great new comedies (Larry Sanders! Mr. Show! Ben Stiller!) joining the IFC schedule in January 2011, let’s not forget the incredible original programming we are also launching. The Onion News Network and Portlandia will premiere back-to-back on January 21, 2011 at 10 and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. As we…

SNL Fans Prepare for ‘Portlandia’

Article: SNL Fans Prepare for ‘Portlandia’

IFC has greenlit “Portlandia,” an original comedy series that lovingly skewers illustrates the people and values of Portland, Ore. We’re guessing a lot of recycling, rain gear, and coffee drinking will be happening. Fred Armisen of “Saturday Night Live” fame and Carrie Brownstein, the vocalist/guitarist from Portland band Sleater-Kinney, will star in the series, alongside…

James Franco sketches out “Saturday Night.”

Article: James Franco sketches out “Saturday Night.”

Reviewed at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. James Franco’s student film for NYU’s graduate program was originally intended to be a portrait of “Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader, but “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels had other ideas. In a short video played before the start of “Saturday Night,” Franco’s full-length look at the venerable NBC…

The Five Worst Films Based on Comedy Sketches

Article: The Five Worst Films Based on Comedy Sketches

When it comes to the family of films based on comedy sketches, “Saturday Night Live” is Don Corleone, though in terms of quality, a more apt analogy might be Fredo, as the venerable late-night staple is responsible for some of the most inept cinematic yukfests of the past two decades. In the ’90s alone, a…

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