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6 Mad TV Stars that Became Mad Successful

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Remember MadTV? For all you young ‘uns out there, just sit quietly in the corner while we school you on a thing or two. MadTV was Fox’s answer to Saturday Night Live. While it wasn’t quite the juggernaut that SNL is, the lesser-known sketch show did spawn some people you definitely know and love. Here are some MadTV alum that outlasted the very show they came from.

6. Alex Borstein

Alex has done a lot of guest spots and voice work that you may or may not know, but she’s most famous for voicing everyone’s favorite animated sitcom mom, Lois Griffin. She’s also voiced plenty of other supporting characters on Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and pretty much every other hilarious and inappropriate animated show, but her role on HBO’s dark comedy Getting On is finally giving Alex the live-action critical success she deserves.

5. Andy Daly

Andy Daly joined the Mad TV cast in 2000 as a featured player. During his two-season tenure, he excelled as a character actor and go-to straight man, two skills that followed him into his post-MadTV career. He’s since appeared on Eastbound & Down, Comedy Bang! Bang! and the critically-acclaimed Review.

4. Key & Peele

Who doesn’t know Key & Peele? The comedy duo was making television infinitely funnier (and more ridiculous) since they started pairing up on MadTV. It was evident early on that these two were made for each other.

3. Simon Helberg

Long before Simon became known as nerdy, wannabe playboy Howard on Big Bang Theory, he was plying his goofy guy schtick on MadTV. What else was he doing? Mocking his future network’s then lineup with sketches like this one. (Catch Simon on Comedy! Bang! Bang! Friday at 11P.)

2. Taran Killam

Before Taran became one of the standouts on SNL, he honed his comedy chops on MadTV. It’s kinda weird to see him play the straight man considering how off-the-wall (and hysterical) he is on SNL now.

1. Ike Barinholtz

Prior to starring on The Mindy Project and Eastbound & Down, Barinholtz honed his penchant for out-there characters on MadTV, where he played characters like Rolfe Gruber and Lynette Scavo. Oh, and also he made out with Seth Meyers’ brother once.


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…