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The Force Is With Bill

Spoiler Alert! Bill Hader Has a Fun Connection to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Documentary Now! star helped with the creation of a Star Wars: The Force Awakens character.

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From the very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one plucky character rolled into our hearts and eventually our Christmas stockings. Of course, we’re referring to BB-8 — or as podcast maven Paul F. Tompkins calls it: Ball Droid. Described as a “Swiss Army Knife that shouldn’t be trusted,” the ambling robot conveys an impish optimism and playful loyalty that’s already charmed millions.

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But as we head towards the film’s release, the question on everyone’s mind is, “Who voiced the little guy?” Well, thanks to a scoop from HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, we can credit two familiar comedic actors for helping create the spherical bot’s sound as BB-8’s “Vocal Consultants.”

After his name was spotted in the credits, Documentary Now! co-creator and star Bill Hader revealed that he helped director J.J. Abrams devise the character’s robotic voice. According to Hader, the character was created using modern technology and good old-fashioned voice acting:

“JJ f***ing around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me. It looked ridiculous but it made BB-8’s voice. At first I tried doing a voice, but we all agreed it sounded too human.”

It’s still unclear how much of Hader’s influence is retained in the final print. But Abrams superfans will note that this wouldn’t be the first time Hader has helped the Lost producer with vocal work — Hader is also credited as providing additional voices for Abrams’ 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, so clearly there is some sound booth camaraderie between the two.

However, Hader isn’t the only one listed as a vocal consultant for Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The hilarious Parks and Recreation actor and frequent Comedy Bang! Bang! guest Ben Schwartz also shares the title. But again, the level of involvement he had or the manner in which he “consulted” is still unclear.

Hopefully, both will find themselves opposite a Fallon or an Aukerman to share a few Star Wars anecdotes. In the meantime, here’s Hader regaling Conan and his audience with some killer impressions from a galaxy far, far away.

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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