DID YOU READ

Coming Soon: Portlandia The Book

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Did you read? Did you read? Did you read? From Toni and Candace in Women and Women First to the competitive reading of the “Did you read?” sketch, much of the world of Portlandia revolves around books. With such an obvious love of books, it only makes sense that publishers would eventually come knocking on Portlandia’s door.

Sure enough, on November 20, Hachette imprint Grand Central Publishing will release “PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors.” The guide will be written like a traditional travel book, but instead of recommending a reasonably priced diner in Oaxaca, it will lead readers through the Portlandia’s landmarks, restaurants, and, undoubtedly, book stores in the same weird and wonderful tone that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have developed in their sketch comedy show.

The book was acquired by Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor who said, “Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein,
Bill Oakley and Jon Krisel have created such a unique, surreal world in Portlandia, and the book
will allow fans to explore that world even further.” A world we can only assume involves some serious competitive reading:

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“Portlandia” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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That's What She Said

5 Times Cameron Esposito Preached the Truth

Join Cameron Esposito for a Maron live Tweet tonight starting at 9P EST.

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As anyone who has caught her stand-up act or one of her many late appearances knows, Cameron Esposito is one of the most honest comedians working today. With Cameron returning to Maron this week during Marc’s amends tour, we thought we’d look back at some of the times she told truth to power, whether that be the former host of The Tonight Show or a patriarchy that finds women’s bodies “yucky.”

5. “I mentioned that like me and all lesbians everywhere, Jay loves denim.”

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4. “Sir, there is no chance that you are less into me than I am into you.”


3. Failure Is Just Practice For Success.

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2. Guns Don’t Kill People. Knives Do.

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1. The Most Epic Period Joke Ever Told.



Follow @ifc to join Cameron Esposito’s live-Tweet of tonight’s brand new Maron
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Lauren Laughkus

5 Lauren Lapkus Characters That Prove She’s a Comedy Superstar

Celebrate 100 episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang! Friday July 1st starting at 11P on IFC.

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Outside of comedy circles, Lauren Lapkus is best known for her roles in Jurassic World and Orange is The New Black, aka Oranges, the New Black. Since IFC is inside of the comedy circles, we know her best from her wide range of characters on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and talk show.

Many of Lapkus’ characters have grown out of podcasts (CB!B!, With Special Guest) resulting in only a few making the leap to television. To continue our celebration of CB!B!‘s 100th episode, we’ve made a list of the top 5 Lauren Lapkus characters lucky enough to exist in a visual medium.

1. Harmony Moonglass

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Harmony Moonglass entered our lives alongside Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) on the Comedy Bang! Bang! couch where she lead Scott, Thomas, and Reggie through a guided meditation session. They pictured tranquil trees, cuddly squirrels, and the near reconciliation of a long lost love. Unfortunately, Scott couldn’t take the talk out of his talk show and kept ruining everyone’s meditative high. Middleditch and Lapkus later partnered again on the CB!B! podcast to create new fan favorite characters, the kid detectives.


2. Big Sue

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The Comedy Bang! Bang! set is no stranger to entrepreneurial guests. Lots of business owners have graced Scott Aukerman’s talk show looking to receive the patented CB!B! bump. Big Sue came to the show in an entrepreneurial class of her own, with her business “Carpets and Rugs, Down There.” Due to a pizza-fueled incident, her entire inventory is full of soaking wet carpets and rugs. She’s still looking to sell her first carpet if you’re in the market.


3. Sarah from Date-zaster

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Not every CB!B! character gets the privilege of sitting on the couch to receive one of Scott Aukerman’s famous interview questions. For those without couch privileges, the second best thing is to be in one of Scott’s new television or movie projects. In his new prank show, Date-zaster, Lapkus plays the role of an actress playing the role of a Date-zaster victim. It’s a small, but complex role that Lapkus plays with nuance and grace.


4. Todd

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While Todd certainly exists in the CB!B! universe, as Scott’s live-in nephew, he has yet to appear on the TV show. Despite his absence on CB!B!, he did appear onscreen in Lapkus’ episode of the aptly named Netflix show, The Characters. Like any kid whose age is “middle school,” two of Todd’s favorite things are cursing and his mom. Since Todd now has a taste for show business, here’s hoping he’s up for a future episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!.


5. Whitney Peeps

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We were introduced to Lapkus’ Whitney Peeps in a CB!B! episode that also features Kevin Smith and a donkey pretending to be Stevie Wonder. Overcoming the star power of those two, Lapkus shines through as an international philanthropist who will only give back to the community if she wins a contest, gets paid, or is somehow rewarded in any manner. As Smith points out, it’s very self-serving, but Whitney Peeps isn’t someone who would let something like that slow her down.

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Dear Judd

Judd Hirsch’s 5 Best Lovable Curmudgeon Roles

Judd Hirsch returns to Maron this Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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Whether it’s blockbusters like Independence Day or his role as Marc’s dad Larry on Maron, Judd Hirsch has done it all, becoming one of the most recognizable actors of our time. With Larry joining Marc on his post-rehab amends tour this week, we thought we’d look back at just a few of our favorite roles from Judd Hirsch’s nearly five decades in entertainment.

5. John Lacey, Dear John

’80s kids likely remember this show’s catchy theme song (listen to it above and try not to sing along) which still pops into our head when we least expect it. The story of a divorcee who seeks solace in the arms of a support group for lonely people, Dear John ran for four seasons on NBC, including a couple where it followed Cheers on the Peacock Network’s once powerhouse Thursday night line-up. It’s best remembered today for a solid ensemble that included Hirsch and Breaking Bad‘s Jere Burns. And for that theme song, which we will be humming even on our death beds.


4. Julius Levinson, Independence Day/Independence Day: Resurgence

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Has there ever been a less likely action movie star than lapsed rabbi Julius Levinson, back in theaters this summer after a 20-year hiatus? With his kvetching and parental concern in the midst of an alien invasion, Hirsch stands out by providing humor and heart in a pair of movies in dire need of both. Somehow, he manages to take a Jackie Mason impression and imbue it with enough humanity to hold his own against citywide explosions and Will Smith one-liners.


3. Larry, Maron

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As Marc’s estranged former doctor dad who now peddles homemade erection pills, Hirsch’s Larry Maron helps connect the dots on why our neurotic hero has turned out the way he has. Playing Maron Sr. as a RV-dwelling womanizer who only visits when he needs something, Hirsch is clearly having the time of his life on the show, even if Marc isn’t. But then again, who wants to see happy Marc?


2. Bill Herndon, Damages

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As Bill Herndon, a former high powered lawyer who’s sunk into depression and addiction since being disbarred, Hirsch got one of the meatiest roles of his career. The part was originally envisioned as a guest star, but once the showrunners saw the sparks Hirsch was bringing, they kept writing more and more for his character.


1. Alex Reiger, Taxi

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The role that made him a household name, Hirsch’s Alex Reiger was the pragmatic center of the classic sitcom Taxi that all the other oddballs and weirdoes circled around. The protagonist of a true ensemble, Reiger wasn’t as flamboyant as dopey Tony, stoned Revered Jim or sweet natured foreigner Latka. But with his heart, compassion and killer deadpan, playing Alex would help win Hirsch two Emmys.

Check out a scene from this week’s brand new Maron below:

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