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Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne and more come to Portlandia for season three

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Guess what? Everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show Portlandia is almost back! Yep, in the words of Spyke: The hiatus is OVER, or it will be on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, when we head back to Portlandia for the third season of the Emmy-nominated comedy series created by and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

Joining the cast of beloved Portlandia characters for the third season of the hit sketch comedy show are some extra special guest stars. Helping make up the dreamy rendering of Portland, OR. this season are Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids), the band Dirty Projectors, Jim Gaffigan (Flight of the Conchords, Bored to Death), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Juliette Lewis (“Conviction,” “Natural Born Killers”), Matt Lucas (Little Britain), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), tennis champion Martina Navratilova, Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”) and George Wendt (Cheers).

They will be joined by Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story, Big Love) who as previously announced will be moving in with Fred and Carrie as their new roommate, Alexandra. Some of Portlandia’s most memorable friends, including Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day”), Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives, Twin Peaks) and Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash) will be returning for season three.

In addition to the premiere in January, fans will receive an early all-new pre-premiere episode Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:30pm ET/PT, which will also be available on IFC.com, the Portlandia Facebook page and iTunes the next day. In this episode, Fred and Carrie reveal a Portlandia season fans have never seen before… wintertime.

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Portlandia returns to IFC with Winter in Portlandia on Friday, December 14th at 10:30/9:30c

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Watch the book trailer for Portlandia: A Guide For Visitors

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We know that our favorite sketch comedy show Portlandia has made the city of Portland, Oregon, look pretty darn exciting what with all the mixology, scenic outdoor spaces, marionberry pancakes, live relaxing music, eco-conscious citizenry and incredibly polite society. So we’re not surprised that people want to visit the fair city’s feminist bookstores, local food establishments and fine retailers. We’re not surprised you want to visit and we’re here to help.

Introducing Portlandia: A Guide For Visitors, a comprehensive guide to all restaurants and food carts, including extensive use of symbols to signify Vegan, Freegan, Sea-gan, Wheelchair-Accessible, Skateboard-Accessible, Segway-Accessible, Clothing Optional, Polyamorous, LGBTQ, Dog-Friendly (No cats), Cat-Friendly (No dogs or mice) Mouse-Friendly (No cats or elephants), For Dogs (only), Regionally-Sourced Food, Regionally-Sourced Waitstaff, and House-Sourced Food (Born/dies on plate). You already know what hotel to stay at, where to hide and where to eat breakfast. This guidebook tells you the best of the rest. Be sure to check out a preview of the book here.

Portlandia: A Guide For Visitors, written by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who know Portlandia best, is available wherever books are sold, including the following online retailers: Amazon.com, BN.com, and IndieBound.org. So come visit Portlandia, but bring your guidebook and don’t forget your bag.

Want to know more? Watch the book trailer:

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* Please note, and point out to your best friend, that this book is printed on 130% recycled paper in a peanut-free, smoke-free plant by local workers in a friendly and fair environment, free of sudden noises and unnatural light.

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @IFCPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia returns to IFC with Winter in Portlandia on Friday, December 14th at 10:30/9:30c

Watch the first clip from Portlandia Season 3, returning Jan 4 at 10/9c

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Portlandia’s second season was great. It started with a mixed drink that Andy Samberg made for Carrie Brownstein and it ended with Fred and Carrie waiting in line for brunch, waiting for Mayor Kyle Maclachlan to kayak his way over, and Tim Robbins was meting out judgment to line skippers, and Ed Begley Jr. trying to get people in his diner and Candace and Toni yelling at everyone.

Those were fun times, but after watching all the episodes Battlestar Galactica style, we’ve already worn out our DVD. Luckily, the third season of Portlandia is almost here! Are you ready for a brand new season of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show? Are you excited for all new adventures with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein? Of course you are, and we are too. Portlandia is returning on January 4 with two all-new back-to-back episodes beginning at 10/9c, and we can’t wait to see what some of our favorite characters are up to now and to meet a whole new group of residents from the fair city of Portlandia (including Fred and Carrie’s new roommate Chloë Sevigny). And if that wasn’t enough, an all-new “Winter in Portlandia” episode will also air Friday, December 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

With no further ado, here is the first clip from the third season of Portlandia:

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Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like us on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter at @IFCPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia Season Three premieres January 4 at 10/9c.

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