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Meet the Portlandia Co-Op: Jim McHugh

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As you are aware, the third season of Portlandia is underway with a new episode airing each Friday at 10/9c. To celebrate the welcome return of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show, we are yielding control of the @IFCportlandia Twitter feed to a few lucky, talented members of the Portlandia Co-Op, a community where fans can join together to support their favorite show. Each week we’ll take a few minutes to introduce you to the fans who are operating behind-the-scenes to make @ifcPortlandia the destination for Portlandia fans on Twitter.

This week Jim McHugh, pictured here with his lovely wife Erin, is taking the reins of @IFCportlandia:

Jim answered a few questions before taking control:

Name, city of residence and occupation

Jim McHugh, Woodbury, NJ (basically suburbs of Philly), freelance illustrator/teacher’s aide/novice Santa.

Do you recycle? Compost? Bring your own bag?

All three! Compost is the key–last summer we grew over 300 tomatoes on three plants! Yeah, compost!

Have you ever been to Portland?

No, but I have heard such good things. It seems like a good place to draw caricatures.

Who is your favorite character on Portlandia?

Spyke the bike messenger because he knows when things are OVER!

Which character do you think you are most like?

Peter, because I like to know where my food comes from. I don’t stutter like him, but I can be indecisive. Well, not really. OK, sometimes.

What is your most Portlandian trait?

My wife and I want to open a feminist design studio/art gallery/vintage resale food truck.

Why did you want to run Portlandia’s Twitter feed?

Because we are seriously considering moving there. We really love the show! Thought it’d be an interesting experience.

What’s your favorite sketch?

“The People Who Need a Housesitter for Two Hours,” guest-starring Aubrey Plaza.

Have you ever waited in line for brunch?

I haven’t, but I would. I love all foods that are breakfast-centric with a splash of lunch. I would never cut in line though.

We hear you’re thinking about moving to Portland… tell us more.

My cousin Keith, another creative-type, recently relocated from Philly and seems to be enjoying Portland life. Even though the show is full of characters, the people at least seem happy enough. We’re ready for positive changes, access to better food, and keeping the dream of the 90s alive. Portland seems to be home to like-minded people, which would be a nice change from where we live.

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

Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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