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Portlandia Tour: Kumail Nanjiani heads to a chicken halfway house

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As we wait for a new episode of Portlandia to air, we find ourselves looking for ways to fill the time until Friday at 10/9c. We’re making doilies and micro-separating our recycling into different shades of green, brown and clear glass (yes there are shades of clear) and, of course, dusting our vagina pillows. Luckily, Kumail Nanjiani is here with another installment of Kumail Tours Portland to keep us entertained until we get to see the latest episode in Portlandia’s brand new third season.

In the continuing adventures of Kumail in Portland, Kumail heads to Peeps Unlimited, a sort of halfway house for retired chickens and ducks located a few miles outside of Portland. Watch a brand new installment of Kumail Tours Portland and be sure to tune in to a new episode of Portlandia on Friday at 10/9c:

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Watch as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein help rename a street in Portlandia

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The third season of Portlandia kicked off last Friday with a double helping of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show. During the back-to-back episodes we welcomed back Toni and Candace, Peter and Nance, The Mayor, and, of course, Fred and Carrie. Did you miss it? Don’t worry, check here for your chance to catch a repeat performance.

During last Friday’s premiere, we saw Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein tackling one of those pesky civic problems that every community must deal with: Re-naming city streets. Unfortunately, though, in Portlandia, everyone has a lot of ideas and everyone loves a good compromise. And as you can see in the photo above, compromise makes for a very long street name.

Watch a clip from season three’s premiere and tune in for a new episode of Portlandia on Friday at 10/9c:

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

Meet The Portlandia Co-Op: Chris Todd

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As the new season of Portlandia gets underway, and a new episode airs each Friday at 10/9c, 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 is Chris Todd, our inaugural guest tweeter:

When you follow along with @IFCportlandia this week, you’ll be chatting with him.

Name, city of residence and occupation

Chris Todd, Silver Spring Maryland (or Washington DC, if I want to sound cooler), Federal Contractor in Intelligence Community

Do you recycle? Compost? Bring your own bag?

I definitely recycle, but answering the rest will make me sound like a bad person.

Have you ever been to Portland?

Not once, but it’s nothing I have against Portland. I’ve just never traveled west of the Mississippi.

Who is your favorite character on Portlandia?

Every character Kumail Nanjiani plays, which I guess is the same character each time but with different props.

Which character do you think you are most like?
I’m probably most like the Mayor. I wear ties to work but I’m dying to be creative.

What is your most Portlandian trait?

I can’t say that I’m all that Portlandian, but I’m striving to become more so. I do love brunch though. Probably it’s the brunch thing.

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

I have a passion for television and IFC/Portlandia is everything I love about it. I just wanted to be as close to the action as possible and maybe showcase my creative side for a larger audience than I’m used to.

What’s your favorite sketch?

This is a hard question, but I have to say Hide and Seek. I’m not a good hider.

Have you ever waited in line for brunch?

DC doesn’t generally have many lines for Brunch, at least not at the places I can afford. So, no. But I would.

What’s your prediction for season three?

It will be great, funny, and keep way too many people inside their homes on a Friday night. In a good way.

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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