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Portlandia: Meet the Director Jonathan Krisel

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We’d like you to meet someone. Actually, we’d like you to meet a lot of people. That’s why we are kicking off a new series that takes you behind the scenes of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show and introduces you to the people who help make each episode of Portlandia from idea to what you see on your television screen. Up first is director Jonathan Krisel.

In addition to being Portlandia’s director, Jonathan helps write the series that he co-created with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. You may also recognize him from a few turns in front of the camera as well, for example when he played a VJ during the season three premiere when Spyke and Iris joined forces with a gang of former MTV stars to take back MTV from the Tweens. Jonathan has an illustrious resume featuring stints at Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, making films for FunnyorDie and directing digital shorts for Saturday Night Live. He now uses his prodigious talents on the set of Portlandia where he works tirelessly to make it the funniest sketch comedy show around.

So with no further ado, Meet the Director Jonathan Krisel:

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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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.

Kumail goes to Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts

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[Spoiler Alert: You’re going to want doughnuts when you finish watching this installment of Kumail Tours Portlandia]

Whenever people head to Portland, they first go pick up Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors and then they head straight to Voodoo Doughnuts. When the now world-famous doughnut shop was started by local legend and former mayoral candidate Tres Shannon, they had weird hours and even weirder doughnut flavors. Like, really weird. Like Nyquil-filled doughnut weird. While the FDA put the kibosh on that particular concoction, Voodoo Doughnut there are still a lot of crazy, delicious and crazy delicious doughnuts to try. Watch as Kumail and Portlandia extra extraordinaire Henry sit down with Tres to try all the doughnuts and be sure to tune in for a brand new episode of Portlandia on Friday at 10/9c:

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The dream of the 1890s is alive: Portlandia goes steampunk

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As you may recall, the Dream of the 1890s is alive in Portland. So obviously the residents of Portlandia are really into steampunk, which, in case you don’t know, Wikipedia helpfully defines as “a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.” Yeah, the dream of the 1890s is alive with the added kick of a brass steam engine.

Whether you’re a fan of the gnome race in World of War Craft, prone to watching “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” over and over again, or have Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” on repeat, steampunk has a lot to offer. Especially, if you don’t have a job. When steampunks aren’t re-enacting their favorite airship adventures, they are going to conventions (well, the steampunks that inhabit the world of Portlandia at least). Here’s Carrie getting ready for her big day at the steampunk convention with real members of the Rose City Steampunk Society, appropriately attired:

Watch as Portlandia tackles the steampunk world in this clip from last Friday’s episode and be sure to tune in for a brand new episode as season three continues on Friday at 10/9c:

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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