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Fred and Carrie Reveal the Meaning of “A-O River!” and More on Reddit

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In their continuing quest to get the entire world jumping up and down in excitement simultaneously and tip the world on its axis long enough for Portland to have four extra days of sunshine a year, Portlandia co-stars, co-creators, co-writers and co-producers Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein did a Reddit AMA yesterday.

You should read the whole thing (here), but these are some of the best parts:

Peter and Nancy are my favorite characters on the show. What was the inspiration for Peter’s pasta addiction and will they go anymore adventures like starting a B&B??

Fred: That came from a real dinner that Carrie and I had in Los Angeles. And we were looking at the menu, and we just thought “well obviously we can’t order pasta, so I guess we have to order this.” So we started talking about, why do we have to avoid pasta so much? So it was more that we were weighing the difference between the difference between enjoying life and really living, or ordering salmon.

Carrie: or salad. And we talked about how, on our deathbeds, we aren’t going to say “I’m so glad I ate so many salads.” And then we watched jealously while this hearty Australian couple at a giant bowl of pasta. And were really unhappy.
Fred: I forgot about that.

Carrie: We sat and watched it like porn.

Fred, have you ever “touched Bill Hader’s butt?”

Fred: I think the question is, have I ever NOT touched Bill Hader’s butt? Frequently, often, and SNL can often be stressful, so a good butt massage…

Carrie: My question is: Cheeks, crack or anus?

Fred: My question is: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday? Any day will do.

Will there be a dream of the 1790s?

Fred: That’s not a bad idea.

Carrie: I don’t think they had dreams in the 1790s.

Fred: It was a very transitional time. They were just getting over the revolutionary war.

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited for brunch?

Carrie: Probably 45 really angry minutes.

Fred: Same, probably the same brunch as Carrie. I’ve been so angry that I’ve left to go get food at diners.

Was that chicken’s name actually Colin or was that just a stage name?

Fred: The chicken is in CAG (the Chicken Actor’s Guild) so… we can only use his legal name for credit.

Carrie: Fred and I both dated Colin for a bit.

Fred: And please, nobody freak out about this. It’s 2014, love is love, we’re not marrying Colin, we didn’t have any babies, but it’s modern times.

Fred, has anyone ever told you that you have beautiful eyes?

Carrie: All the time! All the time people do! That’s why he had to start wearing glasses, because it was distracting people. Imagine two unicorns walking around. That’s what Fred’s eyes are like.

Fred: My eyes are like two unicorns tied together.

Did you ever figure out what A-O River! meant?

Fred: It’s almost like “attention! This way! I’m here! This is my location!” Carrie made it up.

Carrie: My dream is that a river rafting guide uses it in their prep talk. Or that somebody announces that before they start their period.

What is the dream of the 90s?

Fred: Lollapalooza for ever, and ever and ever. Mainstage, side stage, all of it.

Carrie:
I think the 90s had this…monolithic quality to them. Because it was pre-9/11, and everybody thought we were veering towards the Millenium, with all of these institutions in place, and the notion of the future was that it was going to keep getting bigger and better. It seems like a pre-anxiety decade to me.

What haven’t you pickled yet?

Fred: Pickles. We haven’t done a double pickle yet. Like we’ve never gotten a jar of pickles and picked that. Brand-new concept.

Carrie:
I’m not a huge fan of pickles. But I would be interested in pickling pizza. I would just take an entire pizza and pickle it. That’s one of the most disgusting things I can think of.

Fred:
You would need a big, huge, flat jar.

Fred, Can I borrow 20 bucks?

Carrie: I’m sorry Fred, I wrote that in.

Fred: I put that in your ATM. Go to your ATM and withdraw $20. That $20 is from me.

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Portlandia returns to IFC on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10/9c

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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