Portlandia Season 4 Kicks Off This Thursday at 10/9c


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Start pickling your celery and concocting celery-based cocktails, because Portlandia returns to IFC this Thursday, Feb 27 at 10pm ET/PT.

The new 10-episode season of the sketch comedy show created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, features some familiar faces such as Mayor Kyle MacLachlan, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr., Steve Buscemi, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), Kumail Nanjiani, cult leader Jason Sudeikis and director Gus Van Sant. Plus look for new guest stars like Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Jello Biafra, Paul Allen and many more.

Clear your schedule for Thursday and we’ll see you in Portlandia.

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


Face Melting Cameos

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.

See Fred Armisen, John Oliver and More Chat for Charity


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If you’re in New York, clear your calendar on March 5th for a good cause.

826NYC, which provides free writing and literacy programs to kids, is staging a 10th Anniversary Spectacular and they invited some of our favorite people to help celebrate. The fundraiser is hosted by Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman and will pair Kurt Anderson with documentarian Ken Burns, John Oliver and Questlove, and Portlandia star Fred Armisen with the audience for a series of live conversations. If that’s not enough, more guests are going to be announced.

All proceeds support 826NYC’s free writing and literacy programs. Get tickets here.

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

Meet Jason Polan, an Artist Drawing Portlandia One Sketch at a Time


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Humorless art is OVER. To celebrate the return of Portlandia, artist Jason Polan will be drawing highlights from each episode of the show’s fourth season, which will be featured on IFC.com. Jason is known for his black-and-white illustrations, which have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times and many other publications. He’s also made a name for himself by leading the Taco Bell Drawing Club – a group of artists who gather in Taco Bells around the country. IFC spoke with Jason about the Drawing Club, his upcoming illustrations and his mission to draw every person in New York.

1. What inspired you to start the Taco Bell Drawing Club?

I had been spending a lot of time drawing at Taco Bell, and I thought it would be fun to draw with other people there too.

2. What is it about Taco Bell that brings out your creativity?

The food maybe? Or the people that are there while I am drawing? Or the music that is playing? I bet it is a combination of those things.
An illustration of "The Celery Incident" - a sketch from Portlandia 403.

3. Your mission is to draw everyone in NY. Sometimes you pick people at random, other times they specifically ask for one. Have you been surprised by a request?

People will usually mention a spot that is pretty normal, like a street corner in Manhattan near where they live, or a park where they sit while eating lunch. Somebody told me to draw a person at a place near the airport once, but I was kind of scared and didn’t know how they were connected to the person so I didn’t draw them. Most of the spots have been fairly normal, though, and I am usually pretty excited to go and try and find the person to draw them.

4. Did drawing every piece of art at the MoMA teach you anything about modern art – or art in general?

I hope so. I did the project twice. I think it taught me a lot about myself. How I look at things or how I deal with being in a crowded place or how long I can work on something with an ending I can see, but is pretty far away at the beginning. I enjoyed spending so much time looking at the collection. I also noticed a bit about how people look at art. How close they are to a piece or how long they look at it. There are different pieces in the museum that people tend to interact with in different ways. It is fun to watch the people (so many people visit the museum each day) and to look at the art. I love that museum.

5. How long have you been a fan of Portlandia?

Since the beginning!

An illustration of "The Celery Incident" - a sketch from Portlandia 403.

6. How do you plan on capturing the spirit of the show in your drawings?

I am not quite sure. I am working on the drawings right now and am having a lot of fun. There are particular things that I like drawing a lot of (hairstyles and the dogs in the Portland Pet Haven scenes) but I also like drawing random things that surprise me (venus flytraps eating bacon) and just random things in the background I like and hope other people notice too.

7. After you draw everyone in NY, and recap Season 4 of Portlandia, what will your next artistic mission be?

I will probably take a nap or go on a vacation to Miami.

An illustration of "The Celery Incident" - a sketch from Portlandia 403.

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