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10 Awesome Things Carrie Brownstein Did in 2015

Carrie Brownstein returns to Portlandia starting January 21st at 10P on IFC.

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Writer, producer, actor, and bonafide rock star Carrie Brownstein has had an amazing year. Overstuffed with creative projects and lauded collaborations that span music, literature, comedy, and yes, even matrimony, 2015 has seen Carrie’s work explode and disseminate throughout the pop culture landscape with overwhelming critical acclaim. Heck, she’s even an emoji.

Here are Carrie Brownstein’s 10 best moments of 2015.

1. The goth-tastic fifth season of Portlandia

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Wrapping up their fifth season in March and gearing up for the sixth next month, Carrie and comedy cohort Fred Armisen continue to earn praise from fans and critics for their incisive and hyper-literate skewering of hipster culture and beyond. Few social commentators truly nail the quirks and foibles of modern society quite like Portlandia.


2. Releasing her memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

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Released in October, Carrie Brownstein’s memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl covers her complicated relationship with her parents, her whirlwind life on tour, and the co-creation of the Peabody-winning series Portlandia. The book has garnered rave reviews and offers a glimpse of a person who’s accomplished so much.


3. Sleater-Kinney’s long-awaited No Cities to Love album

As if the accolades for her TV and non-fiction work wasn’t enough, Carrie ensured yet another spot on year-end “best of” lists with her band’s latest release No Cities to Love. A decade since their last album, Sleater-Kinney once again wowed fans and critics with 10 raw, emotional tracks and was honored by 40+ outlets for releasing one of the best records of 2015.


4. Her role in Todd Haynes’ acclaimed film Carol

Carrie’s unstoppable work continued with the universally praised independent film Carol. Directed by venerated auteur Todd Haynes, the film is set in 1952 New York City and focuses on a young woman’s infatuation with an older woman going through a divorce. As Genevieve Cantrell, Carrie fills the supporting role with aplomb and rounds out the cast of a movie that’s already earned dozens of awards, over a hundred nominations, and is listed at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.


5. Her live Q&As with Questlove, Amy Poehler and more

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The whirlwind book tour for Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl took Carrie across the country, where she talked about her memoir and career with everyone from Gaby Hoffmann to Amy Poehler. Her Brooklyn stop at Saint Vitus bar featured a lively Q&A with Questlove from The Roots and The Tonight Show, where the duo bonded over Madonna and the TV show The Affair.


6. Hanging out with Gaby Hoffmann on Transparent

As Amazon’s most acclaimed series, Transparent joins the ever-growing number of online programs that push the boundaries of scripted entertainment. So, of course, Carrie’s a part of it, too. As Syd Feldman, she plays Ali Pfefferman’s (Gaby Hoffmann) acerbic lifelong friend and source of comfort amidst her turbulent family.


7. Her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

In October, Carrie dropped by the Ed Sullivan Theater as a guest on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show to chat about her memoir and offer up a selection from her true passion, traditional English folk ballads. In the clip above, the singer croons her way through a cripplingly maudlin tune about death and sorrow.


8. Officiating a wedding alongside Amy Poehler

Appearing at a live Q&A led by comedy dynamo Amy Poehler, Carrie was asked by two audience members if she could officiate an impromptu wedding. And she, being an ordained minister, was happy to oblige. Even with no speech prepared, Carrie still pulled off an amazingly heartfelt ceremony in front of a crowd who witnessed firsthand that this woman can do anything.


9. Getting miniaturized on Archer

This year, FX’s hilariously loopy animated series Archer welcomed the Portlandia star as a guest voice for a special two-parter season finale. Carrie plays Dr. Sklodowska who, along with the rest of Archer’s crew, is miniaturized and injected into a Russian defector’s body in a surreal parody of Fantastic Voyage. In the clip above, Carrie’s character is warned that warming up to Archer isn’t the wisest choice unless supplied with a heap of antibiotics.


10. Covering The B-52’s with Fred Armisen

Closing out 2015 with a string of live shows in New York City, Sleater-Kinney’s performance at Terminal 5 ended with a surprise appearance by Fred Armisen, who led the band in a pitch-perfect rendition of The B-52’s new wave hit “Rock Lobster.” Joyful and infectious, it was a beautiful topper to a year filled with amazing accomplishments for the Portlandia star.

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Forget Oscar

Find Your Spirit Animal

The Spirit Awards are LIVE this Saturday at 2p PT/5p ET.

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In just a few precious days, the greatest, most epic, most star-studded awards ceremony of the year comes to IFC.

And please, we’re definitely not talking about the Oscars. We’re talking about the Spirit Awards. Hosted by iconic comedy duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, it’s a relatively under-the-radar awards show with serious cred. And if the past is any indicator, we’re in for a wild night.

If you feel like doing your homework, you can find a full list of nominees and performance excerpts here. It reads like a who’s who of everyone that matters – those larger-than-life personalities with status that borders on mythological. Our celebrity spirit animals, if you will.

This isn’t hyperbole. Literally everyone who takes the stage at the awards show is spirit animal material. Let’s see if we can help you find yours…

Do you

Live in someone else’s shadow despite shining like the sun? Do you inexplicably vandalize your pretty-boy good looks with a sloppy-joe man bun and a repellent pubic-hair beard? Do you think sounding stoned and sounding thoughtful are kinda the same thing?

Congratulations, your spirit animal is Casey Affleck.

He’s the self-canonized patron saint of anyone who’s got the goods but doesn’t give a damn.

Do you

Have mid-length hair and exude a certain feminine masculinity that is universally appealing? Are you drawn to situations that promise little to nothing in the way of grooming or hygiene as a transparently self-conscious attempt to conceal your radiant inner glow? Does that fail miserably?

Way to go, your spirit animal is Viggo Mortensen.

He’s the yoga teacher of actors, in that what should make him super nasty only increases his curb appeal.

Do you

Get zero recognition for work that everyone knows is unrivaled? Do you inspire greatness in others yet get shortchanged when it comes to your own acclaim? Are you a goddam B-52 bomber in an industry of biplanes?

Bingo, your spirit animal is Annette Bening.

What does it take for this artist to win an Oscar? Honestly now, if her performance in 20th Century Women doesn’t earn her every award on the planet, consider it proof that the Universe truly is a cold dark void absent of reason or compassion.

Do you

Walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with a room full of friends? Have you been hiding under the radar just waiting for the right moment to leap out into the spotlight and stay there FOREVER? Do you possess the almost messianic ability to elevate Shia LaBeouf’s on-screen charisma?

You guessed it (or not), your spirit animal is 100% Sasha Lane.

If you haven’t seen American Honey, then you haven’t heard of her. She came out of the blue with a performance both subtle and powerful, and now she’s going to be in all the movies from this moment on. Or she should be, at any rate.

Don’t see your spirit animal there? Worry not. There are many more nominees to choose from, and you can see them all (yes, including Shia LaBeouf) during the Independent Spirit Awards, this Saturday at 2pm PT/5pm ET only on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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