Season 6, Episode 6: TADA

Put a Thing on It

5 Crafting Tips From Portlandia’s Bryce and Lisa

Catch Bryce and Lisa's latest creation on an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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The folks of Portlandia are a crafty lot, typically covered with loose seashells and macrame. But if you’re just starting out in the crafting scene and feel lost every time you enter a Michaels store, here are a few tips from the home-industrious duo, Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman (played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein). Catch their latest creations on a brand new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

1. Science Lab Furniture for Men!

For men who haven’t brushed up on their feng shui, decorating a home can be a perplexing affair — until the rise of science lab furniture. Erlenmeyer flask from the early 1900s? Perfect! Surplus dentist chair from the Taft administration? Dynamite! Just keep an eye on your bank balance and you should be fine.


2. Dead Pets!

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Zoos and animal sanctuaries are exorbitantly expensive to run, but they become financially viable once you eliminate unnecessary costs such as food, shelter, medicine, etc. The armchair zookeeper in all of us can surround him or herself with a beautiful menagerie with jut one key component: they have to have passed on to the great animal kingdom in the sky.


3. Pickle That!


Like nature’s formaldehyde, pickle juice preserves a food (or any inedible product) so its essence is saved on a shelf for an indefinite amount of time. And like the two-headed pig fetus at a state fair, the contents of a pickle juice jar are rarely if ever something you’d care to eat. Nevertheless, you can pickle that!


4. Put a Bird on It!

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What is it about our feathered friends that look great on a tote bag? Science has attempted to answer the question, but rather than wait for the lab results, follow Bryce and Lisa’s advice to simply put a bird on it. Your gravy boat looks bare without one.


5. Rent It Out!

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In this post-economic crash economy, total ownership is an obsolete concept, which is why the fiscally minded are opting for borrowing goods and services for a rental fee. And with this burgeoning market unlikely to ever burst, anyone looking for a few extra dollars can — like Bryce and Lisa say — rent it out!

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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