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Food Fight

10 Times Food Came to Life In Hilarious Fashion

The Noodle Monster hits the Portlandia season finale this Thursday at 10P.

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Portlandia‘s sixth season wraps up with a bang this Thursday at 10P ET/PT, as a viciously delicious Noodle Monster comes to town. Will anyone survive the monster’s onslaught? Does anyone want to get noodles for lunch? They’re so tasty! Whenever anthropomorphic food pops up in our favorite movies and TV shows, our stomachs start rumbling. From talking french fries to killer tomatoes, the living lunches on this list look good enough to eat.

10. Pizza the Hutt, Spaceballs



Our worst craving come to life, Pizza the Hutt, crime lord of the Spaceballs universe, is a sad reminder that we’d probably eat anything if we’re drunk enough. All oozing, bubbling cheese and dangling pepperoni, this living slice brought us nightmares back in the ’80s, and now just make us hungry.

9. Tomatoes, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

If the “Killer Tomato” movies teach us anything, it’s that everything wants to kill us. Even dinner. Also, that George Clooney looks pretty great with a mullet.

8. Can of Vegetables, Wet Hot American Summer

USA Films

USA Films

What makes a true friend? Judging by the bond Gene the cook (Christopher Meloni) and a can of vegetables (voiced by Jon Benjamin) share, friendship means never being ashamed of your true passions. If you want to smear mud on your butt, go for it. If you can, er, pleasure, um, yourself, tell the world. We do have to admit, we’ve never been as confused by the anatomy of a tin can, though.

7. Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Adult Swim

Adult Swim

Fans of the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force would recognize this happy meal anywhere. Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad began life as crime fighters, but quickly tired of the grind, and just started hanging around and going on bizarre adventures. There was no rhyme or reason to their show, outside of the fact that it always gave us the munchies.

6. The Stuff

It seems impossible to keep up with what’s good for you these days. One minute you’re supposed to avoid fatty foods, the next you have to eat the “good” fat. Kale is a superfood, but don’t eat too much or you’ll die. And “The Stuff,” the titular villain of this 1985 schlockfest, was supposed to do a body good, but instead ate your brain and turned you into a killer zombie. Forget it, we’re just going to eat whatever we want.

5. Mutton Vindaloo Beast, Red Dwarf



When the boys from the British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf tried to turn a mutton vindaloo into a chicken vindaloo, they unwittingly created a monster. Immune to bazookas, and able to eat through solid steel, it seemed impossible to stop. That is, until they remembered “the only thing which can kill a vinadloo.” Beer! Whether you’ve got some spicy takeout or a rampaging beast, a nice, cool lager will always do the trick.

4. Singing Food, The Muppets

The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company

Jim Henson specialized in bringing surprising things to life, from sexy pigs to talking doorknockers, but his menagerie of singing fruits and vegetables always felt like the perfect healthy snack in the middle of some Muppets anarchy.

3. The Lord Our God Ice Cream Sundae, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

With the production value of a ’70s porno, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter didn’t exactly break box office records, but it did have one of the weirdest talking food scenes we’ve ever seen. Part acid trip, part schizophrenic episode, God choosing to communicate with his vampire hunting son through a bowl of talking ice cream made us feel like it might be time to get back on the meds.

2. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Ghostbusters

Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures

Poor Ray. All he had to do was clear his mind. Instead, one thought kept popping up. The most harmless thing imaginable. Something from his childhood. Something that could never, ever destroy the whole world. Stay Puft, a living, breathing marshmallow. If the world has to end, at least let the flames of hell smell like s’mores.

1. The Hamburger, Better Off Dead

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

Savage Steve Holland’s 1985 comedy opus Better Off Dead brought us a lot of surreal visuals and bizarre moments. But the one that’s always stood out was John Cusack’s Frankenstein burger come to life, rocking out to the sweet licks of Van Halen. It’s alive! And it rocks!

Get a sneak peek of Portlandia’s Noodle Monster! 


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…