Season 6, Episode 4: Weirdos Go to the Beach

Freak Show

The 5 Freakiest Portlandia Characters

Catch up on Portlandia season six right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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With the season finale of Portlandia about to set loose a rampaging Noodle Monster on the residents of Portland, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the freakiest, creepiest and downright scariest characters to ever pop up on the show. Then again, with their blank-eyed commitment to artisanal twee living, most Portlandians freak us out a little bit. And that’s why we love them.

5. Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman

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If you’ve got a dead pet, or even just some sweet looking road kill, the good folks at Dead Pets will knock it back into shape for you. With their toothy grins and dapper duds, these two feel less like the proprietors of a mom-and-pop shop, and more like the owners of the Bates Hotel. Just remember they don’t work with sleeping pets, or fake pets. Just dead pets!


4. Radu

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IFC Originals

Glenn Danzig himself stopped by this season to remind Portlandia‘s resident Weirdos that a little beach time is good for the soul. Playing Radu, a Transylvanian with a superior knowledge of beach gear, Danzig brings a threatening vibe to this mysterious man in black. Even in PacSun shorts and reminding us that sometimes to have a good time you have to dress a little lame, Radu still managed to set off our freak radar.


3. Confused Ghosts

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IFC Originals

What’s scarier than housesitting a creepy old mansion, only to find you’re being haunted by a malevolent ghost? Well, what if that ghost was a misinformed, know-it-all who got all their news by half listening to MSNBC? That living nightmare came to life in the Season 4 premiere, as guest star Kirsten Dunst was subjected to two ghosts who nitpicked everything little thing she did. “Sitting is bad for you.” “I read it in the New York Times.” “Standing’s bad for you too.” “NPR!” Oh, the horror! The smug horror!


2. Gathy

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IFC Originals

No one plays intensely crazy better than Kristen Wiig. With her bug-eyed madness and way with a gun, she got to play the living embodiment of the fan whose favorite band suddenly went mainstream. All of a sudden you have to share them with a bunch of stupid jocks and dumb bimbos. The horrors! Well, Gathy with a “G” isn’t going to let that happen. Not again. Not after Pink slipped away from her. Not to Cat Nap, her favorite music trio featuring a live cat. They are staying in Portland. Forever!


1. The Weirdos Vince and Jacqulin

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Whether it’s at the beach or bringing in Paul Reubens to defend their lifestyle, the Weirdos let their freak flag fly in every occasion.

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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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