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The Birthday Boys: Mike Recaps “Goofy Roofers”

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By Mike Hanford

Not a lot of people know this about me but I love taking vacations. LOVE it. I’m on one right now as a matter of fact. I’m typing this recap from a hammock, swaying in the breeze, listening to the tepid waters of the Pacific lap against this black sands of this all but deserted Tahitian beach. My troubles are miles away, not a care in the world. Sounds nice, huh?

But you didn’t come here to hear about my relaxing vay-cay. (Which I got for a STEAL online. All-inclusive, flight, airfare, meals, everything for only 600 bucks. INSANE right?!) You came here for a recap of The Birthday Boys second episode “Goofy Roofers.” And that’s cool too.

So, this episode is chock-full of fun. First off, there’s a sketch about some roofers who are a little “nutty” to say the least. Then we have a piece about a rapper spouting off about the state of the union. Before I continue, I have to mention the flight I took over here. First class. Roundtrip. No layovers. That doin’ anything for ya?! Honestly, I don’t know how I scored this deal. I really don’t! I guess I was just in the right place at the right time. I know what you’re thinking. “No way you got a first class flight included in that $600 online deal!” Oh yeah? Then where did I get all the hot towels, bub? Dang I’m lucky! Anyway, to get back on track, Episode 2 also had a sketch about a group of guys chit-chatting about the types of women they are attracted to. Amazing stuff! I’m referring of course to the travel deals I scored. The sketches were good too but nowhere close to these deals, baby!

The episode also had sketches about two buds on a road trip and a dean dealing with a rowdy frat. But what I REALLY liked about this episode wasn’t a sketch at all. And It wasn’t even in this episode. It was the complimentary surf lesson the hotel sprung on me when I checked in yesterday! I used the free lesson coupon today and boy did I have a blast. Now, I’ve never set foot on a surfboard but my instructors, Jason and Kelly (They’re taking a semester off to teach surfing in Tahiti. Not important. Also, I think they might be dating? Also, not important) were really helpful. By the end of the day I was cruising in on 3 footers. They both said I was a natural!

Hey, can I be honest with you? My heart’s really not in this recap at the moment. I’m sitting here, watching this impossibly orange sun melt into the liquid horizon and my mind is drifting this way and that. Having a tough time focusing on this recap… sorry.

But I’ll end with this. If you haven’t seen Episode 2 of The Birthday Boys titled “Goofy Roofers,” go watch it. And if you HAVE seen it, go take a vacation. They’re great!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m goin’ for a skinny dip!

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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.

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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