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The Sarah Silverman interview path to fame.

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We like Sarah Silverman as much as the next girl, though, we’d judge from recent conversations we’ve had, not nearly so much as the next guy. "Jesus is Magic," her concert film, opens this Friday and looks like fun. But Sarah, seriously, you’re burning through your underground hipness quota really quickly — five profiles in so many months? If you examine the following time-line and mentally attach your own circulation estimates, you can actually watch her become famous:

September: Tim Bennett talks to her for The Believer. It’s in your typically sensitive and somewhat twee Believer fashion, and is conducted over e-mail. Bedwetting is discussed.

Mid-September: Andrew Goldman interviews her for Radar, and asks the tough questions — the tough gossipy questions, about her calling her boyfriend fat and about how much sex she used to have. Accompanying: mock-Maxim photo. Bedwetting is discussed.

October 17: Dana Goodyear makes her the subject of a lengthy New Yorker profile — affirmation! As is typical for a New Yorker profile, descriptive choices cut both ways:

Silverman is thirty-four and coltish, with shiny black hair and a china-doll complexion. Her arms are long and her center of gravity is low: she is five feet seven, and moves like a vervet monkey.

Once again, bedwetting is discussed, but in a pathos-related way.

November 2: Robin Abcarian follows her from backstage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to her own stand-up gig at the Improv. Persona’s firmly in place, and no more bedwetting.

November 9: All business over the phone with Marcelle Clement for the New York Times. Once again, no bedwetting, but a few more details on the tough one-season stint 12 years ago at "Saturday Night Live" she doesn’t like to talk about.

While on the topic of the fine art of shocking comedy…A C Grayling at the Independent discusses the real Earl of Rochester (who will be played by Johnny Depp in the upcoming "The Libertine") and how, no matter how scandalous, the film will never live up to the man’s reality.

Rochester was a poet of great talent, a brave naval officer, a rampantly intemperate bisexual, a harvester of maidenheads, a pimp and bawd for his King, a Hooray Henry repeatedly involved in duels and brawls (at least one of which resulted in the murder of a citizen of London) – and he died a victim in 1680, aged just 33, of accumulated doses of both gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Dirty! In the trailer, which is up on the official site, the film brands itself "The Most Controversial Film of the Year!," which is a title that seems to be up for some debate in this fair 2005.

+ Sarah Silverman (Believer)
+ Comic Relief (Radar)
+ QUIET DEPRAVITY (New Yorker)
+ Almost nothing’s off limits for edgy Sarah Silverman. (LA Times)
+ Speaking Softly While Tromping on Taboos (NY Times)
+ Johnny Depp and the Libertines: The history behind his new role (Independent)

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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…