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Conan’s Finale (and Where Were Meg’s Drums?)

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For those that didn’t see Conan O’Brien’s Late Night finale on Friday night (or I guess Saturday morning), it was everything a finale can be (can’t think of anything he really left out).

After a lengthy standing ovation, Conan told a few jokes, released Abe Vigado back into the wild, viewed a video sent in from John Mayer (in which the singer told Conan that LA would eat him alive), demolished a set piece, ran a couple of hilarious video highlight montages, and kept the guests to a minimum–George Bush (aka Will Ferrell), Andy Richter (a Conan send-off wouldn’t have been complete without his former sideman), and The White Stripes.

It’s no secret that Conan has a special place in his heart for The White Stripes. As I told you on Friday, the band spent a week in 2003 as the musical guests on Late Night, and Conan returned the favor a couple years later by starring in the Stripes’ “Denial Twist” music video.

On Friday, Jack and Meg White were on hand to pay tribute to Conan’s 16 years on Late Night by being its final musical guest–a tremendous compliment to Conan, especially considering that The White Stripes are in between albums and haven’t toured in over a year.

Performing “Denial Twist” would have been a little cheesy for The White Stripes’ taste, so the group dipped into their back catalog and performed the sweet, gentle, and childlike, “We’re Going To Be Friends.” I thought it was a perfect song choice, but questionable execution.

Instead of taking her place behind her starlight-mint bass drum (that’s all she would have needed for this song), Meg played electric guitar alongside Jack’s acoustic, as they both sang into the same microphone. Jack’s arrangement sounded nothing like the original track, which felt more like a funeral dirge than a bittersweet send-off tune. Conan was moved nonetheless as he told Jack that the performance meant the world to him.

Conan closed out the night by shouting out his staff, the fans, his band, Lorne Michaels, David Letterman, and Jay Leno, and exited the Late Night studio through the audience, handing out pieces of the set he demolished earlier in the program.

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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

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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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