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The British are coming! — Izzard to host the 2010 Spirit Awards.

The British are coming! — Izzard to host the 2010 Spirit Awards. (photo)

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Eddie Izzard has been tipped to host this year’s Spirit Awards on Friday, March 5th, which of course will be broadcast live on IFC. (The nominations can be found here.) Last seen in Sally Potter’s “Rage,” Izzard will be following in the footsteps of Buck Henry, Robert Townsend, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah, John Waters, and Sarah Silverman, among others in taking the reins of the ceremony where all bets are off. But he also joins a quickly growing fraternity of awards show hosts from across the pond, including last year’s Spirit Awards host Steve Coogan, recent Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais and MTV Music Awards host Russell Brand, with whom Izzard also shares a love of eyeliner.

If the uptick in viewership that accompanied Gervais’ turn at the Globes is any indication, American audiences aren’t exactly missing homegrown hosts, yet it is interesting that these one-night occupations that were once the province of talk show hosts have been trending towards Brits, non-comedians like Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris, or in the case of this year’s Oscars, a dynamic duo (Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin). Yet as Izzard’s bio on his Twitter feed reads, “I’m a British European, I think like an American and I was born in an Arabic country.” And we should be happy to have him. Here are a few highlights from the other British-born hosts of late:

Widely believed to be last year’s Spirit Awards’ finest hour, Coogan put on a ’60s era Batman costume to pose as Christian Bale berating Joaquin Phoenix (played by Coogan’s “Around the World in 80 Days” director Frank Coraci):

Although upstaged by Kanyegate, Brand got the full-on rock star entrance into last year’s Video Music Awards, courtesy of girlfriend Katy Perry and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry:

As Paul McCartney and Mel Gibson soon learned, Gervais wasn’t taking any prisoners with his opening monologue at this year’s Golden Globes:

[Photo: Eddie Izzard in “Rage,” Vox3 Films, 2009]

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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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