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Terry Crews makes it big.

Terry Crews makes it big. (photo)

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Last night, following the rather ugly spectacle of LeBron James completely bombing what was potentially his last ever hometown game as a Cleveland Cavalier, viewers of the post-game “Inside The NBA” were treated to a visit from Ice Cube and Terry Crews, promoting the TV version of “Are We There Yet?” — surely the least necessary and most unlikely movie-to-TV transition of recent years, but at least one which acknowledges that the movies were pretty sitcom-level to begin with.

Charles Barkley seemed overjoyed to share some time with Cube, whose facial expression suggested he couldn’t believe he was getting away with passing off such a shoddy product so successfully. Cube’s deadpan delivery of TBS’ signature line “TBS — Very Funny” suggests he’s not at all convinced by what he’s selling, and his pitch for the show (basically, that it’s very funny) wasn’t very convincingly delivered. Then there was a free throw shooting competition and Cube performed very poorly, taking forever to sink his two shots. Barkley seemed more amused by that than the show.

The highlight of the mildly surreal gathering was Cube discussing how he came to work with Crews, the former Rams linebacker-turned-actor who Cube said wouldn’t shut up about his acting aspirations when he was his on-set bodyguard. Incidentally, Crews was right to speak up — his breakout role was in Cube’s “Friday After Next,” where his ridiculously jacked-up body and presumable penchant for wreaking havoc was an effective, never-ending punchline.

05122010_camacho.jpgThat used to be the schtick of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who tried to get by on timing and the size disparity between himself and everyone else (see his pairings with Danny DeVito) in his comic turns, but the one thing he couldn’t do was be amused by his own body. For Crews, his body is the joke, something Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric figured out in their Old Spice commercials with Crews, where his sculpted biceps and six-pack literally take on a life of their own.

That makes Crews a rare commodity — no one out there is quite as good at playing big, dumb and violent. Getting him to play second banana to a Tyler Perry show on TBS seems like a serious waste of time: “Are We There Yet?” looks fairly unwatchable, though Cube’s hood-violent brother-in-law appears to be predictably hilarious. (It’s telling that Cube — of late specializing in clean-cut films for the whole family, with very profitable results — has jumped at this chance to reclaim his N.W.A. image for a bit.) But the idea of Crews as the first muscle-bound body to become a cult comic hero — which, between the burgeoning cult statuses of his commercials, as well as being Terry Camacho in “Idiocracy,” seems like a sure thing — is intriguing. Terry Crews: most successful ex-football player-turned-comic actor in history? Yeah, probably.

[Photos: “Friday After Next,” New Line Cinema, 2002; “Idiocracy,” 20th Century Fox, 2006.]

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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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