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Living the ‘Life of Brian’

Living the ‘Life of Brian’ (photo)

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And now for something completely different …except, well, we know we did a Monty Python post just last week. But when we saw that their hilarious (and most likely very blasphemous) film Life of Brian was on today’s schedule (it airs at 8:25 p.m. ET), we knew we had to do another one. Besides, the last post was on our favorite sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, while this one is our favorite sketches from Life of Brian. And that is something completely different.

Life of Brian stars all the regular Pythons (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin) plus an assortment of Romans, lepers, centurions, Jews and George Harrison all living just as the times are achangin’ from B.C. to A.D. Life is hard for most (except for the aqueducts and, you know, the advent of peace) but especially hard for Brian, who was born in a manger the same night as a certain Messiah. Despite protesting his holy status, Brian is plagued by lepers, alms seekers, and others who don’t believe the mistaken identity. Brian’s misery is delightfully hilarious and if you never watch another Monty Python musical, sketch, or movie in your life, watch Life of Brian. It’s good enough for Jehovah.

Here are our five favorite bits from Monty Python’s Life of Brian:

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”:

Don’t Laugh, “Biggus Dickus”:

“That Bit of Halibut Was Good Enough for Jehovah!”:

“He’s Not the Messiah, He’s a Very Naughty Boy.”:

“What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?”:

And for you Latin nerds, “Romans Go Home”:

Monty Python’s Life of Brian airs on IFC at 8:25 p.m. ET

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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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