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Five Great Cameos On The Larry Sanders Show

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As you may have heard, the Larry Sanders Show (and a lot of other great comedy) is heading to IFC in January and we couldn’t be more excited. The series was one of the funniest comedy shows ever. No, really. The comedy originally aired from August 1992 to May 1998 on HBO and garnered much critical acclaim and a lot of awards. Like, a lot of awards: Out of 86 nominations, it won 24 awards, including three Emmys, five CableACE Awards, four American Comedy Awards, two British Comedy Awards, a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award. So if you don’t trust our entirely unbiased opinion on the matter, perhaps that wall of awards will help convince you of how incredible this show is.

The show revolves around Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) who is the host of an eponymous talk show. The cast and crew of the fictional show was made up some of the who’s who of comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofolo, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn, Jeremy Piven, and Sarah Silverman. As the show was based around a talk show, there was also a steady stream of famous guests who stopped by the show-in-a-show for a turn on the Larry Sanders set. Guests appearances included Jerry Seinfeld, Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Burt Reynolds, Elvis Costello, David Duchovny, Roseanne Barr, John Ritter, and so many more. Here are a few of our favorite guest stars:

Here’s Jon Stewart, well before he was hosting The Daily Show or named the most influential man in America:

Jim Carrey got the audience all riled up during his time on the Larry Sanders stage:

Michael Bolton almost became part of the Larry Sanders family:

At the height of her Friends popularity (meaning, before she was on Cougartown or even in Scream, but after she was in Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark video), Courteney Cox stopped by The Larry Sanders Show:

Alec Baldwin looking young, spry, and very Jack Donaghy-like used his mind vice on Larry Sanders’ stage, too:

The much-missed Chris Farley paid a very motivational visit:

The Larry Sanders Show premieres on IFC Monday, January 3 at 11 pm E.T.

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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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