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The World of Fred Armisen

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During these days of winter when the weather is getting really cold, your holiday shopping is all done (you’re welcome), you’ve roasted every chestnut, chugged all the nog, and yet it is still not Christmas Eve, you may feel down. You probably feel similarly sad when you think about how many weeks minutes it is until the Portlandia premiere on January 21st at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Luckily Fred Armisen has a large body of work with which to entertain ourselves while waiting for Portlandia to launch. Did we mention it was on January 21st at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT right after the Onion News Network premiere? To help you cope with the days until Portlandia begins, here is a brief glimpse into the world of Fred Armisen:

Armisen’s work on Saturday Night Live is the stuff of legend. Well, NBC late night legend anyway. While his tenure is most noted for his portrayals of President Barack Obama and New York Governor David Patterson, there is just something about “Riley”, which is funnier than the other two. Want to fight about it? Argue away in the comments:

Jimmy Fallon + Fred Armisen + Chuck Liddell + Choke Holds = Hilarity:

The pre-Portlandia work of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in Thunderant is truly brilliant:

And, of course, the United States of Fred a.k.a. a behind-the-scenes look with Fred Armisen during the making of Portlandia:

Portlandia premieres Janury 21, 2011 at 10:30 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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