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Watch Michel Gondry’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Watch Michel Gondry’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (photo)

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Ostensibly, director Michel Gondry’s guest directing stint (and guest sidekicking stint) on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night was simply promotion for Gondry’s new movie “The Green Hornet,” which opens today in theaters around the country (you can read our review here and our interview with Gondry here.) But as a fan of all of Gondry’s movies, I have to tell you: I enjoyed this blatant piece of marketing far more than the actual movie it serves to promote. I’d say Gondry fans could wait to catch “Green Hornet” on Blu-ray. But they need to watch this episode of “Kimmel” immediately.

We’ve seen Gondry spoof talk shows before in “The Science of Sleep,” where Gael Garcia Bernal conducts his dreamlife like Letterman conducting “The Late Show.” But seeing Gondry wreak havoc on a real talk show was even more fun, and it’s a credit to Kimmel — who definitely gets more kicks out of screwing around with the late night format than any of his more traditional competitors — that he permitted Gondry to try so many strange gags.

From the dreamlike cold open, which kept cycling back into the monologue like a bad recurring dream, to Kimmel’s “loaf loafers” made out of bread, to Gondry’s mad scientist roving director’s desk, to guest (and “Hornet” star) Seth Rogen emerging for his interview through an enormous replica of his head (with TV monitors for eyes and bongos for teeth!), it was inspired and gloriously weird throughout. I’ve embedded Jimmy’s monologue below — which also includes an appearance by Jay Chou (keep your eyes peeled in the background during that part; Gondry makes an extra appearance on a truck that drive by). You can watch the entire episode on — make sure you stick around until the last commercial break for Gondry’s “magnification box.”

Overall, I’d call the experiment a wild success. Gondry’s films all follow the structure and logic of dreams, so late night, and its audience of insomniacs and somnambulists, is actually the perfect venue for him. Bernal’s character in “The Science of Sleep” has a hard time distinguishing from reality and dreams. I bet a lot of half-awake ABC viewers last night could relate to the confusion.

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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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