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With Enough Gentle Prodding, Bill Murray Will Do Carl Spackler From “Caddyshack”

With Enough Gentle Prodding, Bill Murray Will Do Carl Spackler From “Caddyshack” (photo)

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I interviewed Bill Murray once, on the red carpet for the premiere of “The Darjeeling Limited” at the New York Film Festival. I would have been intimidated under optimal circumstances; this was Bill freaking Murray, man. Pete Venkman! But you hear these stories about him, that he’s weird, that he’s a tough interview, that if you want to get in touch with him you have to call his 1-800 number and wait for him to get back to you, and you worry. While that last one’s totally true, I think the rest of his bad rep is nonsense: Murray’s an awesome interview. He’s entertaining and he never gives stock answers. Even on that “Darjeeling” red carpet, with paparazzi everywhere and passerbys screaming at him, he was on fire. He reeled off like six great lines in two and a half minutes. Pete Venkman lives.

That said, I didn’t ask him to do Pete Venkman for me. I wanted to more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life, but I didn’t. But maybe I should have. Turns out, Murray responds favorably to such requests. As proof, take this interview he just did on CNBC’s early morning show “Squawk Box.” The topic is golf and the host, Joe Kernan, spends the entire time trying to coax a Carl Spackler impression out of Murray. He starts quoting “Caddyshack” right off the top — he doesn’t introduce Murray by name but he refers to the “tears in his eyes, I guess” and a “cinderella story” (appropriate, the reference is outta nowhere). As the interview winds down, he tries again and finally Murray — who surely got the hint the first eight times Kernan tried — indulges him, dropping an amazing anecdote about playing the 18th hole at Pebble Beach and being forced against his will to drop some Spackler.

So kudos to Bill Murray, interview extraordinaire, for indulging a fan. Here’s the video:

[H/T The Wrap]

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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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