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Werner Herzog Reads “Go The F**k To Sleep”

Werner Herzog Reads “Go The F**k To Sleep” (photo)

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Via indieWIRE, here is some life-altering (and perhaps life-shorteneing) footage of Werner Herzog, director of such family film classics as “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” “Lessons of Darkness,” and “Nosferatu the Vampyre,” reading the hot new kids book “Go The F**k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach.

Werner Herzog is a masterful director; his latest film, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” is just the most recent example of his powers. But his true calling is as a comedian. One only need watch his recent appearance on “The Colbert Report” or either of the two different improvisational comedies directed by Zak Penn that he totally steals to realize this man is one of the most naturally gifted comedians on the planet. He’s just so brilliantly deadpan; he makes Steven Wright look like Jerry Lewis. That unmistakable voice and his legitimately huge intellect gives everything he says this incredible gravitas. Put it in the service of, say, a silly parody of a children’s book or a reading of the Burger King Whopper Bar menu, and you have a recipe for pure comic gold.

Someone start the “Werner Herzog for ‘SNL’ Host” Facebook group right now. Or better yet, give the man his own variety and talk show. Creepy monologues about God and chaos, remotes from Antarctica or Mars, Herzog’s version of Stupid Pet Tricks (where the pets are savage wild animals and they’re uncannily smart, and they kill the studio audience to prove that nature is wild and carnal and evil); it would only be the best hour of programming in the history of television. And when it was over you could go the f**k to sleep.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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