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Ryan Dunn (1977-2011)

Ryan Dunn (1977-2011) (photo)

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As a “Jackass” fan, you lived with the knowledge that you could just wake up one morning to find one of those guys dead. To a certain degree, that was why we loved them. They were willing to put their lives on the line for their art. But you didn’t expect to wake to this news; that Ryan Dunn, one of the core members of the “Jackass” troupe, is dead today at the age of 34, not in the midst of some hilarious and ill-advised stunt, but as a result of a massive car crash.

TMZ reports that Dunn and another unidentified passenger were killed early this morning in a car accident in Pennsylvania. It’s too early to know the cause of the crash, though in their report, TMZ included a picture Dunn had tweeted a few hours earlier of him and his friends drinking, suggesting that alcohol could have possibly played a role.

Dunn and his “Jackass” brethren risked it all so often only to escape unscathed, that they began to take on an aura of invincibility. It’s hard to believe something so mundane as a car crash could end one of their lives. In the past they survived battles with pythons, rides in shopping carts mounted with rockets, even, in this hilarious clip from last year’s “Jackass 3D,” hung out in the exhaust path of a fighter jet.

Dunn was born in Ohio in 1977. As a teenager, his family moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania where he met Bam Margera and his CKY crew of skaters and pranksters. Their homemade videos caught the eye of “Jackass” director and co-creator Jeff Tremaine, who invited them to join the fledging television series. After the “Jackass” TV show came the superb trio of films as well as a host of spinoffs. Dunn starred in one of my favorites; “Homewrecker,” a demented twist on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” wherein someone got revenge on an acquaintance by inviting Dunn and his team of redecorators over to destroy their stuff. Essentially, it was an excuse for Dunn to mercilessly trash people’s lives. What a great, borderline illegal idea for a television show.

With “Jackass 3D” grossing almost as much as the first two films combined, I’m sure “Jackass” will soldier on. But Dunn will be missed. He might not have been the most most fearless or most charismatic member of the troupe, but he was always the most reliable. When Steve-O backed out of the big finale for “Jackass: The Movie” involving a toy car, a man’s rectum, some X-rays, and an unsuspecting radiologist, Dunn, er, stepped into the breach. It remains his finest and funniest hour. No matter what you wanted to do to the poor guy, you could count on Ryan Dunn.

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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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