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The origins of a viral sensation in this exclusive clip from “Shut Up Little Man!”

The origins of a viral sensation in this exclusive clip from “Shut Up Little Man!” (photo)

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How do viral sensations start? That’s one of the intriguing questions posed by the new documentary “Shut Up Little Man!” The film is about the origins and moral implications of ten hours of audio recordings of two old drunks, Peter and Ray, who liked to stay up all night yelling at each other. Their neighbors, Eddie and Mitchell, started taping their fights, then shared the audio with friends. From there, it spread through San Francisco and all sorts of underground culture. Peter and Ray became cult heroes, all without their permission, or even their knowledge.

In this exclusive clip, Eddie and Mitchell recount their first encounter with Peter and Ray. Be careful, though: Peter and Ray weren’t exactly polite public speakers. Their intensely bad language make this video a wee bit NSFW.

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The story continues from there, detailing the steps Eddie and Mitchell took to spread the gospel of Peter and Ray, and then examining the thorny ethical issues involved with turning a regular person into a viral celebrity. It’s a really interesting documentary; you can read my full review here.

“Shut Up Little Man!” opens tomorrow in New York and Los Angeles; as an added bonus for East Coasters, Patton Oswalt will be hosting Q&As with Eddie and Mitchell at the 6:25 & 8:25 screenings at the IFC Center this Saturday. That’s two awesome things for the price of one.

Have you ever heard “Shut Up Little Man!”? How’d you find it? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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