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Ricky Gervais comes back swinging at 2012 Golden Globes


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One year ago, the Golden Globes hosting duties of funnyman Ricky Gervais supposedly caused such a celebrity outcry that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation (who run the annual gala) forever banned the comedian from the show. But then he wasn’t. Then he was. And then he wasn’t again.

Whatever actually happened, the onset of the 2012 show has proved one thing: the controversy has done nothing to subdue him.

In a sprawling monologue, Gervais launched into digs at NBC, the HFPA, Jodie Foster, Helen Mirren and more. “You get Britain’s biggest comedian, hosting the world’s second biggest awards show, on America’s third-biggest network,” Gervais joked, before correcting himself with, “It’s four, it’s four.”

A second swip was later taken at his bosses, stating the “Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem.” Later in his act, he also compared the HPFA to the crime-riddled ranks of the “Boardwalk Empire” immigrants. “I’m joking,” he said. “I love them. They do a lot for charity and they’re a non-profit organization. Just like NBC.”

Gervais expectantly turned his focus on the room’s inhabitants, beginning with jokes about Jodie Foster’s “Beaver” (a bit heavy on the subtext), and joking that the cast of “Bridesmaids” studied up for their hard-partying ways by spending time with Helen Mirren.

Even those who weren’t in attendance found themselves at Gervais’ mercy. “Justin Bieber nearly had to take a paternity test,” Gervais quipped. “What a waste of a paternity test that would’ve been. The only way Justin Bieber could get a girl pregnant is with one of Martha Stewart’s old turkey basters.” And on Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler: joking that the duo portrayed every role in “The Help.”

One obvious difference between the 2011 and 2012 shows is the omission of Gervais introducing presenters, which allowed him more mic-time to take his shots. Without that additional platform, this year the comedian assuredly made every second count.

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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

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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