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Jon Hamm talks comedy, Jennifer Westfeldt and “Friends With Kids”


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Screw “Mad Men,” Jon Hamm has been killing it recently in the comedy department. There’s a reason the man has earned two Emmy nominations for his guest spots on “30 Rock,” been called back repeatedly to take part in “Saturday Night Live” and was specifically asked by Kristen Wiig to join the cast of “Bridesmaids”: he’s hilarious.

His new movie “Friends With Kids,” which was written, directed and starred in by his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, often toes the line between comedy and drama, but Hamm still gets the chance to let his sense of humor shine through in it. IFC recently had the chance to talk with Hamm about his relationship with the comedy genre and why he felt “Friends With Kids” was a story that needed to be told.

IFC: Has comedy always been something that you were drawn to, or is it a new avenue that you’re trying out?

JON HAMM: Oh, I’ve been a comedy fan for longer than I can remember, but I think the best comedy comes from a real place, or at least a place where you can kind of actively and quickly identify. You know, the kind of like sense of, “That happened to me! Ha ha!” That kind of shared experience. And I think that that’s kind of the tone that we’re trying to strike, is that real sense of being able to identify with a time in your life or a person in your life or a situation in your life where you just think, “Oh god, that happened,” or, “Oh, that’s so funny, that’s so real.”

IFC: So what was it in particular that drew you to “Friends With Kids”?

JH: Well, I happen to be sleeping with the director. [laughs] It was a script that Jen wrote kind of half of, and then put it away for a while. We would talk about it, and kind of talk about watching our friends go through this crazy time in their lives, and be like, “Man, what’s happening with those guys? Are they okay? Are they going to make it? Can we help? What’s going on?” And we just sort of watched these things happen and just decided it was kind of a good place to start telling a story.

And that’s part of every movie. You want to tell this story. What’s the story going to be? And the more we watched our friends go through this stuff, we realized, “Yeah, this is a real thing.” And it became the story that we told, and we were able to wrangle together this insanely talented cast, and tell this beautiful story.

IFC: With “Bridesmaids,” “Friends With Kids” and Judd Apatow’s new movie “This Is 40,” the focus seems to have shifted to telling comedic stories about 30 to 40-year-olds. Do you think that’s a shift that we’ll continue to see?

JH: Well I just think that we’re just getting older. [laughs] I think that there’s a lot of 16-year-old girls out there who are anxiously anticipating “The Hunger Games.” Unfortunately, this is counterprogramming to that.

I think yeah, sure, I mean I think we’re getting older and so the stories we’re telling are getting older, and eventually we’ll get so old that no one will want to listen to our stories. But hopefully we haven’t reached that yet.

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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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