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SXSW 2013: Fred Armisen, Scott Aukerman, Marc Maron and Chris Gethard talk comedy


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Yesterday we set up a comedy nerd’s dream panel discussion at the Austin Convention Center. We brought in some of our favorite comedians Portlandia’s Fred Armisen, Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman, Marc Maron and our adopted comic Chris Gethard to discuss transitioning from alternative comedy to television series.

The seats soon filled:

First the panelists had to define “alternative comedy”

Then podcasting titans Marc Maron and Scott Aukerman were able to address the crowds interest in transitioning from podcasts to television:

But Aukerman warned “People shouldn’t get podcasts to get TV shows. Whatever you find interesting you should do. There’s no grand scheme of ‘IFC is picking up podcasts.’”

When asked about the process of starting a podcast or a television show, according to Maron, it’s all the same:

He also encouraged people to build an audience of like-minded folks:

Meanwhile Fred kept everyone entertained with his spot-on impressions:

Then this happened:

Then a wily audience member asked Marc, Scott and Chris if they had ever auditioned for Saturday Night Live and it turned out that Marc had:

Then this happened:

As the audience asked questions, some even requested different accents, resulting in tips on how to do a California accent in the style of his SNL sketch “The Californians.” Said Armisen, “You have to pronounce every single consonant and vowel.”

Want the latest news on IFC’s happenings at SXSW? Check the schedule here. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @IFCsxsw

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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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