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10 dramas about comedy


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6. “This is My Life” (1992)

Nora Ephron also emerged as a first-time director with this film, taking a screenplay she wrote with her sister Delia from a Meg Wolitzer book of the same name. Dottie Ingles (Julie Kavner) is a mother who’s always trying to find a way onto the stage, and when her time finally comes when she lands an agent (Dan Aykroyd), she learns that the life of a stand-up is really hard on a family – particularly her frustrated teenage daughter (Samantha Mathis).

TRAILER: “This is My Life”

7. “Funny Bones” (1995)

Oliver Platt stars Tommy, as the son of a famous comedian who hasn’t really succeeded on his own. His quest to find other comics whose acts he might be able to buy leads him to Blackpool, England, where he discovers he has a talented but disturbed half-brother Jack (Lee Evans) and that his father’s whole act was stolen from his old comedy partners, who appear to Tommy as ghosts – not to mention some trouble from a corrupt cop named Sharkey.

8. “Man on the Moon” (1999)

Andy Kaufman was one of those rare comics who did not require the approval of their audience – in fact, he thrived on their angry disdain. He created an entire alter ego in Tony Clifton to be the worst lounge singer ever, and he even became a bad guy in the world of professional wrestling just because he liked the responses he’d get from frustrated people who didn’t get it. Thus, Milos Forman’s unique biopic starring Jim Carrey in an amazingly chameleon-like performance as the late comedian almost seems to exist mainly to do something Kaufman never wanted to do – let the audience in on the joke.

9. “Funny People” (2009)

Judd Apatow’s look into the minds of comedians is a lot darker than one would expect from most Adam Sandler films, and even has the superstar making light of his own career full of questionably high-concept movies that crowds somehow love while critics tend to loathe. Sandler’s George Simmons thinks he has an epiphany about his life when he learns he’s got a fatal disease, but that it’s gone into remission, he soon learns that changing one’s ways is a lot harder to do than Ebenezer Scrooge made it look. Thankfully, he’s got Seth Rogen to help him through it – provided he doesn’t drive him away by being a bastard.

10. “Sleepwalk With Me” (2012)

Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and starred in this funny and autobiographical film taken from his own one-man show about a struggling stand-up comic who’s also dealing with a really unpleasant somnambulism problem that routinely puts his life in danger. There’s also his strangely comfortable yet discomfiting relationship with his girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) that helps to fuel the anxiety dreams that get him walking around and doing crazy things before he’s actually woken up.

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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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