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7 reasons why you should love David Koechner


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3. “Snakes on a Plane”

If you didn’t see “Snakes on a Plane,” know this: The movie wouldn’t have been able to happen without Koechner. He played one of the pilots, Rick, who inadvertently is responsible for all the panic that happens on the plane by releasing the oxygen masks, which set the snakes loose on the plane. That he plays the role with all the mock- seriousness it demands makes the movie all the more insane.

2. He still performs live to this day

When not doing improv in Los Angeles with his veteran troupe BeerSharkMice, which includes the likes of Neil Flynn (a.k.a. the janitor from “Scrubs”), the Missouri-born stand-up comedian still road-tests his mettle with gigs like opening for Tenacious D with the Naked Trucker when all parties involved are not doing a movie or TV show. His newest endeavor, though, is a show called “Splitting Hairs,” which sees Koechner touring and moderating debates between Abby Elliott (“Saturday Night Live) and Owen Benjamin (“Sullivan and Son”) about the age-old differences between men and women. There are sketches and stand-up and songs and videos, too. And somewhere, he still finds time to stand-up, too.

1. “Saturday Night Live”

What’s perhaps strangest of all is that most people forget Koechner was on “Saturday Night Live.” He was on in a decisive, year, too, from 1995 to 1996, which, if you’re hinky on your SNL history, was the first year “MADtv” came on and also when Howard Stern was doing a late-night show. Koechner, infamously, had the cajones to say “no” to some things on the show. According to Koechner himself, there would be pressure to have one of his characters to a talk show and his response was, “We’ve got too many talk shows! We need to do more scenes!” It’s a good thing he held out, because his SNL legacy will forever be the series of Bill Brasky sketches. In them, a red-faced Koechner and some colleagues are drunkenly reminiscing about Bill, a larger-than-life salesman whose exploits are simultaneously legendary and legendarily cruel: He can eat hammers, has a toenail on the tip of his penis that can play music like a vinyl record when applied to any hard surface, and also has had sex with all of their wives. Why the Bill Brasky sketches were never turned into a movie is beyond me.

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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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