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SNL Sketch Showdown: Palin/Hillary Cold Open vs. Bill Brasky

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Welcome to the “Saturday Night Live” Sketch Showdown. Every weekday, an IFC writer will determine the winner of a matchup between two classic “SNL” sketches. You can check out the full bracket here.

Greatest Cold Open Versus Best Last Sketch Of The Night

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase “in like a lion, out like a lamb” as it applies to March’s weather, but it also totally applies to “Saturday Night Live.” The show has historically always put its strongest sketch right after the monologue (not counting the commercial parodies) to keep you hooked at least until “Weekend Update,” and then, you know, all bets are off after there. The show always gets stranger and goofier in its second half — perhaps capitalizing on how slap-happy audiences at home get as Saturday night quickly becomes early early Sunday — and it’s always its zaniest in the last 10 minutes. It’s the scene that has to stretch to fill time until the last commercial break, so anything goes. It has to — they don’t have any other sets built or material prepared to kill time.

The Matchup

“A Nonpartisan Message from Governor Sarah Palin & Senator Hillary Clinton” was, at the time, a big big big deal. It was Tina Fey’s third appearance on SNL since leaving in 2006 to work on “30 Rock.” Amy Poehler (Clinton) and Fey (Palin) set aside politics to discuss sexism in the presidential campaign. Palin calls for people to stop photoshopping her head onto “sexy bikini pictures,” and Clinton demands people stop calling her a “boner shrinker.” It eventually devolves into them chiding each other like little children — and reminds audiences how great “SNL” has been at cultivating a long line of strong female comedic performers.

The “Bill Brasky” sketches all unapologetically follow the same formula: Some drunken businessmen are letting off some steam with a round at a bar while in town (wherever that is) for a convention and they reminisce about a salesman whose exploits are superhuman, dangerous, and too absurd to be true. But, as it turns out, he shows up at the end, buys them a round, and every-thing that’s been said about him was probably an understatement. These guys are like little kids, totally enamored with an older classmate they look up to. Just imagine that this older kid who has a toenail on his penis and will eat a homeless man if you dare him, and you’re pretty much there.

And The Winner Is…

“Bill Brasky.” Not even close. Fey’s return to “SNL” for that sketch made waves and captured the zeitgeist for that week, but Brasky is a cult classic — to the point that people upload videos of themselves imitating the sketches with new facts furthering the legend of the 10-foot-tall sales-man whose foreskin is used as a tarp when it rains at Yankee Stadium. People are doing that to kill time, they’re legitimately paying tribute where tribute is due.

Did the right sketch win? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…