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This Week In Comedy Podcasts: WTF with Marc Maron, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Topics from Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter


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This week on WTF, Marc Maron talked to Danny Lobell, who hosted the first comedy podcast in history. Obviously they have a lot to talk about. They compare notes and then talk about the transition in Danny’s life that affected his comedy and why he feels his belief in God is at odds with the comedy world. Download here.

Then Marc talked to Kristen Schaal about her recent comedy special. She tells Marc why she deliberately constructed the most awkward television special possible, as well as how her career changed after “Flight of the Conchords,” and what it means when casting directors ask for “a Kristen Schaal type.” Download here. (And subscribe to WTF already.)

This week Comedy Bang! Bang! rolled out a special bonus episode recorded live at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin, Texas with the stars of “NTSF:SD:SUV!” Martin Starr, Brandon Johnson, and depressed teen Rick Faber join Scott to talk about Martin’s affiliation with the DARE organization, Brandon’s porn habits and Rich’s improv training. Vin Diesel’s scoliosis-ridden twin brother Bill Diesel also drops by the show to share some Diesel family wisdom and promote his Vine account before the guests and Scott Aukerman throw down in a Freestyle Rap Contest for the record books! Download here.

Then Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam and Paul Brittain made their first ever Comedy Bang! Bang! appearance! They let us know what is was like being office mates at SNL, the difference between an accent & a dialect, and give us a refresher on the sci-fi action film Demolition Man. Then musicians Mark Johnson Sr. & Lon Smudge shared some of their classic dad rock tunes. Download here and Subscribe to Comedy Bang! Bang! here.

Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black have decided to enter the comedy podcast fray with Topics. The new project from The State alums has the comedians trying to be serious for once. Although it’s always a little bit hard to tell with these guys with their knack for satire and dry wit. However on the 15-minute intro, the guys explain that they “hope to have a show where, even though they are normally seen as comedians, they can have serious discussions about big topics of conversation that we all think about.” They also quote Shakespeare. So if you’re as intrigued by that as we are, download Topics for free in iTunes.

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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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