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15 Damn Interesting Facts About Vegas Vacation

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Pack your bags for a Las Vegas family vacation with the Griswolds—and don’t forget these 15 little-known facts!

1. Vegas Vacation is the fourth movie in the Griswold’s series of vacations, but it isn’t technically the last.

A made-for-TV sequel to Christmas Vacation, titled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure, was made in 2003 and features the character Audrey Griswold.


2. Vegas Vacation is the first Vacation movie not written by John Hughes.

It’s also the first in the series to lose the “National Lampoon’s” moniker.


3. This film marks the fourth time that the Griswold kids, Audrey and Rusty, were recast.

In the four movies, Rusty and Audrey have been played by Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron; Jason Lively and Dana Hill; Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis; and Ethan Embry and Marisol Nichols. Barron reprised her role as Audrey in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure.


4. Comedy legend Sid Caesar makes his last on-screen appearance in a theatrically released film in Vegas Vacation.

He plays Mr. Ellis, the character at the Keno game at the end of the movie.


5. 1992 Playboy Playmate of the Year Corinna Harney is one of the women Clark hits on at the blackjack table.

Vegas Vacation was her first theatrically released film appearance.


6. Vegas Vacation is the first Vacation movie to be rated PG.

The rest of the movies in the series are either rated R or PG-13.


7. Vegas Vacation is the lowest grossing movie in the Vacation franchise.

It had a theatrical gross of $36,400,360. Christmas Vacation is the highest grossing installment with $71,319,526.


8. Jilly from Philly is played by the film’s producer, Jerry Weintraub.

9. Weintraub’s connections helped him shoot in one Vegas’s swankiest hotels.

The production was granted access to the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas because Weintraub was close friends with Steve Wynn, the billionaire who owned the Mirage at the time.


10. Fans of classic Nickelodeon might recognize the fake I.D. salesman and Frank Sinatra impersonator.

He’s played by Toby Huss, aka Artie the Strongest Man in the World from The Adventures of Pete & Pete.


11. Wayne Newton’s house in the movie is actually Wayne Newton’s house in real life.

Called “Casa de Shenandoah,” the property went up for auction in 2013 for $70 million.


12. The cast boasts more than one Saturday Night Live alum.

The reception desk employee at the Mirage is played by Julia Sweeney, who appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1990-1994. Chevy Chase famously appeared in the original SNL cast from 1975-1976.


13. This is the third Vacation movie to incorporate Lindsay Buckingham’s song “Holiday Road.”

It was left out of Christmas Vacation.


14. Clark plays a number of fake games with Uncle Eddie at the rundown casino.

Pick a Number Between 1-10; Coin Toss; War; Rock, Paper, Scissors; and Guess Which Hand were all made up. Only a version of War is played in actual casinos.


15. The sign at the end of the movie says Chicago is 1,880 miles from Las Vegas.

In fact, Chicago is only a little over 1,700 miles from Las Vegas.

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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…