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Celebrate Billy Madison’s 20th Anniversary with These 9 Interesting Facts

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Adam Sandler fans and aficionados of shampoo-related humor rejoice — Billy Madison turns 20 today! Since the movie is all about being smart and stuff, we figured we’d offer up some cool trivia just in case you find yourself faced off against Bradley Whitford in a Jeopardy!-style contest to inherit your father’s multi-billion dollar hotel company and need to know any of this. What? It could happen.

9. The O’Doyle family are referenced in several Sandler movies.

The Irish clan started as the antagonists in Billy Madison, and have been a running joke in Sandler’s comedies ever since.


8. Allen Covert, Sandler’s friend since NYU, has only made two movies that weren’t produced by or starring Sandler.

Covert was supposed to play one of Billy’s best friends, but ended up as the uncredited Burger Joint clerk instead.


7. Sandler’s co-writer Tim Herlihy was the inspiration for the SNL character “The Herlihy Boy,” aka the best house sitter ever.

Just let the kid water your damn plants!


6. Actor Josh Mostel, who played the elementary school Principal Max Anderson aka The Revolting Blob, is actually a trained opera singer.

Son of Broadway legend Zero Mostel, Josh played King Herod in the film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar. Contrary to popular belief, he is also not Seinfeld‘s Wayne Knight.


5. Larry Hankin ran for Vice President in 2012. Seriously.

Yeah, we’re just gonna leave this video right here.

4. Billy’s dad was the father in A Christmas Story. Which is basically the best Christmas movie ever made.

OK, that may be more of an opinion than a fact, but whatever.

3. Director Tamra Davis revealed in an interview that Sandler was really pegging those kids with the dodgeball.

And knowing this kind of makes that scene even funnier. Er… we mean meaner.

2. Billy’s science teacher is the guy behind Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.

Not only that, comedian/writer Robert Smigel created SNL‘s Ambiguously Gay Duo. Bonus fact: Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell voiced Ace and Gary.

1. Norm MacDonald was actually wasted for the scene where he’s wasted.

Norm shared just how method he was for this scene when Sandler was a guest on his podcast last year.

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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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