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Thrills, Spills and Swills: 6 Crazy Things We’re Hoping To See at the Spirit Awards


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This Saturday, IFC will air the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards LIVE at 5p ET/2p PT. That means we won’t have to wait until later to watch a delayed showing of all the happenings. But with that comes all the glorious shenanigans that can happen during a live show.

As Liz Lemon taught us during the live episodes of 30 Rock, we all need live television. Aside from the nerve it takes to get up in front of the hundreds of people in attendance, in addition to all the people watching at home, there’s that always present thought in the back of your mind that reminds you that anything can happen. No matter how much you prepare for what’s coming, there’s always something could go wrong or oh so right.

Here are some reminders of what can happen during award shows.

6. The Butchering of Names

John Travolta managed to stay out of the spotlight, but with just two words he became the laughing stock of the Internet. We’re all still asking ourselves how someone could mistake Idina Menzel for Adele Dazeem, but it happened and now that’s his legacy.

5. Streaking

Streaking is so five decades ago, but apparently it can still happen nowadays. Remember that time a streaker interrupted Hayden Panettiere on stage at the MTV Movie Awards? In his defense, he certainly made things more interesting.

4. Drunken Shenanigans

Emma Thompson taught us a valuable lesson during the 2014 Golden Globes: it’s super easy to get drunk at these events. Sometimes it’s nice to calm the nerves with some liquid courage, but too much can make you wanna go up on stage in front of your peers with your high heels in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

3. Unexpected Interruptions

No matter how much the producers and security guards prepare for the unexpected, if someone like Kanye West wants to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, they’re gonna. Thankfully Queen B was there to remedy this situation, but Beyonce is not always going to be there to save the day.

2. Random Makeout Sessions

First things first, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best people to have at your awards show. And second, she taught us all to expect the unimaginable. Were we expecting her and Bryan Cranston to rekindle their Seinfeld love affair before she walked up to accept an Emmy? No, but it was fantastic to watch.

1. Wipeouts

Heels are difficult to walk in. That’s a fact. Then add in some of the most extravagant floor-length dresses, and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. It doesn’t matter if you’re a self-professed klutz like Jennifer Lawrence or Meryl Streep, the “trip and fall” doesn’t discriminate.

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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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