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This Lost Pilot Featuring a Young Amy Poehler Is Comedy Gold


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We know you’re still mourning the loss of your beloved Parks and Recreation, but we’ve got something to cheer you up: a lost comedy pilot starring a 24-year-old Amy Poehler as a hacker. We were just thinking the other day that Blackhat would have been so much better with a little bit of Leslie Knope.

Splitsider is diving into the archives of The Second City Network, and they’ve unearthed never-before-released footage of one of their pilots that never saw the light of day. It’s called RVTV, and it follows a group of computer geeks camping out in an RV and the shenanigans that ensue.

Aside from Poehler, RVTV features Matt Dwyer and improv legend Del Close. Not much is known about the pilot or why it was cancelled, but the trio filmed it in Toronto during one week in 1995. Adam McKay of Anchorman fame penned the treatment with SNL writer Tom Gianas, and there was a lot of improvising going on. As you can tell by the footage, the classic Poehler quirk was there even at an early age. She loves breaking into the NRA’s website and snatching photos of their picnics, freestyle raps, talking about Del Close’s Janet Reno masturbation spurts, and rants about how she refuses “to be masturbation imagery.”

Splitsider promises to dive even further into the ghosts of Second City’s past, but this is a great start. After getting a load of this, we want nothing more than for Poehler and her RV crew to download, digitize and plug us into couch potato land.

[H/T: A.V. Club]

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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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