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The Rock Killed It on SNL. Here Are the 5 Best Sketches of the Night.


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Not to be “that guy,” but The Rock rocked it on SNL this weekend. Who knew the guy could be Fast and Furious-ly funny? Who knew he could be the (Scorpion) King of Comedy? Who knew he could Journey to the Center of our funny bones? OK, that’s enough, but you get the idea.

Dwayne Johnson might be the best SNL host we’ve had this season so far. The episode, from the “dark and gritty” Bambi-meets-The-Expendables video to the hilarious dinner date sketch, was entertaining from start to finish. If you missed any of the hilarity that ensued, here’s a quick rundown of the five best moments.

1. “New Disney Movie”

Are you sick and tired of all the fairy tales getting the “dark and edgy” treatment? Well, you haven’t seen Bambi yet. SNL reimagined the classic tearjerking Disney character as a cigar-smoking, gun-toting, Rambo-esque fawn looking to avenge the death of his mother. Hunters look out, ’cause he’s not alone. There’s Thumper, who’s “always thumpin'”; Flower, who smells bad but looks good; and Faline, the “girl Bambi.” (The sketch gets bonus points for Jay Pharoah’s hilarious Tyrese impression.)

2. “WWE Promo Shoot”

The Rock completely forgot how to talk smack. Playing wrestler Koko WatchOut, he’s recording some promos for an upcoming match against Trashyard Mutt (Bobby Moynihan). Everything is going famously and people are getting amped…until Koko gets a little too personal.

3. “Dinner Date”

Are you crazy stiff right now, after watching The Rock playing a meathead loudmouth who ruins Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer’s date night? We feel like we’ve been effed in the brain without protection. In a sketch that could’ve been dull and lagging, Johnson throws out these one-liners as easily as his British girlfriend (expertly played by Cecily Strong) calls appetizers “nipples.” “Nibbles”? Who knows.

4. “The Rock Obama Cold Open”

Jay Pharaoh’s President Obama is almost (keyword “almost”) as famous as Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, but he’s losing control of his Cabinet. When Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. Ted Cruz take a few jabs at his political effectiveness and, worse yet, his final four bracket, Obama Hulks out. A fun return of a character from The Rock’s previous hosting SNL gig made even funnier by Leslie Jones as She-Rock Obama.

5. “The Jungle”

While The Rock’s Bambi was a total badass, his version of Indiana Jones, Mr. Bones, is irresistible, especially for Kate McKinnon’s performance as his randy love interest. In this spoof of the Indy franchise and the many TNT original movie knockoffs, The Rock keeps getting hit by poison darts while in the jungle on an archaeological excursion. To save him, someone has to suck out the poison, even when the darts prick his nipple, butt and Johnson Jr. (if you know what I mean). Worth watching just for Pete Davidson’s barrel roll alone.

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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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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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