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Could This YouTube Impressionist Replace Harry Shearer on The Simpsons?

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Harry Shearer has left The Simpsons. At least, for the time being. While FOX is still working things out with the beloved voice actor to see if he can return in some capacity, there’s a vacancy in the voice cast for the show — a major vacancy. But can one budding voice actor fill his massive shoes? Well, he’s sure gonna try.

This is Brock Baker, an L.A.-based voice actor who “drives a car all by himself” and sometimes goes by the self-imposed moniker “the man of a kajillion voices.” He wants to replace Shearer on The Simpsons, should he really be gone for good. And to prove his might, Baker has released a video on YouTube showing off his Simpsons imitation skills. Watch and be amazed.

Shearer notably voiced such Simpsons characters as Ned “Howdley Doodley” Flanders, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, news anchor Kent Brockman and the coolest bus driver in town Otto. Baker runs down 14 characters, also including the Schwarzenegger-esque Rainier Wolfcastle, the elderly Jasper Beardley, Lenny, the Mr. Burns alien, Mr. Largo, Scratchy from Itchy & Scratchy, Reverend Lovejoy, George H.W. Bush (which is just a toned down Ned Flanders, really) and Herman.

These are not all the voices Shearer has provided over the years, and Baker knows this. He didn’t include all of them because, and he’s perfectly transparent here, he couldn’t come to close to imitating all of them. Which probably makes his chances of stepping into Shearer’s role less than likely. That, and not being a comedy legend with decades of professional acting experience.

Shearer recently tweeted that he’s planning to leave The Simpsons after voicing these classic characters for 26 seasons. According to the show’s executive producer Al Jean, Shearer was offered the same deal as the other voice actors and he chose to pass. The producers maintain that his characters will continue on the show, and Jean even told Entertainment Weekly that he hopes something will be worked out to bring Shearer back. For Baker’s sake, perhaps he’ll stay in retirement.

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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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