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Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to His ‘Colbeard’ in First Late Show Promo

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It seems like only yesterday (well, six days ago technically) that the sign for David Letterman’s Late Show was taken down from the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan. And while we all enjoyed the countless tributes to Dave’s legacy and weeped during that Foo Fighters-scored montage, this is the Internet and the Internet has already forgotten Dave amidst a rash of Caitlyn Jenner op-eds and terrible Entourage clips. So it’s with great pleasure that we give you a reason to be excited about late night TV again…Stephen Colbert is back!

Well, sort of. While his Late Show doesn’t premiere until September 8th, Stephen knows that he’s been gone a long, long time in Internet time. So the folks at the new Late Show released a video where Colbert updates his fans on what he’s been doing to get ready for his big CBS debut.

Like most men between jobs, Colbert has used his downtime to grow a tremendous beard, dubbed the “Colbeard,” of course. And now he has to shave it, lest he run afoul of fellow CBS star Tom Selleck. This leads to all manner of facial hair looks, our favorite being the “half Wolverine.” Sadly, we fear America isn’t ready for their newest late night host to only go half Wolverine.

While there isn’t any footage of what the actual new Late Show will look like, the video is classic Colbert, right down to the ending beard montage gag. September can’t come soon enough.

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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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