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HIKEA – Episode One

Drawers of Perception

Building IKEA Furniture on Acid, Virgnia Woolf Gets a Personal Assistant and More of This Week’s Best Videos

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We’re barely halfway through August and already this summer’s become an endurance test. Heat, humidity, and the dumbest rhetoric to ever be uttered in a political arena have all weighed on our psyche like a toxic spray tan. Fortunately, we have five hilarious videos to help us cross this week’s finish line.

From assembling IKEA furniture while on LSD to programmable toaster art, here are five funny things from this week you need to watch.

1. HIKEA


Sometimes the most brilliant concepts stem from the simplest idea. In the case of this video: What would it be like to drop acid and try to assemble IKEA furniture? That’s the intriguing yet dead-simple concept for the online reality series HIKEA — hallucinogens, vague diagrams, and lots and lots of umlauts. (The crippling giggles and existential revelations are just a happy byproduct.)


2. Documentary Now!: Choose or Else ’92

As we gear up for the brand new season of Documentary Now!, let’s take a look back (with the help of MTV VJ Tabitha Soren) to the pivotal election at the center of the season premiere episode, “The Bunker.” Dwarfing the media coverage of the presidential candidates that year, the Ohio governor’s race was the most talked-about election in 1992 thanks in large part to steely campaign managers Alvin Panagoulious and Teddy Redbones (who are dead-ringers for Doc Now! co-creators Fred Armisen and Bill Hader). But we’ll let MTV’s stellar “Choose or Else ’92” coverage fill you in.


3. Toasteroid


Problem: You’ve been crafting toaster stencils out of sheet metal since 3 a.m. only to discover your daughter isn’t into Pokemon anymore. What’s the family’s designated toast artist to do? Well, as long as this isn’t a Banksy stunt, the Toasteroid is here to help. As seen in the product’s Kickstarter promo, the Toasteroid allows users to craft their loaf portraits with the flick of a finger in a smartphone app. (Remember when we said the most brilliant concepts stem from the simplest idea? Ignore that.)


4. Billy West Quotes Donald Trump as Zapp Brannigan

Fearless, headstrong, and unconcerned with facts or logic, Futurama’s Zapp Brannigan has an arrogant, ill-informed swagger that’s awfully familiar to anyone following the chilling 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, the similarities spawned a Twitter hashtag #MakeAmericaBrannigan which highlights how Donald Trump’s bizarre statements sound fitting coming from the cartoon captain — even more so when actually spoken by Zapp’s voice actor, the great Billy West.


5. Virginia Woolf’s Personal Assistant


You don’t need to be a literary major to get a kick out of this short film about the harried work life of Virginia Woolf’s personal assistant. Tending to the troubled British author, comedian Gaby Dunn wades through piles of dirty clothes, siphons heavy stones out of a laundry basket — a grim reference to Woolf’s ultimate fate — and relays messages from Tilda Swinton’s disembodied head in the fireplace. (It makes more sense in the context of the video, trust us.)

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…