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10 Funny Reporters Who’ll Do Anything to Get the Scoop

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In the movies, journalists are often depicted as crusading figures in search of the truth. They tend to be at their funniest when they are doing anything to get the story, whether that means going back in time o taking a whole bunch of drugs. Check out a few of our favorite funny reporters from some of our favorite movies below.

1. Aaron Altman, Broadcast News

In a memorable moment from James L. Brooks’ classic comedy, newswriter Aaron (Albert Brooks) finally gets a shot on-air and develops a case of flop sweat that rivals even Richard Nixon.


2. Phil Connors, Groundhog Day

Weatherman Phil Connors’ sheer hatred of his assignment reporting on Punxsutawney Phil shines through in his interactions with his crew and the local townspeople. (It even bleeds into his on-air segments.) He might seem like a primadonna, but what else can you do when you have to report the exact same puff-piece story every day on an endless loop?


3. Darius Britt, Safety Not Guaranteed

Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is part of the team at Seattle Magazine who investigate a man who places a classified ad asking for someone to join him on his trip back in time. In the clip above, we see that she will do anything to keep track of her sources — even if that means stalking them in the grocery store.


4. Raoul Duke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

We didn’t realize drugs were such an essential part of the journalistic process. But when you’re a character derived from a novel by author/reporter Hunter S. Thompson, mescaline is as important to your process as a laptop and coffee.


5. Josie Geller, Never Been Kissed

This movie likely inspired a bevy of reporters to go undercover in high schools to get the scoop on what “the kids” today are up to. So kids, if you suddenly have a new classmate who looks like they’re pushing 30, they’re probably on assignment.


6. Sue Charlton, Crocodile Dundee

Ah, the days when newspapers would pay for their reporters to fly halfway across the world to follow around some random dude with a giant knife. The ’80s, folks.


7. Gwen Pearson, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

Gwen is a reporter for her college paper tasked with following around the most popular guy on campus. We imagine her adventures with Van Wilder led Gwen to a strong career in puff celebrity journalism.


8. Steve Zissou and Jane Winslett-Richardson, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Wes Anderson’s film gave us two truth-seekers — a documentarian and a reporter — disputing the nature of reality. Also, big ups to Bill Murray for making this list twice.


9. Babe Bennett, Mr. Deeds

While misrepresenting yourself is a big reporting no-no, as Inside Access reporter Babe Bennett does here, there’s nothing like seeing a “mugger” get kicked in the head. And with a name like Babe Bennett, really her only career option is in tabloid journalism.


10. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

The great Ron Burgundy is an example of an anchorman placing absolute trust in the collaborative nature of journalism.

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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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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.

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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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