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Vulture Honors Comedy Bang! Bang! and Documentary Now! For Best Sketches of 2015

Comedy Bang! Bang! and Documentary Now! are among the year's best sketch shows.

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Whether you enthusiastically agree with them or voice your resentments in the comments sections, year-end “best of” lists are incredibly addictive. Now that we’re in the dog days of wrap-up review season, critics and fans are combing through 2015 for the gems we may have missed. And hot on the footsteps of Documentary Now! making the cut for both EW and the New York Times’ Best TV of the year lists, NY Magazine’s Vulture website chose segments from both the Fred Armisen and Bill Hader series and Comedy Bang! Bang! as among the year’s ten best comedy sketches.

Coming in at #2, the entire episode “A Town, a Gangster, a Festival” from Documentary Now! — which is deemed an extended sketch by Vulture’s Jesse David Fox — is honored for being “one of the most tonally unique pieces of comedy” the critic has ever seen. “Played 100 percent real, with an almost all-Icelandic cast, it just feels so much like a real documentary,” Fox writes. “The closest comparison I could think of is ‘This American Life,’ in the sort of quirky yet openhearted way it explores a minor story — except, again, it is completely fictionalized.”

Check out a snippet of the Documentary Now! episode below.

At #3 is the “Temptations Reboot” sketch from Comedy Bang! Bang! featuring Kid Cudi as a lead in a jukebox musical for the Motown group The Temptations. Vulture commended the show’s choice of glowing critical reviews that run throughout the sketch and the way it “plays with repetition and payoff masterfully.”

You can watch the entire “Temptations Reboot” sketch below.

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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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