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One Quick Question for an Ex-Portlander: Ed Forman, host of The Ed Forman Show with Me! Ed Forman!


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Described by some in the local media as “Stephen Colbert as a libidinous sociopath,” Ed Forman is the creation of Portland-born actor-comedian Aaron Ross. A show-biz icon and seriously unqualified self-help guru (a sample of his book titles: “I Will Make You Better, ‘Cause I’m Better Than You!”; “Poop or You’ll Die”; “Foreign People are Hilarious” — none available on Amazon) with the mouth of a megalomaniacal sailor and the hair of a schizophrenic Dick Cavett, Forman hosted his own variety show, “The Ed Forman Show with Me! Ed Forman!”, at downtown rock club Dante’s for four years. Guests included Peter Stormare, Jackass’s Danger Ehren, Timmy Williams of the Whitest Kids You Know, and, inevitably, some poor, random audience member yanked out of the crowd and coerced into performing an impromptu sketch onstage.

Last week, Forman’s Tuesday night residency came to an end. Now, he’s moving to L.A., to try his luck amongst all the other “libidinous sociopaths” of the entertainment industry. And he’s already got a new gig, and in a town any lifelong Portlander should feel comfortable in: the El Cid in Silverlake. We asked Aaron…er, Ed, what he’d miss most — and least — about Portland. Shockingly, he kept it clean. Mostly.

“Leaving Portland is kind of like having your Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory revoked. In leaving, I will miss our Wonkavator (which goes up ways, down ways, east ways, west ways, hospital ways, yuppie ways, ALL KINDS OF WAYS!!!); the streets painted emerald green; the chocolate river that cuts the city in two. Those wacky Oompa Loompas running around the city ‘keeping it weird.’ I will even miss the Slugworths, with their thick-rimmed glasses and ironic mustaches. But the one thing I will not miss about the Rose City are the wild MAX rides to and from Gresham (there’s no earthly way of knowing, just which way the Blue Line is going, or why the conductor shows no signs of slowing, or where the methheads’ urine is flowing…). Yes, one day I hope I can find another Golden Ticket and return to this sweet land of ports. Hey, it worked for Charlie!”

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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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