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Kid From Portland Calls Out LeBron James


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OK, I don’t know if non-hardcore basketball fans will find this video as hilarious as I do, so maybe it requires some context: For years, the highlight of NBA All-Star Weekend was the annual Dunk Contest. It produced such memorable moments as Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins in 1988, 5-foot-7-inch Spud Webb dominating the field in ’86, and Vince Carter blowing everyone’s mind in 2000. Ever since Vinsanity’s world-beating run, however, the Dunk Contest has fallen into disrepair (despite Kenny Smith’s almost yearly proclamations of its return to glory). Even before it happens this coming weekend, the 2012 Dunk Contest is shaping up to be the worst yet: It’s only one round, it’s determined exclusively by fan voting, and the participants include a guy named Chase Budinger.

In many fans’ minds, all it would take to revive the Dunk Contest would be the participation of the league’s biggest stars. Like, say, LeBron James. Every year, he coyly feigns interest in throwing his name into the ring, and every year, he ends up sitting on the sidelines.

Well, Solomon is mad as hell, and he’s not gonna take it anymore! In the following video, the kid — who I reckon is about 10 or so, and who happens to be from Portland, home of the Trail Blazers’ 2012 All-Star (and this week’s “Portlandia” guest star) LaMarcus Aldridge — makes a convincing plea for King James to finally stop all the will-he, won’t-he jibber-jabber and finally enter the contest. Solomon doesn’t want to see “no rookies from Minnesota dunkin’ it,” he wants to see LeBron “smash the ball from half-court.” After all, this is supposed to be the NBA: Where Amazing Happens, not the NBA: “Where Rookies Go Because the All-Stars Are Just at the Hotel, Clubbin’ and Drinkin’ and Stuff.”

Somebody get this little dude his own segment on SportsCenter!

(Photo by Keith Allison)

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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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