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10 Funniest Rock Star Cameos on Portlandia


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Music and Portlandia go together like birds and hats. Season Four alone has featured some memorable pop-ins from punk legends and indie rockers alike, including Josh Homme on this week’s episode. Take a look at just a few of Portlandia‘s funniest musician cameos below.

10. Jack White

Rocker and audiophile Jack White turned up in “Winter in Portlandia” in a sketch that poked fun at home studio obsessives, er, “enthusiasts.”

9. Johnny Marr

You would think that Marr could deal with difficult characters, having been in The Smiths with Morrissey and all. But he reaches his breaking point once he encounters Fred and Carrie as annoying bike valets.

8. No Doubt

No Doubt shows up as part of the elaborate birthday plans for Fred Armisen’s Nina character. No Doubt plus a hot air balloon always equals comedy gold.

7. Annie Clark

Clark, aka St. Vincent, has made several appearances on Portlandia. In a recent sketch, Clark talks a tax lawyer out of playing the bass (aka “the gateway instrument”).

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6. Jello Biafra

The Dead Kennedys frontman turned up in Season Four as a ’80s punk rocker who wakes up from a coma to find the world is now a very different place. Biafra is hilarious reacting to a world where the “yuppies” have taken over like it’s the zombie apocalypse.

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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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