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The Birthday Boys: Tim Recaps “Paychecks”


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By Tim Kalpakis

Hi, this is Tim from The Birthday Boys. Those who watched Friday night’s series premiere know that it had a sketch about a garage in it. They may also recall that there was a sketch about a big bomb. But what they may not remember is that the episode included a sketch about a weird guy writing a letter. Upon viewing this episode for a second or third time, some eagle-eyed viewers may realize a detail that has been sitting right in front of them along: there’s also a sketch about a little car.

During the filming of this episode, they gave us free lunches every day. You’d think our favorite would have been the day we had Thai food because of how much we love that spicy peanut sauce, but I have to say our favorite was actually the meatball subs. We were wolfing those things down by the yard.

Actors rarely talk about how difficult it is to act after eating a bunch of meatball subs. It’s pretty tough. If you go back and re-watch the episode, you’ll be able to pick out the scenes we shot while we were full from the meatballs. It was mainly the party montage at the end. See how shiny our foreheads are? Notice how we never bend at the waste? Those were not character choices. But I guess if you thought it was great acting I’m not going to talk you out of it.

Welp, that sums up Episode #1 of The Birthday Boys sketch comedy show on IFC. Tune in this Friday night for Episode #2, which has sketches we shot after eating all kinds of taquitos and tamales and that kind of thing.

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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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