This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.


The Birthday Boys: Mike Recaps “Skewered”


Posted by on

By Mike Hanford

When I sat down to write the recap of The Birthday Boys Episode 7 entitled Skewered! I couldn’t help but think of how much it resembles a football game. No, I’m serious! Take a look and you’ll know EXACTLY what I mean.

First, the episode “kicks off” with a sketch about a gang of frustrated Wall Street stockbrokers. The Birthday Boys then “advance down the field” with a sketch that takes place in an uncomfortable Southern courtroom complete with era-appropriate “jerseys” (or costumes). That sketch “tackles” its way into a short piece about a man pondering a potential reality. This serves as a “runner” throughout the show. The Birthday Boys then take a “TV Time Out” and go to “commercial.”

We’re back and the “football action” is really heating up with sketch that holds a magnifying glass up to the state of television that’s over-crowded with channels. Crowded? Like a football stadium? YES!

Whoops. There’s a “flag on the play” but don’t worry. It’s a good thing! It means The Birthday Boys do a sketch about the forefathers of aviation. The show then “rushes for a gain of 8 yards, gaining a first down and are now in field goal range.” By that, I of course mean The Birthday Boys do the second beat of the sketch about pondering a potential reality.

The episode “huddles up” in a sketch about a pioneer in the world of sound effects. In the final “march towards the goal line,” the show pulls out a “Statue of Liberty play” with sketches about silly restaurant appetizer names, a commercial for a less-than practical airline, and an interview with an extremely old man.

It’s a fun show! One might even say it’s a “home run” of an episode. 😉


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

Posted by on

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


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

Posted by on

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…