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Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 6:07PM EDT
IFC orders musical sketch show Sherman's Showcase from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alums
Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, who co-wrote and appeared on camera on Fallon's Late Night show, are behind Sherman's Showcase. With John Legend producing, the variety sketch comedy show will feature Salahuddin in the role of host Sherman McDaniel, "taking viewers through time via music and comedy drawn from the four-decade library of his fictional musical variety show." The eight-episode series aims to be in the vein of In Living Color, The Midnight Special and Soul Train.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
Brent Musburger gets in a "feud" with Hank Azaria's Brockmire, calling him "Buckmeier"
The fake feud between the iconic sports announcer and the fictional IFC sports announcer played out last week on The Rich Eisen Show.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
IFC renews Brockmire for two seasons, Seth Meyers teases Documentary Now! return in 2019
Hank Azaria's baseball announcer comedy has been picked up for a third and fourth season. At IFC's upfront event, executive producer Seth Meyers said of Documentary Now!'s extended hiatus: "I think the year off will be helpful. I think when we come back, you know, fingers crossed, when you take time and come back you do those Roseanne numbers.” ALSO: Check out Brockmire's Season 2 key art.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
Portlandia's series finale signals the death knell for hipster comedy
Hipster jokes are out and millennial jokes are in, says Jesse David Fox on the occasion of tonight's Portlandia series finale. Older people always make fun of younger people. For Portlandia, hipster jokes were a way for two members of Generation X, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, to mock younger Gen X-ers and older millennials -- the "Xennials" born in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Hipster jokes now have been replaced by millennial jokes as a new group of younger people have become the object of scorn. "Essentially, millennial jokes are what Gen-X jokes or baby boomer jokes were when those people were in their 20s," says Fox. "Hipster jokes were just a bridge, focusing on the group of young people on the border of two generations, young Gen-Xers and old millennials. It makes sense, then, that Portlandia was made by two true Gen-Xers making fun of the new youths they saw infiltrating their city. Now that it’s over, Portlandia, not unlike Laugh-In, will remain as a sort of time capsule for those between times." He adds: "Portlandia was the king of the once-mighty genre of hipster comedy, but like with skinny jeans, there is no longer a market for it. To quote one of the show’s most famous sketches: It’s over!"
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Posted Sunday 3/04/18 at 2:12PM EST
John Mulaney and Nick Kroll's Harvey Weinstein joke was the highlight of the Independent Spirit Awards
Mulaney, in his and Kroll's monologue, recalled meeting with Weinstein in his office, with the mogul joking that he worried he'll be remembered on his tombstone for Project Runway, and not the many films he produced. "It’s not gonna say Project Runway," Mulaney said, "it’s going to say ‘XXL Unmarked Grave.'"
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
How will Nick Kroll and John Mulaney handle the #MeToo movement at the Film Independent Spirit Awards?
Like Jimmy Kimmel, Kroll and Mulaney are returning to host an Oscar weekend awards show for the second year in a row. And like Kimmel, Kroll and Mulaney will have to find a way to "address that stuff when we think we have an interesting, funny take on it," as Kroll put it. He adds: "I think that's why we have a great writers room that has different voices in it and why we go out and run the jokes throughout the week and see what people respond to, what people cringe at, what people are thrilled to hear. I don't think John and I ever want to make jokes that bum people out, but we also want to do jokes that are cathartic and surprising for people to hear." ALSO: What was Kroll doing in PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics?
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Brockmire visits New Orleans in Season 2 trailer
Watch the trailer for Season 2 of Hank Azaria's IFC comedy, which premieres April 25.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Portlandia was fundamentally an expression of the Obama era, which is why it had to end
“We should be clear about something: Portlandia was always going to end this year,” says William Hughes, “regardless of who won the big prize in 2016. (Eight seasons is a damn long run for any sketch series that isn’t Saturday Night Live.) But Trump’s victory still felt like a retroactive death knell for the show, a widespread political statement that that dream of the ’90s might be well and truly dead. Like some kind of beautiful but easily disturbed freshwater fish, Portlandia was a product of a dangerously hope-rich environment. And while it’ll be fascinating to see how well it can swim during this last batch of episodes, we can’t really blame it if it doesn’t get very far in a world where the chemicals it was born and bathed in—things like safety, equality, comfort, and, most especially, that Obama-propagated idea that ‘Things are going to be okay’—are suddenly in such drastically short supply.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
A Portlandia-themed wine collection is now for sale
The four limited-edition wines are named after Portlandia sketches, including “Feminist Bookstore” and “Weirdos.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
IFC renews Stan Against Evil, sets Brockmire’s return and reveals that Documentary Now! won’t return till 2019
Hank Azaria’s Brockmire will be back for Season 2 on April 25, while Stan Against Evil should return this fall.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Portlandia co-creators came to a “very organic decision” to end the series
"We just thought that we would like to have some sense of control over how to conclude the series as opposed to it getting away from us or getting canceled," Armisen said as he and Carrie Brownstein met the press for the final time. "We wanted to end the show while we all love doing it and have good feelings about it. It just seemed like the right time. And also, eight seasons is a lot... It was a very organic decision.” ALSO: Portlandia will have its first horse experience in Season 8.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
Portlandia is exiting with a "complicated" relationship with Portland
“For many locals,” says Kristi Turnquist. “Portlandia isn’t just a TV show. By making the city look cool and fun, the theory goes, Portlandia has inspired new residents to flock to the Rose City. The in-migration has helped spur the congestion and development longtime Portlanders say destroys the livability that Portlandia-loving newcomers were chasing.” The most striking example of how the IFC series' relationship became strained can be seen with the feminist bookstore that put a halt in 2016 to allowing use of its location for filming, saying that the show "has had a net negative effect on our neighborhood and the city of Portland as a whole."
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Watch the trailer for Portlandia’s eighth and final season
The trailer features Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as their Oh, Hello characters meeting Toni and Candace. Final season guest-stars also include Terry Crews, Rachel Bloom and Aidy Bryant.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
Portlandia takes on sexism in the workplace in the first preview of its final season
The IFC series is proving to be relevant as it preps to return in January.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:27PM EST
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are returning as Spirit Awards co-hosts
"The only thing better than having Nick Kroll and John Mulaney host the Spirit Awards is having them host the Spirit Awards twice," said Film Independent president Josh Welsh in a statement. "They did such an amazing job last year and we’re thrilled to have them back in 2018."