It’s obvious that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein hit a nerve with Portlandia. If you live in a big city and have complained that people you call “hipsters” are taking over, only to realize that the people you’re calling hipsters actually act and look a lot like you, the show probably bears more resemblance to your life than you’d like to admit. … Read More
Comedy Bang! Bang! may very well be one of the weirdest things on television — an absurdist talk show parody with sketch elements, cheerfully hosted by Scott Aukerman and sidekick/bandleader Reggie Watts. The show has gone through numerous name changes and iterations, starting out as a live stage show, then becoming a popular podcast, and finally landing on IFC, where its 20-episode second season premieres Friday. I talked with the very busy Mr. Aukerman — who not only created and hosts the show, but co-founded the podcast network that runs it — about the evolution of the show, what’s new in Season 2, and how he helped create the web phenomenon that is Between Two Ferns. … Read More
The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.
Marc Maron is having a very good year. His WTF podcast is now approaching its 400th episode. He just published a book, Attempting Normal, a thoughtful, candid, and frequently hilarious series of autobiographical essays. And his IFC series Maron is halfway through its first season; Maron is “thrilled with the way it came out. I feel like we really captured a tone in that, and the stories are compelling and yeah, I love it.” But we’re not here to talk about those triumphs. We’re here to talk about cats. … Read More
We would have been happy to report one piece of good news about Portlandia, so you can imagine how overjoyed we are to have three. First things first: IFC has announced that the show’s third season will premiere January 4th at 10pm — just in time to cure your week-long New Year’s hangover. Chloë Sevigny, fresh off her terrifying American Horror Story turn, is set to guest star as Fred and Carrie’s roommate, and it wouldn’t be a season of Portlandia without everyone’s favorite mayor, Kyle MacLachlan.
And that’s not all! IFC will also air a special “Winter in Portlandia” episode December 14th at 10:30, which promises Christmas — sorry, non-denominational, optionally religious winter holiday — skits featuring Peter and Nance, the feminist bookstore ladies, and other familiar Portlandians. But don’t worry: if you still can’t imagine waiting another month to check in with Fred and Carrie, Portlandia has also just posted the season’s first preview clip. Watch “Meditation Crush” below. … Read More
The Newsroom has received it’s fair share of flack for a number of reasons (misogyny, plagiarism, self-positioning, manipulative use of Coldplay), and when you boil all this unrest down you get one thing: pride. In today’s post-Sopranos world, the TV elite have high expectations for their shows, especially from networks — nay, institutions — like HBO. AMC has joined the ranks with Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and recent hits like Homeland and Louie have put Showtime and FX on a similar playing field. Broadcast networks continue to be game players, but finding their best shows requires some sifting, and then of course there’s an array of web platforms, like Hulu, that are serving up new series or exclusives that are actually good, if not great.
The point being, watching TV is now a great balancing act, one in which “the little guys” sometimes get overlooked. And understandably so, because y’all have actual lives in the living breathing world and important things to do. We, on the other hand, don’t, and therefore found the return of STARZ’s Boss to be the perfect pretext to highlight the networks that often get ignored in elite circles, or simply forgotten because they don’t stream their content for free. Not every show on this list is for everyone, and some are certainly more of an acquired taste, but perhaps you’ll find something to fill that tiny sliver of space you have in your nearly booked TV calendar. … Read More
According to The Wrap, IFC is developing a show based on comedian Chris Gethard’s recent book A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure. Gethard, whose New York City public access progrgam The Chris Gethard Show is already a cult hit,… Read More
It’s always sad to say good-bye to a favorite TV show when it goes on hiatus, but Portlandia’s seasons are so short that we especially dread waiting upwards of 40 weeks between the end of one cycle and the beginning of the next. So it’s especially exciting to learn that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s hipster-skewering sketch series will be back this month, if only for a single hour. Portlandia: The Brunch Special, a behind-the-scenes look at the finale’s epic, city-spanning brunch line, will air July 20th on IFC. In addition to the on-set shenanigans, the special will include a detour into director Jonathan Krisel’s “quest to find the world’s most perfect marionberry pancakes” — a culinary tale hosted by Kyle MacLachlan and featuring appearances by none other than brunch expert Bobby Flay and Portlandia/SNL producer Lorne Michaels.
But that’s not even all the good news. Preceding the 11pm premiere of The Brunch Special, IFC will air Portlandia Mixtape Marathon an eight-episode block of fan favorites, which you can vote on at the show’s Facebook page. Hey, it may not be enough Toni and Candace to hold us over until January’s Season 3 premiere, but it’s a start. … Read More
Have you checked out the new IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang! yet? Hosted by Scott Aukerman, with the musical and comedic assistance of Flavorpill favorite Reggie Watts, it boasts a pretty impressive array of guests (Jon Hamm, Zach Galifiankis, Elizabeth Banks) and brings a reliable dose of weirdness to your TV every Friday night. The series also features a web spin-off called Reggie Makes Music, and this week’s edition is sure to cure your Tuesday blahs. It features Watts duetting with Friday’s guest, Amy Poehler, on a spontaneous jam about something the two of them share — natural hair. Watch the video below, and just try not to crack a smile. … Read More
At last night’s 2012 Vimeo Awards we had the chance to catch up with the evening’s host, music virtuoso Reggie Watts, and naturally we proceeded to grill him about his recebt jam session with Jon Hamm, which IFC later released as part of a web series teasing its new show Comedy Bang! Bang! (premiering tonight at 10pm). “All he was doing was literally describing mostly the plotline and characters of the TV series Taxi, mixed with a bit of Taxi Driver, the De Niro movie,” Watts told us. He went on to reveal that everything about Reggie Makes Music is “very, very impromptu,” and even admitted he was a little scared to watch his session with Zach Galifianakis which went up earlier this week.
“I forgot what we did,” he explained, “and then I saw it today and was like that’s so hilarious because when we did it I was really nervous, because I didn’t know what was going on and it was really short.” We watched. We have no idea what Galifianakis is saying but it makes us feel like cotton candy and bedtime. … Read More