Mr. Show

Friday fun: Onion and "Portlandia" lead the way


One of the best trends lately has come from an unexpected source -- the Independent Film Channel.

IFC used to be content with showing indie movies (which its name kind of implies). Lately, however, it has also been the late-night place for clever, short-form comedies.

Some of these are reruns -- "Mr. Show," "The Ben Stiller Show" and more -- but there are also originals. Tonight (Jan. 21) brings the debuts of two of the best, "Onion News Network" at 10 p.m. and "Portlandia" at 10:30.