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An Off-Beat Path


Since “Portlandia” premiered in 2011, IFC has been reinventing itself as the home of off-beat original comedy. Last week, the network announced 11 concepts it’s considering turning into shows. I think these four have a shot at “Portlandia”-caliber acclaim:

“Garfunkel and Oates”: The musical comedy duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, above, could be poised to be the next Flight of the Conchords. Their adorable, guitar-and-ukulele folk songs mask the satirical, dirty nature of their songs.

“Timms Industrial Piping”: The concept — something about a piping company — is less important than how it will be shot: “in stop-motion animation with baby dolls … modeled on 1980s primetime soaps.” Voices include Elizabeth Banks, Giancarlo Esposito and John Lithgow.

“Cult Following”: Matt Besser and “The Mighty Boosh’s” Rich Fulcher co-wrote this script about two friends who run a health-food restaurant and somehow end up leading a cult. Whole Foods will not be happy about this one.

“Jetpackula”: Rob Schrab is one of TV’s best directors (see: the “Community” “Law & Order” parody), so even if a “supernatural buddy comedy” about a struggling illustrator who befriends a vampire from the future sounds silly, it’s exactly what IFC is looking for.

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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