Fred Armisen is on this week's episode of Alec Baldwin's podcast, Here's The Thing. It's a fun conversation about Armisen's career and features a particularly touching moment when he calls Carrie Brownstein his soulmate. But the best part might come at the end, when Alec Baldwin reveals that the whole interview was just a ploy to get a cameo on Portlandia:
Baldwin: Can I play a customer on Portlandia? Can I come to a restaurant?
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Can I come and just do something? Order a–
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Who would I play? What would I order?
Armisen: I think you would come from Southern California and you’d order all [...]
OK, here’s the cast in alphabetical order: Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Emerson, Sally Hawkins and Peter Sarsgaard. It seems normal until you get to The Diceman and Benjamin Linus. No word on what the film is about but it is set in San Francisco so… obviously… umm… Maybe, the film is about Alec Baldwin (the Woody Allen surrogate) playing a former comedian, who now is a television executive, who visits San Francisco with his actress wife (played by Cate Blanchett as a Diane Keaton type) to visit his son (Sarsgaard) who is about to marry a woman (Hawkins) but is [...]
"I think it was improv. It was watching people be on stage, acting without a script. There was something in me that was like, 'I want to do that. I know I can do that.' For some reason it was less scary to me than having words in front of me, because I think when you’re handed a script you know that you’re supposed to do it in a certain way, and people will think, 'How is she reading this?' But when you’re improvising, there’s nothing to compare it to and you can do whatever." — Kristen Wiig on why she was drawn to improv when she first started getting [...]
In this 30 Rock webisode, it's fallen to Jack Donaghy to find a new act for the Super Bowl halftime show. If anyone can do it, he can – even while animated. Because he can make any business deal in any medium. "Lemon, I once persuaded the cast of Friends to do an tenth season via Morse code." P.S. Childish Gambino rapping over the Knight Rider theme song would make a dope halftime show and NBC should seriously consider it.
Alec Baldwin has secured the comedy podcast get to end all comedy podcast gets for Here's the Thing: the man, the legend, the Lorne Michaels. The full episode drops next Monday, but here's a clip. (You gotta hand it to them for name-dropping Tina Fey in under 35 seconds.)