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Fred Armisen Announces the Charlie Chaplin Photo Awareness Festival on 'Late Night'

During last night's Late Night, Seth Meyers checked in with band leader Fred Armisen to ask about his latest project "Charlie Fest," an all-day music festival that hopes to raise awareness of pictures of Charlie Chaplin, particularly for younger people who might not be aware that there are Chaplin photos out there. It's tough work, but Armisen seems up to the task.

'SNL' Review: Amy Adams' Got Christmas Spirit

Like anything else this time of year, it's hard not to come away from SNL in good spirits. Traditionally, the show's holiday episode provides an easy victory just in time for SNL's weary midseason mark, with returning stars like Jimmy Fallon or Martin Short bringing in the holiday cheer with some of the finest moments of the season. SNL is another one of those NYC-based festivities viewers tune into during the holidays, like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or New Years' Eve coverage in Times Square. Whatever complaints you may have about SNL… it's not going to ruin Christmas.

Amy Adams isn't a proven SNL veteran like Fallon or Short — her only connection to [...]

Fred Armisen, Judy Greer, Selma Blair, and Billie Joe Armstrong to Star in 'Geezer'

Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, and Judy Greer are teaming up with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong for a dramatic film. Variety reports that Armstrong will star in Geezer, a movie that follows "the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel — where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things." Other announced cast in Geezer includes Dallas Roberts, Chris Messina, and The Office's Brian Baumgartner, with writer/director Lee Kirk (The Office, The Giant [...]

Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen Talk About 'SNL' and Their Other Shows for 'Variety'

To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them talking about Lorne Michaels and his behind-the-scenes skills and power:

Armisen: Lorne gives the most valuable kind of notes. I don't know how he knows. I don't know if he has like some secret connection to my brain but he addresses questions that I haven't asked yet and then I feel better about a whole season. In a sentence, he can diffuse [...]

Fred Armisen Plays a Peruvian Beatles Cover Band Member from Portland on 'Late Night'

Now that Fred Armisen is in Portland working on the next season of Portlandia, Seth Meyers and Late Night figured out a way to keep him on the show in New York by premiering their new segment "FredEx," in which they send Armisen a FedEx package with all the supplies he'll need to create an original character on the spot. Here he's a friendly Peruvian Beatles cover band player with a corn cob pipe talking about global warming.

A Family at Disneyland Thought Fred Armisen Was Rick Moranis

Portlanda stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein visited The Tonight Show last night, where they looked back at some of their favorite characters from their IFC show like the Feminist Bookstore ladies Toni and Candace. When Fallon asked them about how often fans approach them on the street, Armisen shared an interesting story about an Indian family at Disneyland who commended him for his great work on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Learn About New York City's Many Accents with Fred Armisen

Accent master Fred Armisen performed at a charity benefit Wednesday night, and as part of his routine he devoted nearly five minutes to speaking in different NYC accents suggested by the audience. Covered in this clip alone is Washington Heights, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, West Village, East Village, Bronx, Astoria, Brooklyn, Rockaway, and Long Island, where Armisen spent most of his childhood years: "If you wanna do Long Island, the way to think of it is like, they're already being defensive about being made fun of."

Fred and Carrie Go Goth in This 'Portlandia' Season 5 Preview

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// Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's hit IFC show Portlandia returns in January with a ton of great guest stars, but in the meantime the network released this very Halloween-themed sneak peek featuring Fred and Carrie as a death-loving goth couple who set up their wills and super spooky funeral services.

Fred Armisen Plays the Weirdest Johns Hopkins Surgeon Ever on 'Late Night'

So far in his remote-from-Portland segment "FredEx," Fred Armisen has portrayed an American building designer who questions the existence of angels and a Peruvian Beatles cover band member who discusses global warming, and last night he returned with the weirdest character yet with the help of a wig, tacky hoodie, and pair of headphones. Naturally he turns it into an unorthodox surgeon who is in love with everyone he knows.

Fred Armisen Explores Some New York City Statues in "My New York with Tom Jankeloff"

Late Night debuted a new recurring segment last night called "My New York with Tom Jankeloff," in which Fred Armisen plays an amateur New York historian who gives a quick tour of some NYC statues and is most likely related to the representative for "The College of Excellence" from SNL.

Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph Developed a New Way to Stay Warm This Winter

Yesterday was one of the coldest days in New York this winter, but luckily during last night's Late Night, Fred Armisen and special 8G Band guest Maya Rudolph offered up their groundbreaking new way to stay warm when it's cold. Discovering this method involved lots of work and extensive research with Canadian engineers, so you can rest assured knowing that it's Canada-approved.

'Portlandia's Season 5 Trailer Features Paul Reubens, Jeff Goldblum, Olivia Wilde, and More

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brightcove.createExperiences();Portlandia returns for a fifth season on IFC January 8th at 10:00pm, and the network released the first (and super epic) season trailer today. A ton of guests are slated to show up throughout the season, including a bunch of returning stars (Vanessa Bayer, Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Kyle MacLachlan, Ed Begley Jr.) and some newcomers too (Seth Meyers, Matt Groening, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Paul Reubens, Parker Posey, Paul Simon, Brigitte Nielsen, Natasha Lyonne, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, and even Oscar the Grouch).

'Portlandia's Fifth Season to Feature Matt Groening, Jane Lynch, Paul Reubens, and More

Portlandia's fifth season doesn't premiere until next year, but over the past few weeks Carrie Brownstein has been posting some pictures from the set on Instagram that reveal at least a few of the stars set to make guest appearances throughout the season. In addition to Portlandia regular Jeff Goldblum, the revealed guest stars include Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Wilde, Jane Lynch, Matt Groening, and Paul Reubens. Click through to check out some of Brownstein's sneak peeks from the set.

Fred Armisen Transforms into a Philosophical American Architect on 'Late Night'

Fred Armisen's ongoing remote "FredEx" segment continued last night, and this time he used the props to turn himself into an "American building designer" who not only questions the existence of angels, but the existence of existence itself.