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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.

'SNL' Review: Andy Samberg, with a Little Help From His Friends

SNL transforms when a former cast member returns to host. The regular format is stretched to make room for a massive SNL reunion, with classic bits and endless cameos by other past stars of the show. Usually this homecoming makes for an exciting night of television, with Lorne Michaels trotting out one of his prized horses to remind us of the joy this show has brought us over the years.

In this case, it reminded us how atypical of a cast member Andy Samberg was. His monologue joke that he appeared in "100 digital shorts and six live sketches" had a ring of truth: unlike all-star alums Will Ferrell [...]

Watch Fred Armisen Try Out to Be Lead Singer of The Flaming Lips

Here's a new Funny Or Die video in which Fred Armisen auditions to take over as lead singer of The Flaming Lips and takes the band through several genres of music. Written by Andy Bush, Jake Fogelnest, and Jake Weisman and directed by Bush, it's one of four videos that The Flaming Lips made with Funny Or Die for April Fool's Day, including a trailer for a Michael Bay disaster movie based on their album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a video of them being encouraged to sell out by a record exec played by Jon Daly, and the entire 45-minute studio session of Flaming Side of the Moon, an [...]

IFC Orders News Shows from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rob Huebel

In addition to renewing Comedy Bang! Bang! and The Birthday Boys this morning, IFC announced today that they've picked up two new series.

The first, American Storage, stars Rob Huebel as a bachelor who starts living in a storage unit and befriends the guy who works there (newcomer John Karna). It was created by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, who co-wrote the upcoming Seth Rogen/Zac Efron movie Neighbors and based American Storage on their 2006 short film of the same name. IFC has ordered 8 episodes of the show, which will premiere sometime in 2015.

The second new IFC show is called American Documentary, created by Fred [...]

'SNL' Review: Lena Dunham, Guest Stars, and Lots of Impressions

This time last year, Megh Wright and I compiled a list of 10 first-time SNL hosts we'd like to see someday. The list included Stephen Colbert (right?) and the now-sadly-late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but decidedly not Lena Dunham. She was one of the first people we discussed, and we both agreed to pass over the Girls creator/star in favor of figures who might make better hosts. I told Megh then that Dunham would be a person people like us would want to see host, but by the time the episode started, we'd quickly realize, "Oh, this wasn't as good an idea as we thought." Dunham doesn't strike me [...]

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.

Fred and Carrie Go Big and Broad in Season 4 of 'Portlandia'

"I'm tired! My dogs are barking, my calves are mooing, can't you hear them?"

2014 has so far been a particularly explosive year for sketch shows, with Inside Amy Schumer delivering up consistently fantastic takes on feminism and double standards while Broad City came on the scene and threw down a nearly perfect debut season with great writing and physical humor. To say the least, it's left Portlandia with a lot of competition as far as nailing the troubled quirky youthful indie heart of modern urban life, but Fred and Carrie aren't the same ThunderAnt-fresh underdogs they were in 2011 — the show's a hit, and IFC [...]

Talking with Fred Armisen About 'Portlandia,' 'American Documentary,' and His New Friend Rob Zombie

Whenever it seems like Fred Armisen has more than enough projects on his plate, he goes ahead and becomes the new Late Night band curator, or he lands another show on IFC, or he decides to release his fake band songs from SNL through a string of 7" singles. But that advanced level of multitasking is really the secret to Armisen's success, as his spontaneous zen-like approach to his work has led to some of his finest comedic creations, from making web videos with Carrie Brownstein under the moniker ThunderAnt to his commitment to even the most inconsequential gigs, such as dressing up as Penny [...]

Fred Tells Seth About His New 'Star Wars' Role on 'Late Night'

On last night's Late Night, Fred Armisen shared his most recent fake news by revealing to Meyers that he landed quite the part in the upcoming Star Wars movie as outer space. It's a demanding and artistically abstract role, but he seems pretty confident that he can pull it off.

Fred and Carrie Up Their Game for the Fourth Season of 'Portlandia'

It's almost hard to believe that the once-underdog IFC show Portlandia is now chugging along into its fourth season on the air with a fifth already ordered by the network. The risk taken in airing what at first seemed too referentially and culturally micro-specific for the masses has paid off for IFC, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein, and that's apparent during at least the first few episodes of the new season that premieres tonight at 10:00PM. Before, Portlandia's main fight was to keep sustaining itself as funny, inventive, and accessible, but the new season feels less like a scrappy struggle and more like a victory lap.

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 Carrie Brownstein Love 'Spinal Tap'

"When we were writing Portlandia, I once had this idea of doing something with a whole bunch of bass players together, but it was like, 'Oh, well, I guess Spinal Tap already did that with their all-bass band.' And I was like, 'I can’t believe that in 2012 we still have to measure ourselves against Spinal Tap.' But we still do. There are still things that you can’t do because they did it."

- Fred Armisen in an interview he and Portlandia cohort Carrie Brownstein did for The Dissolve, entirely focused on their love of This Is Spinal Tap.

Fred Tells Seth About His Young Adult Novels on 'Late Night'

Seth Meyers continued drilling Fred Armisen on his fibbing habit on Friday by asking about his alleged young adult novel "quadrulidy" which Armisen explained as a guide called Don't Throw Pebbles. It sounds like a very relaxing book for youngsters, though Armisen probably should fix the mix-and-matched chapter problem first.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Talk 'Portlandia' on 'Late Night'

The bandleader turned into the celebrity guest on last night's Late Night. Portlandia superstars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein sat down with Meyers to talk about how they create their characters and sketch ideas, Carrie's sociolinguistics expertise, and why watching another couple eat pasta is the equivalent of porn. They also set a very steep requirement for Portland's new mayor, who said he wants to appear in a "really edgy" Portlandia sketch.