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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 is 'Late Night's New Band Leader/Curator

This afternoon, Seth Meyers tweeted out the following photo of Late Night's 8G Band, which surprisingly included Portlandia star Fred Armisen. "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia," Meyers explained after posting the picture, which sounds as weirdly delightful as it does exciting. No more specifics on Fred's new curatorial Late Night gig yet, but this sounds like an awfully wonderful hiring.

This is not the only new musical gig for Armisen. A little over two weeks ago, it was announced that he'd be releasing a series of 7" singles from all his fake SNL [...]

Here's a New 'Portlandia' Sketch and Web Series

Season 4 of Portlandia is set to debut on IFC Thursday, February 27th, and here's the first sketch IFC has released from the new season. The sketch has also inspired a Portlandia web series called Prairie Home Companion Tailgating, all of which you can check out below. Guests on the upcoming season of Portlandia include Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, k.d. lang, Maya Rudolph, Dan Savage, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Gus Van Sant, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Tweedy, Kumail Nanjiani, and the return of Kyle MacLachlan as the Mayor of Portland.

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.

Saturday Night's Children: Fred Armisen (2002-2013)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

One of SNL's most modest and low-key players, Fred Armisen brought a punk rocker/character comedian hybrid edge, quiet charm, unrelenting versatility, and collaborative talents as both a background and lead funnyman to his eleven seasons — making him one of SNL's most dependable anti-punchline wardens of weirdness — and his best characters blur the line between parody and realism as well as cynicism [...]

Fred Armisen Is Releasing 7" Singles from All His Fake 'SNL' Bands

Get ready to blast the sweet sounds of "Massachusetts Afternoon" on your vintage record player, because Pitchfork reports that SNL/Portlandia star Fred Armisen is releasing a series of 7" singles from all the amazing fake bands he played in during his time at SNL called "Hometown Heroes." The first single is available on February 18th through Drag City Records and will include the above unforgettable Blue Jean Committee song as well as "Embrace Me" by The Fingerlings, a band featured in Dana Carvey's 2011 hosting gig. Fingers crossed that we'll get to hear A Taste of New York and The Bjelland Brothers' classic sparkling apple [...]

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.

A Look at the Debut Episode of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

After a long wait, Late Night with Seth Meyers finally premiered after Fallon's Tonight Show last night with guests Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden and musical guest A Great Big World. While there was definitely a bit of first-episode nerves apparent throughout the episode, Meyers brought the charm he's known for having on Weekend Update, and Poehler broke the ice as his very first guest interview. Above, watch Meyers deliver his first Late Night monologue, then click through to check out some other highlights from the episode, including Poehler and Biden's interviews as well as the very Fallon-esque cold open.

'SNL' Review: Melissa McCarthy and a Farewell to Seth Meyers

Some episodes of SNL are bigger than the host. For example, this season's premiere spotlighted the show's record six new cast members, while host Tina Fey shone in serviceable roles, like her pep talk to Cecily Strong in the latter's first time co-hosting Weekend Update. Similarly, last season's finale focused less on Ben Affleck's career comeback than it did on saying goodbye to Bill Hader and Fred Armisen (and Jason Sudeikis, though his departure hadn't been officially announced at that point). It's an awkward position for the host to find him or herself in, because not only do they feel the pressure to satisfy viewers tuning in to [...]