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'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 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 [...]

Ed Begley Jr. Is a Cool Priest on 'Portlandia'

Here's a sketch from tomorrow's episode of Portlandia, in which Ed Begley Jr. plays a priest rebranding his church for a new audience and also trying acupuncture for the first time.

Carrie Brownstein Schools Fred Armisen in Hip Hop History in This 'Portlandia' Clip

If the history of hip hop isn't your strongest area of expertise, check out this clip from Portlandia in which Carrie is a caring and very patient hip hop history teacher for Fred, who missed out on the genre completely. Will Fred be ready for the one moment he's tested on his newfound knowledge?

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.

Carrie Brownstein on the Multidimensional Feminism of 'Portlandia'

"The fact that people go to Portland to visit a tiny feminist bookstore—no matter what the impetus is for them getting there—the fact that they go in there and look around and shop for books or stationery or whatever, is a major source of pride for me."

- Carrie Brownstein examines the ways that Portlandia — which is currently filming its fifth season — has celebrated the many facets of feminism in a new interview with Bust.

'Portlandia's Jonathan Krisel Is Directing and Co-Writing Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s FX Pilot with Them

Portlandia director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel has landed a coveted new TV gig: he's directing, co-writing, and producing Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K.'s upcoming FX pilot, THR reports. The untitled half-hour comedy pilot, which was announced in January, will star Galifianakis and will be co-created by Galifianakis, Krisel, and Louis C.K. C.K. is producing the show as part of his new multi-year deal with FX to create and produce new shows for them.

This is one of two FX pilots Krisel is directing and producing, along with Man Seeking Women, which stars Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre, is produced by Lorne Michaels, and was created by [...]

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 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.

There Will Be a 'Portlandia' Cookbook

Get ready for what is probably the first cookbook based on a sketch comedy show. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have signed a deal to write a Portlandia cookbook, Publishers Marketplace reports. Aptly titled The Portlandia Cookbook, it'll feature 50 recipes that are included in storylines in the show as well as incorporating the IFC sketch show's characters, some stories, and some sidebars. The cookbook is set for a spring 2015 release, while Portlandia is due to return for its fourth season on February 27th. This is the second Portlandia book following 2012's Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, written by Armisen and Brownstein. IFC renewed the show [...]

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 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 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.

Steve Buscemi Is the Celery Guy in This 11-Minute 'Portlandia' Sneak Peek

Portlandia returns on IFC for a fourth season next Thursday, so IFC released this 11-minute sneak peek featuring Fred and Carrie as some no-nonsense Produce Sales Headquarters innovators and Steve Buscemi as the man tasked with making celery as hip as kale, even if that means teaming up with the creepy Bacon Guy down by the docks.