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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 [...]

Talking to Fred Armisen About 'SNL', 'Portlandia', And Being Part of A Comedy Collective

After 11 years of creating some of the oddest and most memorable characters on Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen left the legendary sketch show at the end of this past season to focus on his other soon-to-be legendary sketch show. Portlandia, which he and co-star Carrie Brownstein created with director Jonathan Krisel, has be picked up for two more seasons on IFC. He will also been seen in the upcoming film Justice for Al, from Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff. I caught up with Armisen over the phone from Portland to talk about great sketch shows and how Game of Thrones influenced Portlandia.

So it is official now that you’ve left SNL?

I think it's clear. I [...]

James Carville Is Running 'Portlandia's Emmy Campaign and Should Probably Run All Emmy Campaigns from Now On

IFC hired famed political strategist James Carville to run the show's campaign for an Emmy award, which looks like it's going to get pretty intense and will hopefully involve a lot of mudslinging at other basic cable sketch comedy shows.

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.

This Week in Comedy: 'SNL' Auditions Two Dozen Black Women for the Cast, Will Add One or Two in January

-After months of diversity criticism, SNL held auditions on both coasts consisting entirely of black female performers. Lorne Michaels said one, or possibly two, will be added to the cast in January.

-Premiere dates were announced for a ton of shows, including Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Jan. 2)Broad City (Jan. 22), Workaholics (Jan. 22)Portlandia (Feb. 27), and Andy Daly's Review (Feb. 27).

-Remakes of Naked Gun (with Ed Helms) and The Odd Couple (with Matthew Perry) are in the works.

-We interviewed Key & Peele showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, writer and standup Dana Gould, and published an old archived interview with George Carlin, and Anchorman 2 star David Koechner.

-Prince [...]

The FBI Is Using a 'Portlandia' Sketch in Intelligence Classes

The FBI is using a sketch from IFC's Portlandia in its training program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. An instructor at the FBI Academy in Virginia approached the show's producers in April to request to use the "Sanitation Twins" sketch from the second season, in which Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownsein play a brother and sister educating the public on recycling. "This falls under the surreal category," Brownstein says. "We granted permission, although he didn't tell us why he was interested … Maybe they're just making fun of us?" The instructor asked to use the sketch for the FBI's advanced intelligence classes, which cover espionage, terrorism, IP theft, and [...]

'Portlandia' Season 3 Review: Fred et Carrie Pour Toujours

If Portlandia represents the classic hipster, it's now sold out for the mainstream. Real bohemians stick with their deliciously obscure Peabody Awards — they don't go and beat out mainstays like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show for the Best Comedy/Variety Series at the WGA Awards. But by continually changing and challenging itself this season and straying from quotable bird and pickle-related catchiness in favor of bigger-picture connectivity, Portlandia has managed to transform from an IFC curio into a crossover hit that manages to ride the cutting-edge waves of savvy DIY culture that will be "So Over" by tomorrow. Here are my five biggest takeaways from what [...]

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.

Fred and Carrie Announce Season 4 of 'Portlandia'

What's more Portlandia than teasing the season 4 premiere of the show via Instagram? Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and crew posted this clip this morning to announce the show's return to IFC on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00PM. Along with the announcement comes a huge list of new and returning guests including 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 of course Kyle MacLachlan as the mayor.

IFC Renews 'Portlandia' for Two More Seasons

IFC announced today that they've renewed Portlandia for a fourth and fifth season. Each will consist of 10 episodes each. With Fred Armisen's recent departure from SNL, he'll now have more time to devote to the series, which is the flagship show of IFC's recent original comedy push. It's no surprise that IFC execs are high on Portlandia considering it scores high ratings and has won the network an Emmy, a WGA Award, and a Peabody. The fourth and fifth seasons of the show are expected to premiere in early 2014 and early 2015.