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 [...]
"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.
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.
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.
-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.