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Watch a Nice Long Interview with 'Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein

Here's an hour-long interview with Portlandia duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from last year that was just uploaded online today. The discussion was moderated by serious moderator Julie Klausner and recorded at the Paley Center last year. Armisen and Brownstein talk in depth about the show, music, and how Saddam Hussein brought them together.

Watch Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Julie Klausner Visit a Real Feminist Bookstore

Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein teamed up with podcaster/comedian extraordinaire Julie Klausner for Vulture to visit a real feminist bookstore just like the one they depict in Portlandia. Watching the video is like looking at weird books and doing bits with your friends but if your friends were waaaayyyy funnier.

Looks Like Fred Armisen Won't Be Leaving 'SNL' Anytime Soon

For the past three years, Fred Armisen has been pulling double duty, spending the broadcast season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and the summer writing/producing/starring in his and Carrie Brownstein's IFC series Portlandia. With longtime cast members Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg's departures last season and Jason Sudeikis expected to leave in May, it seemed like Armisen might leave SNL soon, but that's not the case according to a recent interview with the comedian. When asked how long he plans on staying at the show by ET Online, Armisen answered, "I thrive most when I have to juggle things. The more I keep myself occupied and [...]

This New 'Portlandia' Clip Has All the Spoilers

Here's a sketch from the new season of Portlandia (premiering Friday) in which a bunch of people try to talk about TV without using spoilers and end up spoiling everything. If you haven't seen every episode of every TV show ever, you should be careful about watching this sketch.

Letterman Grills Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein About Their Relationship

Here's David Letterman being pretty weird towards Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein during an appearance on his show Friday night, obsessively trying to get them to admit to dating each other, even though they're totally not. This is apparently the first platonic friendship between a man and a woman Letterman has ever seen.

Watch 'Portlandia' Director Jonathan Krisel Work

Here's a short profile on Portlandia director/co-creator Jonathan Krisel that IFC just put out. It's an interesting look into the process of one of the best comedy directors going – and one with a visual style that's rare in the genre. Krisel has also worked on Tim and Eric, SNL, and most recently, Kroll Show, but I'm assuming he doesn't have help from weird, eager Portland residents on those shows like he does here.

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: 'Portlandia's Costumes, Props, and Sets

This week on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff is joined by the production designer, Tyler Robinson, and the costume designer, Amanda Needham, for Portlandia.

In this episode they talk about what Portlandia did for Portland, the challenges and joys of working on the show, and how much of the show is based on reality.

"It started as this Portland theme where everything was kind of Portland based, but I think as it's moved on in the seasons, other cities has definitely identified with it and they see themselves in it as well. I think it has gone a little bit beyond just being sketches about Portland [...]

Talking with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein About 'Portlandia' Season 3

Since its debut two years ago, Portlandia has steadily evolved from a quirky takedown of hipster stereotypes to an award-winning hit series that made "Put A Bird On It" part of our national lexicon. Such a combination of street and suit cred ensures a bevy of star cameos in season 3, and tonight's double-episode premiere "Take Back MTV" and "Missionaries" includes guest appearances by Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren, Matt Pinfield, Chloë Sevigny, and everyone's favorite mayor Kyle MacLachlan. I recently spoke with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about writing the newest season, collaborating with their long list of guest stars, and the most "Portlandy" US cities that aren't [...]

Talking to Kumail Nanjiani About Standup, Acting, 'SNL' Auditions and More

Fans of Kumail Nanjiani have no shortage of places to find him. He's appeared in every season of IFC's Portlandia, and is a regular on TNT's legal dramedy Franklin & Bash. He also hosts the video game podcast The Indoor Kids alongside his wife Emily V. Gordon, co-hosts the weekly standup show The Meltdown in Los Angeles with Nerdist’s Jonah Ray, and just recorded his first special and CD for Comedy Central.

I recently got the chance to chat with him about acting, touring, and auditioning for SNL.

You recently recorded your first hour special in Austin. Does it have a name yet?

There's a couple names we're kicking [...]

SF Sketchfest's 2013 Lineup: 'Portlandia,' 'Childrens Hospital,' Stella, and Maya Rudolph Covering Prince

Long-running Bay Area comedy festival SF Sketchfest just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's pretty impressive roster that includes pretty much everybody in comedy. The event runs from January 24 to February 10, 2013, taking place in 26 different venues in San Francisco. Tickets ranging from $10 to $50 will go on sale at 10:00am PST this Sunday at www.sfsketchfest.com. The lineup is so good it should make any comedy fan who doesn't live near San Francisco go absolutely insane with envy. Highlights include:

  • Tributes to Portlandia and Childrens Hospital with the creators and cast
  • Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter reuniting to perform [...]

Check Out a Field Guide for the Residents of 'Portlandia'

Fast Company just put out a field guide for Portlandia's recurring characters, showing the ins and outs of everyone in town from feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candice to entertainment-obsessed to Doug and Claire to Fred and Carrie, themselves. Flipping through the guide really show's how amazing Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's abilities as character chameleons are and a reminder of how many different types of frustrating people they've managed to capture in a funny way.

Fred Armisen Will Co-Host Next Week's 'This American Life' as Ira Glass

Quirky public radio program This American Life will have a very special guest this weekend: Fred Armisen as Ira Glass. The episode's theme is "doppelgängers," and Armisen will be co-hosting with the real Ira Glass for the entire hour. You can listen to it tomorrow afternoon on the radio via your local NPR affiliate or download it Sunday in podcast form. According to This American Life's website, Armisen developed his Ira Glass impression for Saturday Night Live but never used it on the show after deciding "the public radio personality isn't quite famous enough to be mocked on network TV." Why didn't he do it on Portlandia then, [...]

Fred Armisen Did a Bunch of Fun Stuff on Jimmy Fallon Last Night

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon kicked off 2013 in style last night, with Fallon's SNL war buddy Fred Armisen dropping by for an extended visit that saw them going over fake albums they made together, singing a song off one of those albums, talking SNL and Portlandia, and Fred competing in a drum-off with Questlove. Oh, also, Jimmy Fallon has a beard now. Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

Two Days in Portlandia: A Photo Recap

If it weren't for Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the rest of America might never have known about freestyle canoers, artisanal lightbulb shop owners, angry bicycle rights activists, and all the other things that make Portlandia so post-hip hilarious. No matter where you live, there's most likely a Portlandia sketch that nails a side of you and your neighbors like no other show, whether it's arrogance, a need to fit in, or a perceived hate for any kind of urban subculture, from feminists to locavores to dumpster divers. I'm a big fan, but I'm from Harrisburg — I'd never traveled further west than [...]