Here's the debut episode of Kumail Tours Portlandia, a new Portlandia web series starring amazingly-funny comedian and Portlandia regular Kumail Nanjiani, in which he walks around Portland, Oregon, trying to find real people and things similar to those on the show. In the first installment, he visits a feminist book store called "In Other Words" that was the partial inspiration for Portlandia's "Women & Women First." Future episodes will see Nanjiani visiting a chicken retirement home, the Portland Steampunk Society, and a vegan strip club. It should be pretty tough to find the real mayor of Portland's secret reggae band, though.
Portlandia's third season kicks off on January 4th at 10, but the show's coming back a little early to fill your heart with holiday cheer. IFC has announced that an all-new special called "Winter in Portlandia" will air December 14th at 10:30/9:30c, meeting all your feminist bookstore comedy needs for those of you who can't wait until 2013 for more of this wonderful show.
Fred Armisen is on this week's episode of Alec Baldwin's podcast, Here's The Thing. It's a fun conversation about Armisen's career and features a particularly touching moment when he calls Carrie Brownstein his soulmate. But the best part might come at the end, when Alec Baldwin reveals that the whole interview was just a ploy to get a cameo on Portlandia:
Baldwin: Can I play a customer on Portlandia? Can I come to a restaurant?
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Can I come and just do something? Order a–
Armisen: Any time.
Baldwin: Who would I play? What would I order?
Armisen: I think you would come from Southern California and you’d order all [...]
- Chloe Sevigny is going stop by Portlandia to play Fred and Carrie's new roommate Alexandra. If you made a list of perfect Portlandia guest stars, Chlo-Sev had to be in the top seven, if not the top four.
- Little Britain's Matt Lucas (aka the bald fellow in Bridesmaids) will be coming to Community to play Toby, a nerdish fellow who Abed meets at an Inspector Spacetime convention. The fast friends become faster friends when they learn they had previously "met" online. Sounds like a nice enough character, which makes me believe he will ultimately turn into a villain. A British villain. I smell a [...]