Fred Armisen

‘Portlandia’s’ “Disappointing Gay” Sketch Looks Very Familiar

A few years ago, my good friend Mikala Bierma and I made a web series called Disappointing Gay Best Friend. It was successful in a specific way: a number of sites shared the videos (such as Jezebel, Salon, The Awl, and BuzzFeed), which each racked up a few hundred thousand views, and there were also some comments attesting to my attractiveness (making this project the only time in the history of the world I took anonymous comments on the Internet at face value, thank you very much). For a very brief period of time, I was even recognized in public — and not, as I had been before then, as “that guy from Modern Family.” It was a brief moment in the sun, and it was fun to make silly videos with my friend that other people seemed to enjoy. … Read More

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Watch St. Vincent Guest Star on ‘Portlandia’ Again

Last season, St. Vincent stopped by Portlandia but didn’t say much, as she was modeling new couture police uniforms designed by Fred… Read More

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How Locals Feel About ‘Portlandia’ and 7 Other Things We Learned at Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s SXSW 2014 Panel

AUSTIN, TX: Tuesday was “convergence day” at SXSW — the one day when the music, film, and interactive conferences all overlap and intertwine into a big, beautiful bowl of geek. So it was the perfect day for Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein to front a big panel discussion and celebration of Portlandia, a show that positions itself smack dab in the middle of that particular Venn diagram; there was certainly an audience for “Portlandia: Behind the Scenes with the Creators,” which took up one of the Austin Convention Center’s biggest venues and was still turning people away nearly a half hour before it even started. Your correspondent was literally the second to last person admitted; here are a few things I learned about the show from my seat in the back row. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: ‘Portlandia’ Tarot Cards

It’s obvious that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein hit a nerve with  Portlandia. If you live in a big city and have complained that people you call “hipsters” are taking over, only to realize that the people you’re calling hipsters actually act and look a lot like you, the show probably bears more resemblance to your life than you’d like to admit. … Read More

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10 Things ‘Portlandia’ Has Totally Ruined

Don’t get us wrong: Portlandia is one of our favorite TV shows, providing the artisanal-everything set with a much-needed dose of lighthearted satire. But over the course of the past three seasons, we’ve noticed that it isn’t just critiquing the lives of young, hip urbanites — it’s changing them, too, by shaming us out of our most hypocritical and cliché tendencies. In celebration of tonight’s Season 3 finale, we offer a list of everything Portlandia has ruined so far. … Read More

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‘The Simpsons’ Hipster Episode Was Everything That’s Wrong With ‘The Simpsons’ Now

Like many other former fans, I stopped watching The Simpsons sometime in the mid-2000s. It’s not that I think it’s uniformly terrible now — it’s still better than a whole lot of other shows on TV — or I’m boycotting it on principle. Hell, I even end up tuning in a few times per season, for a “Treehouse of Horror” or if someone I like is guest starring. But unlike its newish neighbor in Fox’s Sunday-night animation block, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons just can’t hold my attention anymore.

Sure, part of it is just that, a quarter-century into its run, the show rarely comes up with the kind of brilliantly loopy storylines that sustained it through the ’90s. What bothers me even more, though, is that a show that once had so many smart and original things to say about American culture has long seemed behind the times, its criticism mild and stale. In perhaps the most glaring example of this unfortunate trend, The Simpsons welcomed Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (as well as Patton Oswalt and, briefly, The Decemberists) to Springfield for an episode about hipsters. … Read More

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