Fred Armisen

The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg joins tonight’s SNL cast to say goodbye to the 39th season. It’s a somewhat unusual choice in that Samberg was never a strong live performer during his stint on the series. More importantly, however, he introduced an era of “Digital Shorts,” beloved for their big production values, surreal effects, and celebrity cameos. It was a smart way to bring SNL up to speed in the Internet age, keeping it relevant, giving viewers an opportunity to tap into the spirit of the series on their own time. As we leave 39 behind, it’s still unclear who will be checking out (Nasim Pedrad will be busy with FOX sitcom Mulaney this fall) and which featured players will continue on (did any of them really get enough screen time?). The future is uncertain, but let’s leave those worries behind as we conclude another wildly uneven season with (hopefully) a few laughs. … Read More

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‘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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