Fred Armisen

A Field Guide to the Subcultures of ‘Portlandia’

It may have lost the zeitgeist, but if there’s one thing Portlandia still does well, it’s naming — and then lampooning — very specific subcultures. Though the show is often pegged as a parody of hipsters, it deserves credit for not only isolating the many different types of human who tend to get lazily grouped under that heading, but also venturing far beyond it. In honor of last night’s Season 5 finale, in which weirdos nearly took the fall for the eco-terrorists’ attack on Bryce and Lisa’s taxidermy shop, we present a field guide to the diverse, bizarre, and familiar subcultures of Portlandia. … Read More

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Watch: ‘Portlandia’ Spoofs Self-Righteous Male Feminists in Hilarious Clip

IFC’s Portlandia continues its constant and relatively good-natured prodding of Portland’s (and any other predominantly white, liberal American enclave’s)… Read More

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J Mascis and Fred Armisen Cover Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” for ‘Late Night’

Last night, Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist J Mascis performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, accompanied by Fred Armisen (leader of Late Night‘s… Read More

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Watch Fred Armisen, Ellen Page, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Lyonne & More Perform Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities to Love”

Does Fred Armisen have “a reputation?” Is Fred Armisen a sociopath? Is Fred Armisen a womanizer? Luckily, these questions — set… Read More

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Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen Work Through a Lot of Issues on Conan

Portlandia writers and stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have big plans for the future. During a memorable Conan appearance… Read More

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The Age of ‘Portlandia’ Is Over

2014 was a horrifying year for global news, from the Ebola crisis to the rise of ISIS to the kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in Nigeria. The domestic news cycle, meanwhile, was dominated by a series of police killings of unarmed black men (and boys), and the demonstrations and outrageous grand jury proceedings that followed them. Meanwhile, this week’s headlines, which include “the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the attacks in London in July of 2005” and the bombing of an NAACP office in Colorado Springs, don’t bode well for 2015. But you wouldn’t know any of this visiting Portland — sorry, Portlandia — where young-at-heart white people of all ages are still keeping the dream of the ’90s alive, five seasons later. … Read More

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All the Strange Things We Learned From Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s Reddit AMA

The new season of Portlandia, the little satire sketch show that could, premieres January 8 on IFC. So, in addition to the traditional press tour, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, stars and creators of the show, pandered to the young folks and held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over at Reddit. As with any AMA, it was filled with innocuous questions about favorite restaurants and foods, but, still, there’s some stuff to be gleaned from it: … Read More

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Take a Look at Catherine Opie’s ‘Portlandia’ Season 5 Promotional Art

Portlandia, more than perhaps any other show, provides a complex (albeit sketch-comedically exaggerated) blueprint of a community — a warm… Read More

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Fred Armisen Performs in B52s Singer Kate Pierson’s “Mister Sister” Video

The B52s have been chugging along in one form or another since 1979; and in founding member/lead singer Kate Pierson’s 35… Read More

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