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Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker will play subpar astronauts on comedy Moonbase 8
Armisen is reteaming with fellow Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel on the six-episode comedy set aboard NASA's Moon Base Simulator in the desert. They'll play three subpar astronauts hoping to go on the next moon mission. The comedy will be independently financed and shopped to a network.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
Portlandia's series finale signals the death knell for hipster comedy
Hipster jokes are out and millennial jokes are in, says Jesse David Fox on the occasion of tonight's Portlandia series finale. Older people always make fun of younger people. For Portlandia, hipster jokes were a way for two members of Generation X, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, to mock younger Gen X-ers and older millennials -- the "Xennials" born in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Hipster jokes now have been replaced by millennial jokes as a new group of younger people have become the object of scorn. "Essentially, millennial jokes are what Gen-X jokes or baby boomer jokes were when those people were in their 20s," says Fox. "Hipster jokes were just a bridge, focusing on the group of young people on the border of two generations, young Gen-Xers and old millennials. It makes sense, then, that Portlandia was made by two true Gen-Xers making fun of the new youths they saw infiltrating their city. Now that it’s over, Portlandia, not unlike Laugh-In, will remain as a sort of time capsule for those between times." He adds: "Portlandia was the king of the once-mighty genre of hipster comedy, but like with skinny jeans, there is no longer a market for it. To quote one of the show’s most famous sketches: It’s over!"
- "The Portland that existed before Portlandia is completely different from the Portland that exists now"
- Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein release a thank-you video
- Portlandia was at its best when it tackled food and wine
- These nine legendary Portlandia sketches will live on
- Armisen and Brownstein recall their favorite characters
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
Chadwick Boseman and Cardi B booked for their SNL debuts
The Black Panther star will host Saturday Night Live on April 7, joined by rapper Cardi B, who is also performing for the first time on the Studio 8H stage.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Fred Armisen’s Standup for Drummers Netflix comedy special gets a trailer
Netflix says the Portlandia star’s Feb. 6 special “explores a variety of topics including his inability to truly understand jazz, the subtle differences in American accents from around the country, why great photography is overrated, and of course, his love of being a drummer.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Jason Momoa: I had trouble finding work after Game of Thrones because people thought I couldn’t speak English
"Yeah, not a lot of people thought I spoke English. It was very challenging," Momoa tells Jimmy Fallon of his convincing Dothraki language skills. Momoa says he didn’t know about the false perception until he met Fred Armisen, who was stunned that he spoke English.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Portlandia was fundamentally an expression of the Obama era, which is why it had to end
“We should be clear about something: Portlandia was always going to end this year,” says William Hughes, “regardless of who won the big prize in 2016. (Eight seasons is a damn long run for any sketch series that isn’t Saturday Night Live.) But Trump’s victory still felt like a retroactive death knell for the show, a widespread political statement that that dream of the ’90s might be well and truly dead. Like some kind of beautiful but easily disturbed freshwater fish, Portlandia was a product of a dangerously hope-rich environment. And while it’ll be fascinating to see how well it can swim during this last batch of episodes, we can’t really blame it if it doesn’t get very far in a world where the chemicals it was born and bathed in—things like safety, equality, comfort, and, most especially, that Obama-propagated idea that ‘Things are going to be okay’—are suddenly in such drastically short supply.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Portlandia co-creators came to a “very organic decision” to end the series
"We just thought that we would like to have some sense of control over how to conclude the series as opposed to it getting away from us or getting canceled," Armisen said as he and Carrie Brownstein met the press for the final time. "We wanted to end the show while we all love doing it and have good feelings about it. It just seemed like the right time. And also, eight seasons is a lot... It was a very organic decision.” ALSO: Portlandia will have its first horse experience in Season 8.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
Portlandia takes on sexism in the workplace in the first preview of its final season
The IFC series is proving to be relevant as it preps to return in January.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
Leighton Meester is coming to The Last Man on Earth
The Gossip Girl alum, who originally auditioned for January Jones’ role on the Fox comedy, will be involved in a story arc related to new recurring cast member Fred Armisen.
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 2:06PM EST
Catherine Keener joins Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph’s Amazon comedy
So far, details of the untitled comedy have been kept under wraps, but Keener is expected to recur as a mysterious neighbor to Armisen and Rudolph. Deadline says the SNL alums are playing a married couple.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Fred Armisen’s next project: The Spanish-language Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen for HBO
The Portlandia alum is reuniting with Lorne Michaels to write, executive produce and star in a half-hour comedy pilot “described as being set in a dreamy version of present day Mexico City, following a group of friends obsessed with horror films and monster makeup." SNL writer Julio Torres and The Chris Gethard Show writer Ana Fabrega will also co-write and star in the potential series, which is casting in Mexico City. This will mark yet another partnership between Michaels and Armisen, who’ve worked together on Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, Documentary Now! and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Fred Armisen is the latest SNL alum to guest on Last Man on Earth
The Portlandia vet will play a character named Karl, “a survivor with an interesting past.”
Posted Sunday 9/10/17 at 1:58AM EDT
Amazon reunites Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph for a comedy, and orders a Wong Kar-wai drama series
The SNL alums are reuniting for an untitled single-camera comedy from Master of None’s Alan Yang. Meanwhile, the acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai is developing Tong Wars, about Chinese immigrants in 19th century China. Also in the works are projects from Seth Rogen, the creators of How I Met Your Mother and The Office’s Greg Daniels.
Posted Wednesday 8/23/17 at 6:58PM EDT
Check out the trailer for Netflix’s animated adult comedy Big Mouth
Nick Kroll is producing the edgy comedy that will feature the voices of John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph.