Fred ArmisenLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Amazon's Forever is absurd, reflective, irreverent, fantastical and grounded
Source: The New York Times
"If you’ve heard anything about Forever, you’ve probably heard nothing," says James Poniewozik of the Amazon comedy starring SNL alums Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. "That is, you’ve heard that it takes some sharp turns and goes places you didn’t expect to follow it to, and that it would be unsporting for a reviewer to say much more. That’s all true, and thus I’ll zip it about most of what happens beyond the first episode. You will think you have figured out what kind of show Forever is, and you will be wrong, and you will figure it out again, and you will be wrong again. (The show is best binged quickly; if it’s not for you, you’ll probably know three episodes in.) But in another sense, Forever is the same story from beginning to end. It’s a narratively nimble show that’s thematically about routine, emotional fidelity and the possibility, or impossibility, of reinvention."
- It's rare that a series ends up being something much different from what you expect at the outset
- Forever is forcing us out of our habitual TV comfort zones
- Unfortunately, Forever seems too prioritize twists over story
- Co-creator Alan Yang: "One of the freedoms and luxuries Amazon gave us was to pace the show in this unusual way"
- Yang and fellow co-creator Matt Hubbard pitched Armisen and Rudolph all kinds of show ideas, including one set in a preschool
- How Forever created its powerful opening montage
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Watch Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married couple on Amazon's Forever
The SNL alums play a couple who are stuck in a rut when something happens to shake up their marriage. Parks and Recreation alums Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard created Forever, premiering on Sept. 14.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Here's your first look at Moonbase 8 starring Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker as mediocre astronauts
They are playing three subpar astronauts living in NASA’s Moon Base Simulator on the series that has yet to find a network home.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 5:55PM EDT
HBO orders Fred Armisen's Spanish-language comedy Los Espookys
Lorne Michaels is reteaming with Armisen for their first post-Portlandia project, a half-hour Spanish-language comedy that follows a group of friends in a strange and dreamy version of present-day Mexico City, who turn their love of horror into a peculiar business. The 10-episode Los Espookys, formerly known as Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen, stars Armisen and counts SNL writer and Tonight show contributor Julio Torres among its stars. The cast also boasts Mexican actors Bernardo Velasco and Cassandra Ciangherotti. According to Deadline, Velasco plays "Renaldo, the leader of Los Espookys. He’s noble, kind, serene and obsessed with gore. He’s always running out of cellphone minutes." Torres will play Renaldo's best friend and Armisen will take on the role of Tico, Renaldo's uncle in Los Angeles, who's "a prodigious valet driver living his dream of parking cars."
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
Source: The A.V. Club
“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
Source: TV Guide
"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.