“It’s a magical place”: Kyle MacLachlan and Fred Armisen wax rhapsodic about Portland

IFC’s long-running sketch comedy series Portlandia aired its series finale earlier this year, capping off a seven-year run of bizarre, Portland-loving, hipster-skewering satire. We caught up with co-creator Fred Armisen and the (fictional) mayor of Portland himself, Kyle MacLachlan, to reminisce, talk about their love…

Fred and Carrie help Rachel Bloom land a date in this exclusive Portlandia clip

Celebrity cameos on Portlandia range from the recurring (think Kyle MacLachlan as “Mayor”) to the kooky and entrepreneurial (Jeff Goldblum hawking actual knots), so multi-hyphenate performer Rachel Bloom’s appearance in the final season could really go anywhere. Does she lead a marching band through the city, or maybe…

The Last Man On Earth repeatedly hits one morbid note in its winter finale

After being off the air for a month, The Last Man On Earth returned last week with a POV episode about Karl Cowperthwaite, a dorky cannibalistic serial killer played by Fred Armisen. The episode illustrates how Karl’s social awkwardness and mundane lifestyle disarms his victims who naturally don’t believe he’s capable…

Fred Armisen stars as a cannibalistic serial killer in a flashback episode of The Last Man On Earth

Last season, The Last Man On Earth took a three-month break between its fall finale and its spring premiere. When the series finally returned, it aired an episode that didn’t feature any of the main cast and told a story about life during the viral outbreak from the perspective of Pamela (Kristen Wiig), a haughty…

Fred Armisen to star in a Spanish-language pilot for HBO 

According to Variety, Fred Armisen has sold a Spanish-language pilot to HBO that he’ll write, executive produce, and star in. The project is a half-hour comedy called Mexico City: Only Good Things Happen, and it’s reportedly about a group of friends in a “dreamy version” of Mexico City who are “obsessed with horror…

Fred Armisen is the grandson of a dancer-turned-spy, and it’s blowing his mind in a Finding Your Roots exclusive

Last January, Fred Armisen appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, during which he told his former Saturday Night Live castmate about traveling to Japan to learn more about his paternal grandfather, the dancer and choreographer Masami Kuni. The Portlandia star mentioned that he was inspired to learn more about…

Samantha Bee, other white people, advise hugging rather than punching Nazis

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee returned on Wednesday, with America’s favorite Canadian late-night comedy host catching up on all she’d clearly not missed while she, one can only hope, slept the sleep of the just, somewhere far away from the Trump-despoiled landscape she regularly scours for injustice. Bee ran down the…

Band Aid makes unmemorable music from a couple’s domestic duress

Feuding lovers is inexhaustible dramatic material, because anyone who’s ever had a spat with their spouse or significant other—which is to say, anyone who’s ever had a spouse or a significant other—can see a little of themselves in the wars of words waged across bedrooms and breakfast tables. Of course, the best…

Jerry Seinfeld to headline Comedy Central’s Colossal Clusterfest in San Francisco

This week, Comedy Central and Outside Lands/Bonnaroo organizers Superfly announced Colossal Clusterfest, a three-day comedy festival in San Francisco that will feature a ton of famous comedians, musicians, and “iconic comedy attractions” based on South Park, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Seinfeld—only one of…

Old 97’s are “Good With God,” Fred Armisen, and Jenna Fischer in new video

Graveyard Whistling, the latest from The Old 97’s, is out today, and the band’s marking the occasion by releasing the music video for “Good With God.” Directed by Lee Kirk, the video riffs on music interview shows, and features Jenna Fischer playing the host of One Hour And Sixty Minutes. She’s trying to interview the…

Cue the ukulele: a Bob’s Burgers music album is on the way

It’s about time someone compiled the many weird, charming songs of Bob’s Burgers for a full album release, which is just what Sub Pop’s done. Pitchfork reports the label will put out the The Bob’s Burgers Music Album on May 12. The LP features 112 songs as performed by the core cast—H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal,…

Men’s rights activists praise men in film and Carrie makes a friend in a pointed Portlandia

Early in Portlandia’s run, the show established a friendly relationship with the local basketball team, as former Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge proved to be quite an amusing comic foil. Now, with Aldridge in San Antonio, Damian Lillard has taken over as the team’s biggest star, so it makes sense that he would…

Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein tell us their favorite high school albums

At the recent Television Critics Association press tour, the jaded crowd actually groaned when IFC announced that Portlandia’s eighth season next year would be its last. Since 2011, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have been poking fun at hipster culture as they offer up a variety of (often gender-switched)…