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June 12, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Fred Armisen may be debating whether to exit "Saturday Night Live," but he's not leaving Portland any time soon. IFC has renewed "Portlandia" for a fourth and fifth season. The network made the announcement Wednesday, saying the comedy series from Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater Kinney) will premiere the new 10-episode seasons in early 2014 and early 2015, respectively. In the show, they lovingly mock the hipsters and other residents of Portland, Ore. "Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense...
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November 21, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Chicago's going to get a bit of Portland in January. “Portlandia,” actually, so get ready to meet Toni and Candice, the hilarious proprieters of the feminist bookstore “Women and Women First.” Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, stars and creators of IFC's sketch comedy series, kick off a six-city tour in December that will bring them to The Hideout Jan. 18. Tickets ($20-$30) go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. For information, go to hideoutchicago.com . “Portlandia: The Tour” features Armisen and Brownstein performing live music and sharing...
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November 14, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are hard at work filming Season 3 of "Portlandia," and to prove it IFC has released a sneak peek skit from the new season. "Meditation Crush" hit the web last week (sorry I'm way behind!) and it shows Armisen and Brownstein as two members of a yoga class with very different thoughts about the other. It's quite funny and a perfect gift to hold fans over until Jan. 4, when the season begins. But that's not all the good folks at "Portlandia" have for us. A pre-season bonus episode titled "Winter in Portlandia" will air at 9:30 p.m. CT Dec. 14 on IFC, and...
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July 8, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"Portlandia" fans get a special treat July 20 when IFC airs a new one-hour special, "Portlandia: The Brunch Special. " "Portlandia: The Brunch Special" takes fans behind-the-scenes into the making of the Season 2 finale, "Brunch Village" with a director's cut of the episode in which co-creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star as beloved characters like feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, and eco-conscious Peter and Nance, as they...
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February 10, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The latest teaser sketch for Season 4 of "Portlandia" takes both statement art and McDonald's to task. In "Anti-Corporate Student Art," Fred Armisen plays a Portland Community College art teacher asking his students to stick it to big business by painting Ronald McDonald in a thought-provoking way. "Ronald McDonald," he says, "plus something violent and crazy like money equals shock. Shock me. " He asks the model dressed as Ronald McDonald, who happens to be his wife, to pose in a gas mask, with a gun, in an attack position and other...
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January 13, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Have you ever sat down to watch an episode from a full season DVD set of a TV series, and found yourself still on the couch hours later watching just one more episode? That was Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's inspiration for the latest episode of "Portlandia," titled appropriately "On Moore Episode. " It airs at 9 p.m. Jan. 13 on IFC, but you can see it at the network's web site already. In the episode, Doug (Armisen) and Claire (Brownstein) get pulled into a days-long "Battlestar Galactica" marathon.
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January 17, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
“I just saw a bunch of copies of RedEye; I'm in Chicago right now!” Fred Armisen said during a recent conference call in which he and his “Portlandia” co-creator/star, Carrie Brownstein, phoning from Portland, were promoting their the hit IFC sketch comedy show. Armisen, who lived in Chicago in the 1980s and '90s, when he played drums with punk band Trenchmouth and worked as a drummer for “Blue Man Group,” and Brownstein, the guitarist-vocalist from riot grrrl band Sleater-Kinney and indie-rock group Wild Flag, are in the midst of a nationwide tour to promote Season...
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January 3, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
No one is safe from the gentle mocking of IFC's "Portlandia" when it returns for its third season at 9 p.m. Jan. 4: the people of Portland, Ore., hipsters everywhere, or even TV fans. In a skit called "Spoilers," co-creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show their own love of TV as they play dinner party-goers who want to talk about the latest episodes of "Homeland" and "Game of Thrones," but there's always someone at the party trying to avoid spoilers. It's just another of the many keen and hilarious observations from the duo and...
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