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Fred Armisen talks working with his friends and 'Portlandia' Emmy nods

Fred Armisen is everywhere — Broad City, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers – and now, he can add being on 2014’s Emmy nominations list to his resume.

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Scott Aukerman on the late-night landscape, U2 T-shirts, and the 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' series finale

Fans of whimsically funny television, rejoice! Scott Aukerman’s untethered late-night talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! returns for a third season at 10:30 p.m. ET on IFC tonight. The premiere features Aukerman and his musical sidekick Reggie Watts welcoming guest Patton Oswalt to their sofa for a delightfully odd half-hour — we liked it so much we decided we wanted to chat with Scott ourselves. Read on for our interview with the increasingly ubiquitous podcast/TV/improv/sketch/musical star who’s proven himself to be such an essential part of the cool-kid comedy scene that he can count even President Obama as a collaborator. READ FULL STORY

IFC orders series from 'SNL' vets Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen

IFC is solidifying itself as a destination for top names in comedy. Ahead of its annual upfront event scheduled for Thursday evening, the network announced a 2014-15 programming and development slate that includes a new series from a trio of Saturday Night Live veterans and Community star Joel McHale.

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are behind the new comedy American Documentary, a half-hour anthology series featuring documentaries and biopics about completely made-up historical figures. Also added to the schedule is American Storage, a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant) as a free-spirited L.A. bachelor who lives in a storage facility. Both new series are slated to premiere in 2015.

Next year IFC will also introduce the Comedy Music Awards, a collaboration with CollegeHumor that satirizes traditional awards shows, while honoring the best in the musical comedy genre.

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'Portlandia' first look: 'The Celery Incident' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Throw out all your kale and swiss chard, because there’s a new vegetable in town — if your town is Portlandia, that is.

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, we asked Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein to give us the lowdown on their favorite sketches and characters from the IFC show’s past three seasons. And with the fourth season premiere coming up next week (Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET), we also cajoled them into discussing an upcoming series of sketches that’s sure to become a fan favorite: “The Celery Incident,” which you can watch in its entirety below.

It stars Steve Buscemi as a down-on-his luck salesman trying hard to get the humble vegetable’s brand to take off; think of it as Glengarry Glen Ross meets Gil from The Simpsons. Take a look at the clip below, and read on to see what Fred and Carrie had to say about the sketch. READ FULL STORY

'Late Night With Seth Meyers': Fred Armisen to 'curate and lead' house band

Seth Meyers has just tweeted the first photo of his upcoming talk show’s 8G Band, a.k.a. the Roots to his Jimmy Fallon. Spy any familiar faces?

That’s right — Meyers’ old SNL pal Fred Armisen, an accomplished musician who began his showbiz career as a drummer for a punk group (and, uh, the Blue Man Group), will serve as the frontman for Meyers’ Late Night band. Meyers says Armisen will both “curate and lead” 8G, even when the quirky comedian is busy with his own IFC comedy series, Portlandia:

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Fred Armisen, Marc Maron join Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival announced their full headliner lineup this morning, adding Fred Armisen and Marc Maron to a billing that already includes the likes of Dennis Miller, Kids in the Halls, Mike Birbiglia, and Demetri Martin. The Austin-based festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, will run from April 23-26. This is the third annual Moontower event, which celebrates the best and weirdest in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.

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'Portlandia': Get a first look at a season 4 sketch and its spin-off webisodes -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fresh, gluten-free, locally sourced episodes of Portlandia don’t hit the air for another month (IFC, Feb. 27, 10 p.m.), but your first whiff of season 4 is a mere click away. The following sketch, which will be seen in the fourth episode, features the return of middle-aged couple Malcolm (Fred Armisen) and Kris (Carrie Brownstein), who appeared in season 3’s “Fart Patio” and season 2’s “Firepit.” This time, they are tailgating before a Prairie Home Companion show at Rose Quarter, and s#@%’s about to get crazy. Like, spouting-off-about-jug-bands-and-sipping-slightly-illegal-tea crazy. The “Prairie Home Companion Tailgating” bit is also being spun off into a series of four webisodes, which you can also watch below. Warning: Contains a streaker.

Celebrity guests joining Armisen and Brownstein this season include Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Wilde, Vanessa Bayer, k.d. Lang, and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, while Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudekis, Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Goldblum are among the returning faces. READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family': Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt to guest in Vegas episode

The Modern Family gang is headed to Las Vegas to film an episode with a pair of comedy aces: Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen. READ FULL STORY

'SNL': Veteran Kenan Thompson on the show's big cast exodus -- and its future

The times are a’changin’ at Saturday Night Live. Jason Sudeikis recently confirmed his exit from the show — joining fellow vets Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, both of whom said their goodbyes during May’s season finale. And that’s not the last of it: When Seth Meyers jumps ship in 2014 to prepare to take over NBC‘s Late Night, SNL will lose not only a longtime cast member (and Weekend Update anchor), but also its head writer since 2006.

It’s a lot for one show to handle all at once — especially coming just a year after cast MVP Kristen Wiig and Digital Short mastermind Andy Samberg (along with the rest of his Lonely Island crew) stepped away from SNL as well.

After the dust settles and Meyers finally says his last goodbye, SNL‘s cast will only boast one person who’s been around since before the Bush administration’s final days: Kenan Thompson, a former child star who joined the show in 2003. Add on the five years he spent performing on Nickelodeon’s All That, and Thompson has been doing televised sketch comedy even longer than Darrell Hammond — who stuck around Studio 8H for 14 seasons, making him the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live history.

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Fred Armisen confirms he's done with 'SNL': 'I really felt like it was obvious'

In case it wasn’t clear from the sweet sketch that closed out the show this year: Yes, Fred Armisen really is leaving Saturday Night Live. And he kind of figured you knew that already.

“I think it’s clear,” the comedian told Splitsider in a new interview when asked if his exit was official. “I didn’t do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious” after Armisen’s last sketch, in which he sang an evocative tune as punk rocker Ian Rubbish. Armisen called the segment “a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne [Michaels] and to the cast.”

Armisen said that leaving the show after 11 years “felt very natural,” partially because so many of its most senior cast members — including Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Bill Hader — had either left the previous year or were set to step down this past May. And then there was Portlandia, Armisen’s IFC sketch series: “Portlandia started to pull me away more and more, schedule-wise, and I just felt like it’d be nice to focus on it a little more and go into the fall a bit more with shooting,” he explained.

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'Portlandia' renewed for two more seasons

The dream of the ’90s is still alive! IFC has renewed Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, for two more seasons. Season 4 will begin in early 2014 and season 5 is scheduled for early 2015. Each season has a ten-episode order.

In a press release, the president and general manager of IFC Jennifer Caserta said, “Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more. We can now celebrate two more seasons.”

Armisen recently said goodbye to Saturday Night Live singing a song he wrote called “It’s a Lovely Day” that ended “It’s been all right, I’ve had a lovely night with you.”

Watch a classic Portlandia season one clip below:

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Jay Pharoah tweets that Jason Sudeikis is leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

Saturday Night Live might need to find a new Devil for next season.

After Saturday Night Live‘s finale publicly bid farewell to both Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, some fans thought that meant Jason Sudeikis would in fact be returning. But according to a since-deleted tweet from cast member Jay Pharoah, that might not be the case. “Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of those three and just them as people in general will be missed but we will be strong and carry on..” Pharoah wrote yesterday (captured by Splitsider) before deleting the message.

A rep for Saturday Night Live and Sudeikis did not immediately return EW’s request for comment.

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Report: Fred Armisen to leave 'Saturday Night Live'; Jason Sudeikis 'probably' out as well

Looks like the 2013-2014 television season will be a rebuilding year for SNL.

An unnamed source at NBC has confirmed to the New York Post that longtime castmember Fred Armisen has decided to exit the sketch show after 11 seasons. That same source tells the Post that SNL veteran Jason Sudeikis will “probably” leave the show as well this year. NBC had no comment, and reps for Armisen and Sudeikis didn’t immediately respond to EW’s inquiries.

It would hardly be a shock if these exit rumors turn out to be true. While Armisen was once a dominant presence on Saturday Night Live, his appearances on the show have grown less frequent since he began devoting himself to his own sketch series, IFC’s Portlandia, in 2010. And Sudeikis has been pondering leaving the show for nearly a year. READ FULL STORY

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