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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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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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