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Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein musically preview 'Portlandia'

Portlandia creators and stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are both musically inclined: Armisen’s currently the bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers, while Brownstein’s a founding member of Sleater-Kinney. So it only makes sense that the two would bring some instruments into the mix to preview the latest season of their IFC show.

In the clip, Brownstein plays a woodblock while Armisen sticks to the ukulele. The two also describe the season with a spoken-word performance featuring talk of Toni and Candace, hypochondria, and—what else?— taxidermy. You know, standard Portlandia stuff. READ FULL STORY

'Portlandia' react: Candace and Toni steal the show

Portlandia has, since its beginning, been a slice-of-life show: Each episode focuses on a few different pairings (all played by creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein), and each episode revolves around these different pairings in the present day without much acknowledgement of their pasts. But that changes in the season 5 premiere, a chunk of television that spotlights Women and Women First owners Candace and Toni by giving us a funny, heartfelt, and surprisingly dramatic rundown of how their relationship came to be.

Although this change in format could be jolting, it happens seamlessly partly because the show’s past format inspired a gimme-more reaction due to its just minutes-long focuses on character duos. Now, here the show is giving us more—and it helps that they kicked off this new format by telling the backstory of two of the silliest and most intriguing characters. READ FULL STORY

Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen have a dance-off in 'Portlandia' clip

Before Candace and Toni were owners of the Women and Women First bookstore, they were rivals battling it out on the dance floor—and there’s a clip from the upcoming fifth season of Portlandia to prove it.

Portlandia creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star as Candace and Toni in the recurring Feminist Bookstore sketch, which takes center-stage in the season premiere: Up to this point, viewers have only seen Candace and Toni in the current day, but this episode will trace back their relationship to its apparently hostile beginnings. READ FULL STORY

IFC releases premiere date, trailer for season 5 of 'Portlandia'

You hear that snap? You hear that clap? That is the sound of IFC unveiling a premiere date, trailer, and guest list for season five of Portlandia. READ FULL STORY

'Portlandia' season 5 sneak peek presents the perfect goth funeral

Making arrangements for your own funeral can be a macabre experience, but for two darker characters on Portlandia, it’s more exciting than their birthdays.


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.


'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

'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

'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:


'Portlandia': Fred Armisen gives you 15 esoteric hints about season 3

It’s time to get weird again — but in a totally organic way — as eco-friendly sketch series Portlandia, handcrafted by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, returns for a third season tonight at 10 p.m. on IFC. What can we expect from this new batch of episodes set in the progressive Pacific Northwest city? Armisen invokes the Police’s discography as metaphor. “Whereas the first season was very Outlandos d’Amour, and the second was Reggatta De Blanc,” he notes, “this is definitely Zenyatta Mondatta.” Let’s not stand so close to him so he has the room and the freedom to deliver 15 esoteric clues about season 3. READ FULL STORY

'Portlandia': The new mayor is... Roseanne? -- FIRST LOOK

Roseanne Barr may have fallen short in her bid to become the next President of the United States, but on IFC’s sketch series Portlandia, the comedienne will serve as the city’s highest-ranking public official — at least briefly. “The mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) disappears, and through a temp agency, she fills in as mayor,” teases series co-creator/star Fred Armisen of her two-episode stint, which airs on Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. “She does things in the most efficient way. Because the character didn’t grow up in Portland, she doesn’t have the same understanding of how things go. She’s more like, ‘Look, this is a city, so we have to do those things that cities do.’ We wanted an outsider to come in and say, ‘What is this place?’” READ FULL STORY

'Portlandia' clip: Everything gets spoiled -- VIDEO

Have you ever been at a dinner where everyone is watching the same show — Breaking Bad, say, or Homeland — but nobody wants to talk about it, because they’re all catching up on DVR or Netflix or DVD, and the mere possibility of getting a minor plot point spoiled is enough to send a grown human person into hysterics? Well, a clip from the new season of Portlandia takes that situation to the logical extreme, as series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein host a dinner party and wind up spoiling essentially everything that can be spoiled. Downton AbbeyBreaking BadBoy Meets World, and Chinatown all feature prominently — and “Michael C. Hall in the van!” counts double for Dexter and Six Feet Under — but most of these spoilers are actually pretty vague. With one noteworthy exception: If you haven’t seen all five seasons of The Wire, you probably shouldn’t watch this clip. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'Portlandia': Juliette Lewis, Roseanne Barr, Bill Hader among season 3 guest stars -- EXCLUSIVE

The Pacific Northwest is about to receive a healthy influx of talent from Hollywood. Season 3 of Portlandia, IFC’s quirky sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will feature guest spots by Roseanne Barr, Juliette Lewis, Patton Oswalt, Rose Byrne, George Wendt, Armisen’s SNL castmates Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan, Jim Gaffigan, Matt Berry, Matt Lucas, J Mascis, Dirty Projectors, and, yes, tennis legend Martina Navratilova. READ FULL STORY


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