• Grammy Nominations: Jim Gaffigan pre-congratulates Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle

    Grammy nominations were announced on Friday morning, including the contenders for Best Comedy Album. And there are plenty of big names up for the honor. Dave Chappelle, who won the 2018 Grammy in this category, is nominated for his album Equanimity & The Bird Revelation. He is up against the 2017 winner, Patton Oswalt, who is nominated for his album Annihilation. Oswalt jokingly tweeted Friday morning that he and his

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    W. Kamau Bell, Jello Biafra inject thought into Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fred Armisen brings Ian Rubbish

    AUSTIN — If Friday’s comedians at Fun Fun Fun Fest contended with the low lows of celebrity and popular culture, Saturday’s theme might as well have been “Damn the man, save the Empire.” Politics, politics, and more politics. W. Kamau Bell’s set, for example, offered an appealing blend of his personal experiences and political critique that had the audience at once laughing and thinking carefully about how race works in

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    Portlandia season 5 sneak peek: Goths love funerals (Video)

    Just in time for Halloween, IFC has released a sneak peek for Portlandia’s fifth season, set to premiere in Janauary 2015. It’s here that we find Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein as an over-the-top Goth couple reveling in planning their respective funerals. They want something special, not just the typical ho-hum celebration of death. They want shrieks and squeaky doors. And jackals. There must be jackals. Check it out below.

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    Feminist Portlandia bookstore will close down in real life without financial support

    The Women & Women First bookstore featured on Portlandia is still in business. But the real-life feminist bookstore – called In Other Words – in which those sketches starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are filmed may be closing up shop if its owners don’t get a much-needed monetary injection. Located in Northeast Portland, In Other Words is not just a bookstore but is also a feminist community center— and

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    Dave Hill as Stephen Colbert’s bandleader? Yes Please. Laughspin asks the facemelter about the grassroots movement to make it so

    As David Letterman prepares to leave Late Show at the end of the year and Stephen Colbert prepares to take over Letterman’s seat at CBS, who is preparing to be Colbert’s bandleader? It’s a fair question, you guys. It seems every late night host needs a band and a bandleader, right? Letterman has Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Fallon has Questlove of The Roots, Seth Meyers has Fred Armisen, Conan O’Brien has

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    IFC now working with Seth Meyers, Joel McHale, Rob Huebel and many more

    IFC, which has evolved into a destination for “alt comedy” television over the years, has excitedly announced its lineup of shows for the 2014-2015 season, including two new shows and a semi-serious awards show. Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers have teamed up for a docu-parody series under the working title of American Documentary. The half-hour docs will each cover a different subject such as important political figures, influential

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    South By Southwest Comedy, day 2: Comedy Bang Bang, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata

    AUSTIN – Okay, forewarning: there was too much legit Sunday night to be able to comprehensively share all of the laughs with you, dear readers, but I will do my damnedest to offer the highlights. Checked out three shows, all in a row, and lived to tell the tale. Mostly. Sunday kicked off with two back-to-back live tapings of Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast, now obviously also a series

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    Seth Meyers names SNL alum Fred Armisen as band leader for Late Night

    Portlandia creator and star Fred Armisen has a new gig: band leader on the new Late Night with Seth Meyers. Yes, you read right. Fellow Saturday Night Live alum Armisen will “curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia,” Meyers tweeted. Armisen actually has quite the musical history. He played in a punk band back in the 80s before working as a

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    IFC announces long list of Portlandia guest stars for season four

    Like the three prior seasons, Portlandia’s fourth season promises no dearth of stellar special guests when it returns to IFC on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 pm ET. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will be joined by brand new faces like Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, Kirsten Dunst, Nick Swardson, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Wilde, Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm), Mark Proksch (The Office), sex columnist Dan Savage, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

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    Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen return to SNL to help skewer Sound of Music (Video)

    Last night Saturday Night Live welcomed back two of its recently exited stars — Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen — to help skewer Thursday’s live production of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood. In case you didn’t see the clip already, we won’t give it away, which is also the reason the photo above doesn’t give anything away. But suffice it to say, SNL was not kind to its

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    Fred Armisen wants you to buy the new Queens of the Stone Age album (Video)

    Fred Armisen has officially exited Saturday Night Live and is now on to bigger things– sort of. In his latest business endeavor, Armisen, now with luscious locks, appears in an infomercial as Ricky Chism, to sell a flash drive that contains Queens of the Stone Age’s new album. Also, you can actually buy the flash drive for a mere $29.99. Check out the video below! Be sure to subscribe to

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    IFC renews Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s ‘Portlandia’ for two more seasons

    With his exit from Saturday Night Live last month, Fred Armisen has more time to tend to Portlandia, his stellar sketch show on IFC. And thankfully, he’s taking advantage of the situation. He and co-star Carrie Brownstein will be returning for its fifth and sixth seasons, the network announced today. Ten new episodes are scheduled to debut early next year and early in 2015, respectively. “Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local

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    SNL: Hader’s romantic farewell, Armisen’s musical goodbye and Sudeikis is gone (probably)

    On Saturday, we not only said goodbye to Saturday Night Live castmember Bill Hader, who, earlier last week announced his departure from the show, but we also bid adieu to Fred Armisen (who made his intentions clear during the show’s final bit) as well as Jason Sudeikis who, as of this writing, has made nothing official, despite fellow castmember Jay Pharoah tweeting this: “Hader, Armisen & Sudekis the talent of

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    Bill Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live

    After eight years and the creation of what seems like an endless list of characters Bill Hader will be leaving Saturday Night Live. This weekend’s season finale will be his last episode. “It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point. It got to a point where I said, ‘Maybe it’s just time to go,’” he told The New York Times. Hader’s departure comes one year

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    Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen deliver rollercoaster of emotions in SNL promo (Video)

    As if you don’t know this already, Kristen Wiig is returning to Saturday Night Live for the first time since her emotional farewell almost exactly one year ago. She’ll be hosting the show this weekend with musical guest Vampire Weekend. And so, here’s a series of promos, wherein we find Wiig and Fred Armisen taking us all on an emotional journey. Check it out. Be sure to subscribe to the

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