• 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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    SXSW Comedy, day 4: Marc Maron, Fred Armisen, Nasty Show and more!

    AUSTIN — Sweet fancy Moses, we’re halfway into SXSW! This whole week is a marathon of networking, alcohol and hearing the words “innovation” and “creative flow” so many times you’ll probably have an aneurysm, so think happy thoughts for those of us who continue powering through the madness. The fourth day began with a comedy nerd’s dream panel discussion at the Austin Convention Center: Chris Gethard, Scott Aukerman, Marc Maron

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    Fred Armisen, Megan Mullally, Kate Micucci join cast for IFC’s animated series ‘Out There’

    As if he wasn’t busy enough with the current season of Saturday Night Live and the third season of Portlandia (premiering tomorrow!), Fred Armisen has added another project to his schedule– the animated IFC series Out There. Megan Mullally, John DiMaggio (Futurama), Kate Micucci (of musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates), Pamela Adlon (who played Louis C.K.’s wife on Lucky Louie and has appeared on Louie), Linda Cardellini (ER, Scooby-Doo)

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    First trailer for Smurfs 2 with Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria is here (Video)

    You wouldn’t guess it from watching the mostly shlocky trailer below, but Smurfs 2 — in theaters July 31, 2013 — is cast full of well-respected comedy types: Fred Armisen is the voice of Brainy, Jonathan Winters voices Papa Smurf and George Lopez plays Grouchy. As for the live action players: Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, Christina Ricci and Hank Azaria (as Gargamel) round out the cast. Oh, and Katy

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    ‘Winter in Portlandia’ will feature Jim Gaffigan, Bobby Moynihan and more! (Video preview)

    Before the proper third season of Portlandia premieres Jan. 4 at 10 pm on IFC with two back-to-back episodes, we’ll be treated to a special, never-before-seen episode called “Winter in Portlandia!” It goes down this Friday at 10:30 pm ET and will feature guest stars Jim Gaffigan and Matt Lucas who play a gay couple trying to keep their food cart Stu’s Stews in business as well as artisan curators

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    Portlandia guest stars will include Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Roseanne and many more!

    As I said on the latest episode of the Laughspin Podcast, writers, producers and directors are, more and more, utilizing the it-takes-a-village approach to creating quality comedy television. In other words, there’s seems to be an increasingly inflated number of guest stars, cameos and story arc players embedded within many of our favorite full-time cast members on our favorite shows. Allow us to submit Portlandia’s updated list of guest stars

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    Watch Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in a first look at season three of Portlandia (Video)

    We’ll have to wait until Jan. 4 to bask in the glory of Portlandia’s absurd sketch comedy, but today we get our first look at season three! In the clip below, we find our heroes Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein playing yoga devotees enjoying a peaceful session, wherein they’re instructed to go deep inside their minds. Both Yogis succeed, albeit, in much different ways. Check it out. Just be sure

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    Portlandia sets a date for ‘The Brunch Special’

    We’ve got a long wait until Portlandia returns for season three in January, but in the meantime we can look forward to the hour-long Brunch Special, airing Friday, July 20 at 11 pm ET. The special consists of a director’s cut of “Brunch Village,” the season two finale, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the episode. Also, IFC asks that fans vote for their favorite episodes of

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    What’s Fred Armisen doing with the very serious videos you’re sending him?

    Portlandia and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen needs your help with a project. First thing you’re going to need to do is wipe the smile off of your face and be serious for 30 seconds. Fred calls for user-submitted videos for his Be Serious For 30 Seconds project, and lays out some ground rules. Just make a video of yourself or one other person (no more) being serious for 30

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    Will Ferrell makes a memorable, triumphant return to Saturday Night Live (13 videos)

    The highly-anticipated return of Will Ferrell to Saturday Night Live went down this past weekend, and it didn’t disappoint. From delivering the world’s most awkward Mother’s Day speech to running for the mayor of Funkytown to playing a husband with the world’s most obnoxious cough, Ferrell gave us giggles that rarely let up during the course of the episode. So, instead of picking and choosing our favorites, here’s 13 videos

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    Read the scrapped Barack Obama sketch from SNL about Osama bin Laden

    Saturday Night Live had a great showing this past weekend. As it turns out, though, one sketch that was planned to run got scrapped. In the sketch, President Obama, portrayed as per usual by Fred Armisen, addresses the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, and reminds America that it was all his idea. Obama dubs the holiday “Killing Osama bin Laden Day” — pretty straightforward. He wishes his fellow Americans,

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    Laughspin’s 12 favorite comedian graduation speeches, featuring Colbert, Fey, Poehler and more!

    It’s graduation season and you know what that means! Someone somewhere is sitting through a three hour procession of watching 200 people wearing oversized gowns stand in line to shake somebody’s hand. Hooray! But seriously, congratulations to all you recent grads. You make us proud! In honor of this joyous time of year, Laughspin has rounded up our favorite commencement speeches given by comedians. Folks like Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey,

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    IFC confirms Portlandia’s third season and promises two specials

    We kind of already knew Portlandia was coming back to IFC for a third season, since Carrie Brownstein let it slip during an interview on an Australian radio station last week. But tonight, it became official in New York, as the network confirmed the news at their upfront presentations, which is where network’s formally announce their plans for the coming year. The network also promised that it will air a

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    Real life couple Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde join Fred Armisen in comedy flick

    Real life couple Olivia Wilde and Saturday Night Live funny man Jason Sudeikis have signed on to costar in a new relationship comedy entitled Relanxious, directed by writer Christopher Storer. Joined by Brie Larson and fellow SNL cast member and co-star of Portlandia Fred Armisen. The film will begin filming this summer in Chicago, reports Deadline. The movie is centered around two people who, despite some unusual fears and issues,

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    Carrie Brownstein confirms Portlandia will be back for season 3

    In an interview today with Australian radio show The Doctor hosted by Lindsay McDougall on the Triple J radio station, Carrie Brownstein confirmed that IFC has picked up Portlandia for a third season. As she’s currently on tour with her band Wild Flag, filming has not yet begun, but will commence once she returns and rejoins with co-star Fred Armisen. More info on this to come. For now, how excited

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