• 7 comedy concepts that died in 2018

    Comedy thrived in 2018. A seemingly endless number of stand-up specials came out from Kid Gorgeous to Nanette. New sitcoms like Barry and The Conners made us laugh and comedy films like Crazy Rich Asians and Sorry to Bother You brought diversity to the forefront. However, as the year closes, it is also important to look back on the things we lost in comedy this year—a memorium of sorts for

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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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    Orange is the New Black, Saturday Night Live, Modern Family lead Emmy nominations in comedy

    Netflix’s Orange is the New Black snagged 12 primetime Emmy comedy nominations this morning, beating out perennial Emmy favorites Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory in total nods. And yes, Orange is the New Black is a comedy— this year, anyway. Last year, Netflix submitted the ensemble prison series as a drama. But if you’ve watched both seasons, you’ll know it’s not like the show has gotten funnier. It’s

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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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    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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    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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    ‘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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    What have we learned recently from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening?

    Hey, remember last week when The Simpsons creator Matt Groening mentioned Portland in that cool Smithsonian magazine interview and everyone lost their minds, claiming that he revealed the true location of the show’s Springfield? Yeah, well gather your minds. That’s not really what he meant. But we did learn a lot of real things from that piece (which you should check out). Below, I’ve gathered a few of the juicer

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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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    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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