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ReCap: Kyle MacLachlan chats with “Portlandia” fans on IFC SYNC

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On “Portlandia,” Kyle MacLachlan plays the energetic and affable Mayor, who tasks Fred and Carrie with missions to better the community and sometimes takes off on his own creative endeavors. Above all, the Mayor is cool, hip and open with the public. Last Friday night, “Portlandia” fans got to find out that in the case of Kyle MacLachlan and his character, fantasy isn’t too far from reality.

Joining IFC’s weekly live chat during the premiere of the episode “No Olympics,” MacLachlan talked with fans about his passion for Portland, his experience working on the show, “Twin Peaks,” “Dune” and pretty much everything else the crowd asked him. For those who couldn’t participate, the questions the fans asked and Kyle’s replies are posted below. Be sure to catch the Season Two finale of “Portlandia” this Friday at 10/9c, when the Mayor embarks on his greatest adventure yet in “Brunch Village.”


As a native of Portland, I’m always curious to know what others think of my home town. Your thoughts?

Kyle MacLachlan: Love it! I’m from Yakima and my grandparents lived across the water in Vancouver. We visited a lot when we were kids. Loved the moss, didn’t really dig the paper mill.

Love you on the show. How did you come to be on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: The mad team of Fred, Carrie and Jon made me an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Are you as positive as your character in person?

Kyle MacLachlan: Pretty much.

Kyle, what’s your favorite kind of donut? Are you a cinnamon man?

Kyle MacLachlan: Always liked a maple bar.

Do you and David Lynch still talk?

Kyle MacLachlan: Frequently. And drink coffee.

You have a great singing voice, do you have any experience singing?

Kyle MacLachlan: You are too kind…I did study in college. As you could tell that was a looooooong time ago.

What characteristics do you and Mr. Mayor share?

Kyle MacLachlan: We’re both positive to the point of nausea 🙂

Kyle, what is it about the Pacific Northwest you find so inspiring?

Kyle MacLachlan: I love the friendly people.

When are we going to see some Mayor action figures with detachable Mayor-Capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m on it!

Mayor, may I put a bird on you?

Kyle MacLachlan: Already got one, thanks!

Have you started shooting your new movie with Drake Doremus yet? “Like Crazy” was great!

Kyle MacLachlan: I love Drake! I worked on it last year. He’s a really cool and talented guy.

What is your favorite section of Powell’s Books?

Kyle MacLachlan: The top.

If you ever became a pro wrestler, would Kyle “The Mayor” MacLachlan be your name?

Kyle MacLachlan: That would be awfully long…maybe MacAttack!

What’s your favorite Beatles album?

Kyle MacLachlan: White or Pepper.

Did Josie ever escape from the drawer knob?

Kyle MacLachlan: Gosh I hope so!

Carrie Brownstein or Carrie Bradshaw?

Kyle MacLachlan: How about just “Carrie” ?

Do you miss eating at Miners?

Kyle MacLachlan: I always stop by when I head down to Walla Walla…that’s a two hour meal!

Got any tips on how to strengthen my core?

Kyle MacLachlan: Eat more apples..?

Will we ever see you at the Twin Peaks Festival? Sheryl and Ray were there last year. It would cause many heart attacks.

It would be fun to come up. I’ll bring my paddles.

What do you do for exercise?

Kyle MacLachlan: Golf.

Mr. Mayor… Smiths fan?

Kyle MacLachlan: Meat is Murder.

Should they remake “Dune”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Who would play Sting’s part?!

I moved to the east coast and get my best friend to mail me Tillamook cheese…Do you love Tillamook cheese?

Kyle MacLachlan: My first ever visit to a cheese factory was in Tillamook Washington…yes, I am that nerdy.

I’m originally from Yakima as well 🙂 Do you still have family in the area?

Kyle MacLachlan: My Stepmom. I lost my Dad last May.

Let me guess, you own an iPhone.

Kyle MacLachlan: BB.

What inspired you to get into the wine business?

Kyle MacLachlan: Lots of falling down.

Paper or plastic?

Kyle MacLachlan: Naugahyde.

Did the real mayor of Portland give you any inside tips?

Kyle MacLachlan: Keep a red ball handy at all times.

Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow “Twin Peaks” natives?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not really, sadly. Just David Lynch.

Do you enjoy working with the real mayor of Portland? He seems to be having fun.

Kyle MacLachlan: Very much, and he’s a good sport.

As Mayor of Portland, did you know the ear from “Blue Velvet” is housed at Movie Madness on Belmont in SE?

Kyle MacLachlan: Of course! …..it is?

Who is your favorite sports team?

Kyle MacLachlan: Seahawks. I like football.

Do you now own a wardrobe of capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: In fact…no. But I did dress up as Dracula for Halloween when I was 8 or 9. Capes become very important for boys between 5 and 9.

What are your real feelings about the Olympics?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m an Olympic junkie! Love them!

What drew you to this show? You play the mayor so well!

Kyle MacLachlan: I was asked to join by Fred and Carrie. How could I say no with the chance to work with such talented people.

What kind of beer do you like?

Kyle MacLachlan: All kinds! I remember drinking Lucky Lager when I was in Yakima, and Rainier and Olympia. The Northwest has come a long way from those days! I did love the stubby bottle though…

What is the link between “Twin Peaks” and “Portlandia” (Seattle/Portland)? It’s ironic because Dale Cooper loved Seattle.

Kyle MacLachlan: The spice.

Would you ever consider being a mayor? If so, where and why?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not my ‘cup of joe’…so to speak.

Do you take your coffee black?

Kyle MacLachlan: As midnight on a moonless night? No…I fortify it 😉

What’s your favorite band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmmm. My first album was The Doobie Brothers…”Captain and Me.” You always remember your first!

Mayor, do you have a lava lamp? If so what color?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never had one. Might brighten up the office though. Good suggestion!

What is your favorite shooting location in Portland?

Kyle MacLachlan: City Hall is pretty cool. Love the building.

Will we ever see the Mayor in Women and Women First Bookstore?

Kyle MacLachlan: I hope so!

How many of your lines are improv?

Kyle MacLachlan: All of ’em!

What would be your first mayoral decree?

Kyle MacLachlan: Less rain.

Do you plan on doing anymore work with David Lynch in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Nothing planned at the moment. Now we just drink coffee.

Kyle, how soon before you have to solve a murder mystery on Portlandia? The world needs more Coop.

Kyle MacLachlan: I’ll check with the director, see if he has any ideas…something under a bridge maybe?

Mr Mayor, Is there a back up plan in the event the tattoo ink does indeed run dry?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not yet…let me get Sam on that straight away.

Which has been more fun, “Twin Peaks” or “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmm…good question. There was a mystery to Cooper that I really enjoyed along with his quirky enthusiasm(which the Mayor shares I think!). Maybe the Mayor is Cooper in disguise!

Were you ever offered a role on ‘The X-Files’?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never asked to be on the show. Loved it, though!

Any chance we’ll be seeing a Portland-themed reggae album from The Mayor in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Need to get into the studio with Fred!

Favorite Reggae band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Bob Marley & the Wailers.

What is the best part, as an actor, of working on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Six words…Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jon Krisel!

What questions do you have for the people behind “Portlandia”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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