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A Portlandia Q & A: You Asked, Fred Armisen Answered, Part 2

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Portlandia star, writer and co-creator Fred Armisen had so much fun answering your questions (read part one of our Q & A with him here) that he asked for more. So we went back to Facebook and Twitter and found more of your wild and wacky questions for the comic. We passed them along and he answered them on the plane as he headed out to the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.

1. What’s the most ridiculous thing that’s ever happened to you?

Coming back from Canada into the U.S. with my band in the mid-nineties. The border guy stopped us and went through our van. I mean, really went through everything. He found some t-shirts and records that we had brought over to sell in Canada. But he accused us of having them made in Canada so we could sell them here. I was like “we’re FROM here!” But he didn’t believe us about our stuff, and we had to pay taxes on it!!! I was so mad. We’re just a little band, and what was his logic? Why would we do that? I’m still mad at him.

2. Which cast members that you’ve worked with on SNL make you laugh the hardest

Different people for different reasons. Jason says the most insanely funny things, and very quickly. Like immediately. He’s so funny. Kenan says things that kill me. Bill makes me laugh in sketches and it’s very very hard not to laugh when I’m in something with him. I laugh a lot if I’m writing with Vanessa. Everybody, really. I’m not kidding. It’s the best part about working there.

3. What is your favorite character to be from the show?

The home recording studio guy.

4. What do you wanna be when you grow up?

David Bowie

5. Fred, do you know where my grey sweater is? Not the v-neck one, the one with the stripes. I can’t find it.

You threw it in the closet, but not on the floor. Up above everything.

6. What book is on your nightstand right now?

A Visit From The Goon Squad

7. Knowing your body is 72% water, you ever get scared to drink more since you’re just 28% away from becoming a snowman?

What’s wrong with being a snowman?

8. If Harry Potter is the greatest magician why doesnt he ever correct his damn vision?

You don’t get it. Wearing glasses is an attribute. A magical power.

9. What’s the best & worst thing about dressing up as a woman?

Best thing: wigs

Worst thing: shoes

10. Hey Fred, what are your views on spray tanning bald cats?

That has been well covered. I wrote a few pieces about it for the New York Times.

11. What’s your Dream Drum Kit Set Up?

Green sparkle kit. 20″ kick, 14″ snare, 16″ floor, but instead of rack toms, 2 LP timbales. Drum throne set up high. DW pedal and hardware.

12. How do we know it is really you answering the questions?

Here is my signature. (-~/ ^~~n

13. Which Portlandia character is most like your real self?

Brendan

14. Who’s your favorite muppet?

Animal

15. Did you shave your legs for SNL last Saturday?

I didn’t!

16. You can’t spell friend without fred n i. will you be my best friend?

Ye. (You can spell yes without an s)

17. What’s the most ridiculous question you’ve been asked?

These Trenchmouth t-shirts in your van. Where are they from?

18. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate

19. What are some of your favorite cities beside Portland?

NYC, Stockholm, London, Los Angeles.

20. What is your most favorite Hall & Oates song?

She’s Gone

21. Do you like hedgehogs?

Sure.

22. Do you like when it snows?

Yeah!

23. What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Eggs

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter@IFCportlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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