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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

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.