January 22, 2011 by USA Post 

Portlandia, Of all the current members of Saturday Night Live cast, Fred Armisen seems the least likely of a spin-off from his Studio 8H characters for the box office. Not necessarily because he has not had the opportunity – after disastrous Will Forte MacGruber well, who could blame the movie studios not to try? – But because Armisen, Lorne Michaels, who described it as “an artist, not a careerist,” seems really happy to be part of the cast of Saturday Night Live. So it’s a little surprising to see that after nine seasons with the show, the so-called “short-sighted” actor has gone ahead and created a new series of comedy sketches for IFC appelĂ©”Portlandia ‘ ”’, which co-stars Sleater-Kinney Carrie Brownstein founder.

The Long Island-raised actor Movieline telephoned to discuss participation in the new project, its long-term friendship with Brownstein and his fondest memory of the 90s. ””” Portlandia tonight first to 10:30 p.m. on IFC.

It is a little over a calendar thing. I always wanted to work on something. Saturday Night Live from September to May ””” Portlandia addressed during the summer and he was with a friend whom I had never worked professionally. And it was in a different city. Fortunately, he calculated that I could do in my spare time, but there was not something that was missing from Saturday Night Live I was trying to do. Many de”””Portlandia feels like the digital shorts that we do for SNL. The director is here – I say “here” because I’m sitting in the office Saturday Night Live. So it felt like an extension of Saturday Night Live, not an alternative.

I tend to think that there is sophistication to any Saturday Night Live, including sketches. I think the only difference is that there is an audience if you hear the crowd react. So”””Portlandia is different in that, but it is still just sketches of me in a wig to talk to someone. Then they leave through a different path, but continue from the same place.

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