EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 'President Barack Obama'

armisenobama matthew korfhage

Last night, in advance of his brief stopover in Portland for a fundraising event at the Oregon Convention Center at noon today, President Barack Obama did not get on the phone with Willamette Week.Instead, Portlandia star and SNL's resident Obama impersonator Fred Armisen granted WW a brief but wide-ranging interview on the President's behalf. The interview touches on lonely Republicans, the case against ...   More
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Put a Statuette On It (sigh): Portlandia Earns Two Emmy Nominations

And hey, Grimm got one, too!


Movies & Television
Who cares about the Emmys? Am I right, Portland? We don't even own televisions here! We're all much too busy with intellectual pursuits like reading our neighbor's unpublished autobiographical graphic novel and participating in physical activities such as unicycle jousting to devote time to things as frivolous as sitcoms, serial dramas, reality programs and whatever the hell Hemingway and Gellhorn ...   More
Thursday, July 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia Live Reviewed

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein take the stage as Portland's ambassadors to itself


Arts & Books
Image courtesy of IFC's Portlandia BlogThe premise is, I suppose, simple: Take Portland on a tour, not merely in the pages of magazines and dailies, but actually as a place. Who says one city can’t visit another? But then of course, it is not so much Portland that is touring in live form to Seattle and New York and Boston (and also at the tour’s kickoff at the Hollywood Theater this past Tuesday, ...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mock Star

Carrie Brownstein is making fun of you.

Cover Story
In her 10 years as a Portlander, Carrie Brownstein has been many things: a guitarist, an actress, a blogger, an advertising writer, a dog trainer and, most recently, the creator of a TV series...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 AARON MESH

Scoop: Armisen Sightings and Return of the Kimchee

Gossip that looked good on the dance floor.

ARMISEN WATCH CONTINUES: We weren’t actually going to mention that Portlandia’s Fred Armisen...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Portlandia's Armisen to Give Oregon Episcopal School Commencement Address


Movies & Television
Celebrity commencement speakers are a mainstay at college graduations, but not something you expect to get in high school—unless you go to Oregon Episcopal School. This year the seniors get to have comedian Fred Armisen bid them adieu. (For all you television-ignorers, Armisen is the co-star of IFC’s Stumptown satire, Portlandia, and is a Saturday Night Live regular, often impersonating President ...   More
Thursday, May 26, 2011 ASHLEY COLLMAN

IFC Renews Portlandia for 10 More Episodes

Portlandia deathbed

Movies & Television
Good people who put birds on things, rejoice. As reported by pretty much everybody while I was in a PIFF screening, cable's Independent Film Channel has renewed Carrie Brownstein's contract to dumpster-dive into Portland absurdities, renewing the sketch-comedy series Portlandia for a 10-episode second season. But you'll have to wait a while to continue your dream of the '90s: The second season won't ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 AARON MESH

Portlandia Premiere Sells Out

Movies & Television
Looks like people really want to see this Portlandia thing. Just hours after WW reported yesterday that the Hollywood Theatre and Beer and Movie were presenting a preview screening of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's comedy-on-fixies IFC series, the 350 tickets for the Jan. 14 show sold out. (UPDATE, 4:43 pm: Folks at the Hollywood Theatre box office tell me that while screening tickets are ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 AARON MESH

Portlandia Debuts on Hulu; Decide for Yourself if It's Funny

Movies & Television
Didn't get a ticket to tonight's Portlandia preview at the Hollywood Theatre? Don't want to wait until next week's premiere on the Independent Film Channel and the Mission Theater? Why not just watch it now, at your desk? IFC, perhaps realizing that not very many people actually have IFC, has released the first episode of the much-buzzed Carrie Brownstein TV show on Hulu. Finally, you can stop ...   More
Friday, January 14, 2011 AARON MESH


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