Day: August 6, 2010

Fred Armisen to spend his summer hiatus from SNL in “Portlandia,” a new IFC digital comedy series

IFC has ordered a six-episode debut of a comedy series called Portlandia, starring SNL's Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein. Production begins this month in Portland, Ore., with Lorne Michaels executive producing. It's expected to wrap in mid-September, just in time for Armisen to return to work on SNL before its season debut Sept. 25. Armisen and Brownstein have been making comedy together for a few years as Thunderant. Here's one of their shorts as feminist bookstore owners with special guest St. Vincent: The first episode also features the mayor of Portland (played by Kyle MacLachlan), as well as the real Mayor Sam Adams playing his assistant. Aubrey Plaza also is among the guest stars. Armisen and Brownstein will write music and dialogue for the series, along with Allison Silverman and Jonathan Krisel. Krisel, who has directed Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as well as the past season's digital shorts on SNL, will also direct Portlandia. All of which is to say, expect a distinctly weird aesthetic to the whole project, which will showcase Armisen, Brownstein and friends as various oddball characters in Portland. Think more digital shorts than sketches. The show will air in 2011. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm so excited about working on this,‚Äù Armisen said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a passion project I have been working on with Carrie Brownstein for a while, and I can‚Äôt think of a better way...

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Patrick Borelli’s one-man show on book covers gets the Jimmy Fallon treatment

I hope Jimmy Fallon paid comedian Patrick Borelli to do part of Borelli’s one-man show about book covers. Oh, wait. He has paid Borelli? Borelli is on staff with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon now! Great news, then! Hooray for Patrick! Score! It’s still kind of weird, though, to see Fallon read and talk about some of these books just because I’ve already seen and heard Borelli talked about them in his show, “You Should Judge a Book By Its Cover.”  I emailed Borelli overnight while the show was on, but since he has a day job writing for the show, he probably sleeps like a normal person now, and he got back to me today. He said he retired his bit and repackaged it for Fallon. He also told me: “I’ve always been very fascinated with book covers. The covers I gravitate to are the ones at the opposite ends of the spectrum. I love the razor sharp, perfectly-realized, gorgeous covers from designers like Rodrigo Corral or John Gall. And swinging in the other direction, I love the perfectly awful cover that is not only poorly designed but is also, in general, conceptually flawed. The best bad book covers have multiple things going wrong, like an awkward title, a strange font, poor composition, bad color choice, terrible artwork‚Äîall the elements are off and they congeal in such a beautifully...

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For ladies with needs, perhaps The Claspell Flour Cat Baby is just what you need

I don't know who in their right mind would want a bag of flour dressed up like a cat dressed up like a baby, but then again, I'm not a lady. Several more steps in the operational process to go. Wish me luck! In the meantime, I'll let these lovely ladies sell you on The Claspell Flour Cat Baby, starring Sarah Claspell as "Sarah Claspell," as well as Kate McKinnon, Lucia Aniello, Lydia Hensler, Ari Scott and Catie Lazarus. Written by Lee Rubenstein (who has boy parts), who along with Claspell and McKinnon are part of one of my favorite local sketch groups, High Treason. Roll the...

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