Amidst calls of ‘Put a bird on it!’, Fred Armisen gave the crowd at his NY Comedy Festival show exactly what they were hoping for: a sneak peek at ‘Portlandia’ season 7! It was a night of music, impressions and laughter for the Town Hall!
Fred Armisen‘s set at the New York Comedy Festival on November 4 wasn’t just stand up, but a combination of music, stories and bizarre videos — everything we’ve come to love from the comedian. Throughout his set at the legendary Town Hall, Fred treated the audience to special, never-before-seen clips from the upcoming season of Portlandia, and even for diehard fans, it was funnier than anyone could ever imagine.
The first clip was about two old dudes who were graced by the arrival of the ultimate box set: the B-52’s full discography. Sure, it seems like a full albums, but after hours upon hours, the guys are still pulling new stuff out of the bright yellow box. Fred’s character didn’t just get albums and cool b-sides. There’s costumes, glitter, stickers, and even a model of the actual Love Shack — with the actual B-52’s inside. When you own the complete B-52’s, you actually own them. Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, and Cindy Wilson star as their (tiny) selves, and gently remind Fred he has to feed them. Amazing!
The second clip is about a young couple making a big, life-changing decision that most people don’t do until after they’re married: buy a white rug. Carrie Brownstein and Fred star as a starry-eyed couple who really believe that they can be the responsible type of people to own a white rug, without it ever getting dirty. It’s the ultimate adult goal, but are they mature enough for the task?
But what about men? That’s actually the question being asked in another clip from season 7, in which two disgruntled white men are upset that there aren’t any movements they can join. They’re frustrated, and tired that attention isn’t on them all the time. Hard! At least their anger makes for a catchy music video!
Fred’s set was heartfelt and beautiful. Yes, it was hilarious. But he spliced the jokes with moments that truly meant something to him. Fred took to the stage at one point with a full band to do his hilarious Ian Rubbish character from SNL, and was joined onstage by two punk icons from his youth: Sylvain Sylvain and Davy Gunner. For a punk teen who grew up in New York, that moment was heaven for him. He ended the night with a thorough Q&A session, and thanked the audience for “letting me live out this dream.”
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