Fred Armisen is a man of many faces. For 12 years on Saturday Night Live, he assumed the guise of everyone from Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden. And on his delightfully droll IFC series Portlandia, the 48-year-old incites belly laughs as a host of characters (along with partner in comedy Carrie Brownstein) ranging from the sullen feminist bookstore co-owner Candace to the charm onslaught that is Bryce “we can pickle that!” Shivers. The face he’s wearing today is a genial one. We’re huddled together at an intimate café in his Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea sipping colossal cups of coffee and picking at a bowl of fruit. Portlandia’s fifth season premieres January 8, and kicks off with a bang—a hilarious mini-movie chronicling the epic journey of Toni and Candace from the chauvinistic 1980s corporate world to their mutual dead-eyed stare behind the counter of Women and Women First. Yes, the Portland-skewering satire is by no means slowing down, and neither is the very busy Armisen—who spends half the year flying back and forth between the set of Portlandia and 30 Rock, where he serves as bandleader of The 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Over the course of… Read full this story
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