Everyone’s favorite artisanal-chicken-eating, Stumptown-spoofing pair takes a cross-country jaunt to 92Y.
He’s the "Saturday Night Live" veteran who played everyone from President Obama to Prince to British Punk rocker Ian Rubbish. She’s the Sleater-Kinney co-founder hailed as one of rock’s top guitarists. Together, their satirical observations about Portland, OR have turned into a laugh-out-loud hit for IFC. "Portlandia"’s co-creator-writer-stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein join us for a conversation about their creative process and the unique careers that brought them together on this hilarious and award-winning show. Put a bird on it and join us!
"Portlandia" returns to IFC on Thu, Feb 27 for a fourth season.
Their new book – The Portlandia Activity Book – will also be on sale at the event, with a book signing to follow.
Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.
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Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing and writing in both comedy and music.
He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s "Portlandia" alongside Carrie Brownstein. The critically acclaimed show enters its fourth season in 2014. He received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” in 2012 and 2013 category for his work on the series. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011.
An eleven season veteran of "Saturday Night Live," he has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters including world leaders like President Barack Obama or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the popular digital short “Iran So Far Away” to “Weekend Update” fixtures like political comedian Nicholas Fehn or half of the songwriting team of Garth and Kat (with Kristen Wiig) to name a few. He closed out his last season in the guise of British punk rocker Ian Rubbish with a star-studded performance of the original song “It’s a Lovely Day.”
Armisen has landed on Rolling Stone's "Hot List" and has several times on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List.” He has appeared in countless feature films including Easy A, The Rocker, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Eurotrip and The Promotion as well as lending his voice to the feature The Smurfs. He has also appeared in the films Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black, Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, The Ex with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman, and in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
He has made guest appearances on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation," and the cable comedy shows "The Sarah Silverman Show," "Human Giant" and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" He was also seen in the smash kids show "Yo Gabba Gabba" on Nickelodeon.
His career began as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with the Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came with the 1998 underground short film Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and SXSW which followed him through the Austin, Texas "South By Southwest Music Festival" posing as a music journalist. In 2006, he interviewed Cat Power for the influential music website Pitchfork.com and later combined his love for music and comedy by creating the role of drummer Jens Hannemann and releasing an instructional DVD, Complicated Drumming Technique, in 2007.
Carrie Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of "Portlandia" as well as an author and musician. She made her television career debut in 2011 with "Portlandia," and in 2012 and 2013 received an Emmy® nomination in the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” category for her work on the series. The show also received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. The critically acclaimed show enters its fourth season on IFC in 2014.
She first rose to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein was named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine lists Sleater-Kinney’s song "Dig Me Out" as “One of the 50 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”
Brownstein's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate and numerous anthologies on music and culture. She is currently working on a memoir for Riverhead Books.
Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer and host of NPR’s weekly trivia comedy show, "Ask Me Another." She has appeared on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Gotham Live," "The Today Show," Comedy Central and VH-1. Ophira's debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was recently optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film. She is also a regular host and teller with "The Moth."