Fred Armisen Brings a Live Portlandia Viewing to the Observatory

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It's hard to name one other television show that has brilliantly crystallized the humor and absurdity of contemporary lifestyle trends than Portlandia. Created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein--veteran musicians and close friends--the two pooled together their collective experiences of Portland and have generated a successful format for satirizing some of the most innocuous quirks about the city and the millenial generation as a whole.

Four seasons since their debut in 2011, Portlandia has become a cult hit with its iconic one-liners ("Put a bird on it!"), awesome guest stars, and various recurring characters played by Armisen and Brownstein, like the gender-swapping roles Lance and Nina, aging punks Spike and Iris, and of course, feminist bookstore Women & Women First owners Toni and Candace.Last Saturday night, Armisen came down to the Observatory in Santa Ana to extend to fans an exclusive first look of this season's upcoming episode 8, and engaged audiences in a hilarious Q&A session full of memorable moments and insightful answers.

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Steve Martin's Wild and Crazy Career Ride from Orange County to Stardom is PBS Show's Focus

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Steve Martin's Orange County roots run deep. He was a cheerleader at Garden Grove High School, attended Santa Ana College and Cal State Long Beach, got one of his first jobs at Disneyland, developed a magic act in the park's Magic Shop and went on to join a Knott's Berry Farm comedy troupe. I don't recall ever hearing the 68-year-old talk in depth about his early days here so perhaps Paula Zahn pulls that out of the actor/comic/author/musician/screenwriter in a PBS interview airing Friday night.

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The Answer to the Comedic Equation is Patton Oswalt

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Johnathan Leibson
Someone should look that up because I don't know if I invented it.
If you don't know who Patton Oswalt is by now, sorry, you must be living a life of boredom. Lately, the multifaceted comedian has been everywhere doing everything from writing to voiceovers but at the end of the day, he's just a humbly gifted man that's super talent has made him into a household name. Without going on and on (and on and on), the bottom line here is that Oswalt fucking rules no matter what venture he is dipping his toes into. With a new special "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time" airing on EPIX January 17th, we took the opportunity to toot his horn on his fantastic Twitter skills and to pretty much gush about how fan-boy we are about everything he does. Sorry (not sorry) folks, we sincerely love Oswalt. There, we said it.


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Arrested Development Album Release Has Bluth Fans and Mitch Hurwitz Chicken Dancing

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The Record Parlour is normally the home to 15,000 vinyl discs, but Tuesday night the Hollywood shop was taken over by just one, which isn't really a vinyl disc but a digital download: At Long Last ... Music and Songs From Arrested Development.

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Pete Holmes: The New Late Night Kid!

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

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I'd love to get Christian Bale on to see what he thinks about my Batman videos.
Comedian Pete Holmes juggles a lot already including a successful stand-up career, hosting a hilarious podcast called, "You Made it Weird," making incredibly funny shorts complete with goofy impressions, and being a witty and talented writer. He's even the voice of that "E-Trade Baby." And just when you thought he couldn't add any more to his plate, Holmes has been tapped to host his very own late night talk show and we personally can't wait. With The Pete Holmes Show premiering October 28th on TBS right after Conan, we talked to Pete about what kind of hilarity is in store for us when he hits the TV screen every Monday through Thursday.

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Breaking Bad's Best Musical Moments

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By: Dave Geeting
Breaking Bad is easily the best television show currently running, and only The Wire can challenge its all-time supremacy. The riveting saga of what happens when a mild-mannered science teacher dying from cancer makes a fatally bad decision to cook methamphetamine has more twists and turns than the wildest ride at Six Flags. Creator Vince Gilligan focuses heavily on visual art, such as clever point-of-view cameras and breathtaking shots of the New Mexico landscape more often than he does music, which most often used as ambient background sound. The show's judicious use of music makes the occasions when it does that much more poignant. I suppose at this point, I am obligated to issue the clichéd "spoiler alert", as this column contains myriad key plot points over the show's first four and a half seasons. I will not do that, however, for if you are not watching this brilliant show, you should not be allowed to own a television.

In preparation for the continuation of the final season this Sunday, we recall some of the best musical moments in the show's incredible history.



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The Five Best Songs from "Mystery Science Theater 3000"

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The Cast of "MST3K"
Just when you thought it was safe to screen your terrible movie, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are returning to theaters tonight for a national live riffing of the '90s cult classic Starship Troopers. Yes, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are bringing their special brand of silver screen skewering, which they've dubbed Rifftrax Live, coast-to-coast thanks to Fathom Events, so fans can once again enjoy the loud voices chastising the screen at their local cineplex being actually funny! Being many of us as the Weekly are lifelong fans of the guys, we're marking this special occasion by counting down our five favorite songs from their run on MST3K. So pick a seat near the front because we've got movie sign!

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"Hit the Floor's" Jonathan McDaniel Takes Aim at More Than Just Acting

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I just wanted people to know that I'm still doing music and it's still a passion of mine.
You might recognize Long Beach native Jonathan McDaniel from his role back in the day on Disney Channel's That's So Raven (It's OK to admit that you watched it) or from one of his songs as recording artist "Lil' J" but these days, you're about to know him for something different all together. McDaniel has a starring role playing "German Vega" on VH-1's smash show Hit the Floor and a new EP called A Geniuschild Unknown that was released from his independent production company "Geniuschild." So basically, pay attention because Jonathan McDaniel is straight up hotter then ever in more ways than one.

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Your Shark Week Playlist

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LL Cool J, whose hat is comparable to a shark's fin.
Have you been feeling the excitement that makes someone want to do everything but get in the water? That's right chums, it's the most wonderful time of the year as Shark Week is upon us! For seven days, the fins fly high and the teeth regenerate as the Discovery Channel brings us the finest in shark-related programming. We at the Weekly are joining in the cartilage-breaking fun by bringing you this collection of Shark Jamz to enjoy through all seven nights of exciting biting action! Here is our official Shark Week playlist!

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Tom Papa Really Knows How to Freak You Out

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Come to Papa!

Comedian Tom Papa has spent a long time in the business of laughs, but his talent doesn't start and end on the stand-up stage. Not by a mile. A well rounded TV and film guy, he's made waves as host of "The Marriage Ref," brought El Superbeasto to life in the animated feature The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, was tapped to play Ray Arnett in the HBO hit Behind the Candelabra, and he pulls some of the biggest names to chat it up with him on his SiriusXM show "Come to Papa." Of course he has several successful stand-up specials under his belt and if you haven't had the chance to see one the funniest comics around in an hour long format, on July 26th the game is about to change for you when Tom's special "Freaked Out" premieres on EPIX. With a somewhat crass (yet somehow clean) observational style, you are about to see why everyone loves them some Papa.

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