Portlandia Comes to Providence

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Fred Armisen of SNL and Portlandia fame.  Being a huge fan of his comedy, I was super nervous heading into the interview.  “What do you say to someone you respect that much?” “Should I say I’m a fan?”  These were things I was thinking leading up to the interview, but immediately I was disarmed by how quiet, thoughtful and just normal Fred was when I met him.  The interview lasted maybe fifteen minutes and it was a fun and engaging conversation about the show and elements of working for a cable network and making things that you like.  If you listen closely, you can hear me suppressing laughs during the art about Steve Buscemi talking about celery with his wife.  Now all I can think of is Steve Buscemi chopping celery at home and saying things like “You know?  Celery gets a BUM RAP” before chopping again.  And his wife looks at him and nods and they share that moment.  That’s Steve Buscemi to me now.  Not the guy holding a napkin to his bleeding face in Fargo.

Anyway, here’s the interview.  I edited the thing too.  I hope you like it.  Whoever you are.