Fred Armisen Asks, ‘Can You Be Serious for 30 Seconds?’
Fred Armisen is no stranger to online video. The Saturday Night Live cast member noted for being the best Saturday Night Live cast member of this current crop of Saturday Night Live cast members (especially if these guys actually leave the show) made his first foray into the web series world at a time when many Hollywood notables were making their first forays into the web series world.
Armisen and former Sleater-Kinney power-chorder and current Wild Flag-frontowmen Carrie Brownstein debuted their more “kind-of comedy than actual comedy” sketches under the banner of Thunderant during the Writers Guild Strike of 2007 and 2008. The dozens of videos mostly comprised of deadpan humor that pokes fun at leftish-leaning subcultures particularly prominent in America’s Pacific Northwest are funny in both ha ha and Lol kinda ways, as well as super successful. The vids served as more or less of a prequel and/or pilot for Portlandia,
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