We wish the timing were a little better, so we could visit Fred Armisen in Portland, Ore., like this guy did, waiting way too long for a hipster to make our coffee and grilled cheese sandwich and driving around in a vintage Saab.
But, for the time being, Armisen is here in L.A., and so we'll just have to make due with the Los Angeles Times' office (our specialty: bread and water) where the "Portlandia" star will visit for a live video chat on Wednesday at 2 p.m. PDT.
We'll be talking all things "Portlandia," of course, which wrapped its fifth season earlier this year, still delivering consistently funny, weird and wonderful observations about the artisanally minded denizens of the PDX. The IFC series won six Emmy nominations last year, including nods for Armisen as an actor and, with the show's staff (including costar Carrie Brownstein), writer.
Armisen joined us last year, when the Silver Lake resident shared the grueling memory of going to a "Portlandia" promotional event in Runyon Canyon.
As Jonah or Jonad or the guy people don't have the time to ignore or the man with the police sketch face of a rapist, Timothy Simons must endure all manner of devastating insults and putdowns on "Veep." And yet, our favorite man on Capitol Hill just keeps picking himself up off the mat and coming back for more. And that's why we love him. Or loathe him. It kind of depends on the moment.
Simons will be stopping by The Times on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PDT to talk about his work on "Veep" and why viewers connect so strongly with Jonah. There's also the matter of Patton Oswalt as the vice president’s chief of staff and the rather hands-on approach he took toward Jonah this season. Usually, seeing Oswalt in any form (movies, TV, stand-up) is a good thing. But after these intimate moments together, we're wondering if Simons would still agree.
So join us Wednesday. And if you have any questions you'd like to send Simons' way, tweet it to us using the hashtag #askLATimes.
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The art of comic timing? Constance Wu can deliver a master class. Thoughts on how to best serve the Asian American community? She's got you. The proper care and feeding of bunny rabbits? Wu could (and should) write a book.
The 33-year-old actress, who plays the zealous mom in the ABC comedy "Fresh Off the Boat," stopped by The Times recently to talk about all of the above and, of course, her work on the first-year show.
"She wants to fit in, but in her own way, just like her son wants to fit in," Wu says of her character. "And that's what I think is cool. It explores the different ways we all sort of are trying to find our tribe. That's a very specifically Asian American thing, but it's also a very human thing."
Wu offered thoughts about the scrutiny "Fresh Off the Boat" has received, as well as what she learned from spending time with the real-life woman on whom her character is based. And, yes, we learned a lot about rabbits.
"Some people have asked me if you weren't an actor, what would...Read more
If you're not looking at a glass (or, if you're like us, a bottle) of Pinot Noir a bit differently these days, you somehow missed Tituss Burgess' viral video sensation from the Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a giddy minute that found more ways to rhyme with the word "noir" than we thought possible. And we're old enough to remember this guy.
Burgess stopped by The Times recently to talk about his breakout role on the show and the differences between "Kimmy Schmidt's" Titus (one S) and the actor himself (named after the apostle Paul's protege, with a bonus S), many of which can be gleaned simply by the absence of glitter anywhere on the outfit Burgess wore to the building.
We discussed how Burgess related to the career strivings of "Kimmy's" Titus and how auditioning for the part gave him some insight into what made the character tick. The "Peeno Noir" song was, of course, dissected, with Burgess admitting he initially thought it was a bad idea and how, in its aftermath, people...Read more
Constance Wu, "Fresh Off the Boat" star and (according to her Twitter page) proud Silver Lake resident, will be dropping by The Times on Tuesday at 11 a.m. PDT to talk about the breakout ABC comedy.
Wu plays Jessica, the show's assertive wife and mother who's trying to adapt to the family's move from Washington, D.C., to the muggy suburbs of Orlando, Fla. Yes, she's a little paranoid (Jessica needs to dial back on the nightly news) and over-protective, but she means well. And who knows? Maybe pork-bone stew would be a great meal to feed your pre-adolescent son when he brings friends over. Beats takeout pizza, right?
"Fresh Off the Boat" does what few television shows do now, which is to make race not beside the point," wrote Times television critic Robert Lloyd in his review of the series. "It sits inside a minority culture and looks with bewilderment and bemusement at the dominant one."
We'll talk to Wu about all that bewilderment and bemusement and where "Boat" might be headed for its...Read more
If you're not looking at a glass (or, if you're like us, a bottle) of Pinot noir a bit differently these days, you somehow missed Tituss Burgess' viral video sensation from the Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a giddy minute that found more ways to rhyme with the word "noir" than we thought possible. And we're old enough to remember this guy.
Burgess will be stopping by The Times on Monday at 2 p.m. PDT to talk about his breakthrough role on "Kimmy," a part that the show creators ("30 Rock" vets Tina Fey and Robert Carlock) wrote specifically for him -- without his knowledge. Talk about a happy surprise. That didn't mean Burgess didn't have to audition even though the character was named after him and inspired by him and specifically tailored to his talents. But that's show business. Burgess crushed it and won the part.
In addition to all of that, we'll try to pin him down on the number of times he actually auditioned for "The Lion King" on Broadway, how he's negotiating his...Read more