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ARIYNBF 109 with Fred Armisen

On this episode of Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, SNL and Portlandia’s Fred Armisen stops by to talk about the car that he’s leasing for Portland, his spooky home decor, the transition from being a drummer to being a comedian, relationships (kinda), TV and an array of other stuff including who would play him in a movie and whether or not he reads negative comments. Also we took your calls and played “Just Me Or Everyone?” with your tweets. Make sure to listen all the way through (or pay a friend to do it for you) as there’s a special bit of hilarity tucked at the end.

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  • Heapoftears

    Love the show Alison!
    Keep up the excellent work =-)

  • Hopefully one of your apologies will be for not cutting Matt from Portland off sooner. That was brutal.

  • Heapoftears

    Love the show Alison!
    Keep up the excellent work =-)

  • drpeppermd

    Hopefully one of your apologies will be for not cutting Matt from Portland off sooner. That was brutal.

  • Whitney Turner

    Matt is actually pretty funny in real life…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    Here is a sample of his stand up routine.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Matt Peters from Portland

    Trust me, had I known they were going to Mom and Dad me I wouldn't have called. The only reason I asked a bunch of questions is because I didn't receive any answers, lol. There was nothing to share, should have just said “Just go for it” and hang up right there. It doesn't matter, I'll take it as fuel. Couldn't drop the name of a place or anything correlated to comedy? You could have been the town abortionist out of Gebraltar for all anyone knew. Here's a tip, don't call a radio show. Nobody gives a fuck and are quick to ridicule you. They were being nice but the calm down x10 starts to have an opposite effect.
     
    Here, DrPepperMD. Instead of just saying SMD — hopefully you find a few laughs in this video. I'll probably do a follow up to ARIYNBF too.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Betsy

    That show was hilarious.  It sort of had the awkwardness of a first date.  Totally made me laugh!  Alison is fantastic and Fred is a stud!  Hoping for a second date!! 🙂

  • Whitney Turner
  • Matt Peters from Portland

    Trust me, had I known they were going to Mom and Dad me I wouldn’t have called. The only reason I asked a bunch of questions is because I didn’t receive any answers, lol. There was nothing to share, should have just said “Just go for it” and hang up right there. It doesn’t matter, I’ll take it as fuel. Couldn’t drop the name of a place or anything correlated to comedy? You could have been the town abortionist out of Gebraltar for all anyone knew. Here’s a tip, don’t call a radio show. Nobody gives a fuck and are quick to ridicule you. They were being nice but the calm down x10 starts to have an opposite effect.
     
    Here, DrPepperMD. Instead of just saying SMD — hopefully you find a few laughs in this video. I’ll probably do a follow up to ARIYNBF too.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihkn5p02aM4&context=C4224670ADvjVQa1PpcFPOPOJ53HpG2TAHmYTuaI-uxWfJW-069d8=

  • Betsy

    That show was hilarious.  It sort of had the awkwardness of a first date.  Totally made me laugh!  Alison is fantastic and Fred is a stud!  Hoping for a second date!! 🙂

  • Bi-weekly

    You didn't THINK you got any answers because you kept interrupting them. I think you interrupted all of their replies with another rambling question. I honestly thought you were pranking Alison by going on and on. They were being overly polite.

    The rest of the show wasn't the best, there just didn't seem to be great chemistry between Fred and Alison conversationally (or not as good as it's been with some previous guests) for whatever reason. I really like the show (bring back “things you never hear!”) and hope you can make it more often than once weekly.

  • Alison Fan

    Love your show more and more with each new episode. Hate to say it, but I think it must be said, in the past few pictures Alison is looking all kinds of all right.

  • Bi-weekly

    You didn’t THINK you got any answers because you kept interrupting them. I think you interrupted all of their replies with another rambling question. I honestly thought you were pranking Alison by going on and on. They were being overly polite.

    The rest of the show wasn’t the best, there just didn’t seem to be great chemistry between Fred and Alison conversationally (or not as good as it’s been with some previous guests) for whatever reason. I really like the show (bring back “things you never hear!”) and hope you can make it more often than once weekly.

  • Alison Fan

    Love your show more and more with each new episode. Hate to say it, but I think it must be said, in the past few pictures Alison is looking all kinds of all right.

  • Sunamisurfer2001

    I don't know man, I think he kept asking questions because Fred's saying “nobody knows anything” is a flippant, directionless response. I feel like Fred was reading his responses out of a generic cliche phrase pamphlet, he's a vague and empty vacuum of a human being. With that said, loved the show as always!!!

  • Sunamisurfer2001

    I don’t know man, I think he kept asking questions because Fred’s saying “nobody knows anything” is a flippant, directionless response. I feel like Fred was reading his responses out of a generic cliche phrase pamphlet, he’s a vague and empty vacuum of a human being. With that said, loved the show as always!!!

  • Dan

    what did you expect from Fred Matt? he's not a standup comedian he's an actor… if you want to be an actor go to Hollywood, otherwise try to actually be funny instead of just angy and stupid.

    fantastic job alison.

  • Dan

    what did you expect from Fred Matt? he’s not a standup comedian he’s an actor… if you want to be an actor go to Hollywood, otherwise try to actually be funny instead of just angy and stupid.

    fantastic job alison.

  • Matt, my friend, I listened to your foray into the world of standup.   The crickets and I want our seven minutes back.   Throughout that whole call, it was clear enough that you were searching for your own private pep talk.   A Tony Robbins-ish confirmation.   Something like, “Just follow your dreams,” or “You need to hit the clubs, be confident in your material and not be afraid to fail.”  Truth be told, you should absolutely be afraid to fail, and you should embrace the simple fact that “follow your dreams” might just be the worst career advice in the world.  Unless you start dreaming about being a bank teller.   Let me know and I'll gladly pep talk you through that one.

  • Matt, my friend, I listened to your foray into the world of standup.   The crickets and I want our seven minutes back.   Throughout that whole call, it was clear enough that you were searching for your own private pep talk.   A Tony Robbins-ish confirmation.   Something like, “Just follow your dreams,” or “You need to hit the clubs, be confident in your material and not be afraid to fail.”  Truth be told, you should absolutely be afraid to fail, and you should embrace the simple fact that “follow your dreams” might just be the worst career advice in the world.  Unless you start dreaming about being a bank teller.   Let me know and I’ll gladly pep talk you through that one.

  • STOP! Alison, stop reading these comments! STOP! Good or bad, who cares, just do what you do Babydoll! Dont even read this one. Just know that you need to close these comments now. Have a nice day!

  • I thought it was right on the money. I've never been a performer, most certainly never will. But everyone I've heard talk about it has said that you have to be doing it because you love it. Every stand up has said it's several years of regular performances before they stopped sucking. When you get discouraged (and you will get discouraged) you need to know that you are doing it because you love doing it more than anything, or you're not going to succeed. I believe that is what Fred was saying. It doesn't matter where you perform, or what you do. Stop thinking about it and start doing it!

  • Jknox00

    Interestingly, I have (too often?) called Armisen a 'genius'. Something he would hate. But what can I say – Last Saturday he did a bang-on impersonation of my wife (but named 'Hope Hines') and all I needed to do was point and say to her “That's You” and we were nearly crying with laughter for 20 minutes straight. Strange thing is that Armisen is so awkward and sheepish on podcasts and this a magnified example somehow. 
    Anyways, here is some kind of ironic criticism (?) of Alison. Hang on Alison.. wait for it..  but I'm putting it something like this:  IF you DO insist on reading the feedback, tweets and twits and comments then aren't you somewhat obligated to take the good with the bad? Not ONLY the bad? IF you are emotionally offended by the 3 negative anti-Alison comments then you ought to be flattered, emotionally charged and boosted by the 30 praising loving pro-Alison tweets or emails or comments yes? I feel you might be unfair on this. And I see PLENTY of loving, lusting, praising and lauding comments left about you! So be %10 down but 90% up yes?

  • Fred didn't seem to give Alison that much to work with, but he was right about one thing. Stop listening to the haters! Although it's nice that you read the comments to those who take time to give feedback, twitter hate (twate?) should just become white noise. Statistically speaking, it's inevitable but know that your real fans don't give them any credence and neither should you!

  • Hi Alison and Fred,

    Alison, Fred Armisen seems like the nicest comic/actor/celebrity that I have had the pleasure to have heard interviewed.
    There was a memorable SNL sketch that Fred did years ago with Rachel Dratch, in which he played her pet parrot and interrupted her date with his parrot gibberish. It was one of the funniest comedy sketches I have ever seen. I laughed so hard that I fell over on the floor clutching my belly. I literally could not get up from the floor for a good five minutes and I was exhausted with a sore belly and tears of joy when I did. I have tried in vain to locate a clip of it. If you know howI can find it on DVD or on the internet, please let me know.
    This was an informative and entertaining podcast. You are two of the nicest people in show business and this was an easy going interview. I love you both.

  • STOP! Alison, stop reading these comments! STOP! Good or bad, who cares, just do what you do Babydoll! Dont even read this one. Just know that you need to close these comments now. Have a nice day!

  • drpeppermd

    I thought it was right on the money. I’ve never been a performer, most certainly never will. But everyone I’ve heard talk about it has said that you have to be doing it because you love it. Every stand up has said it’s several years of regular performances before they stopped sucking. When you get discouraged (and you will get discouraged) you need to know that you are doing it because you love doing it more than anything, or you’re not going to succeed. I believe that is what Fred was saying. It doesn’t matter where you perform, or what you do. Stop thinking about it and start doing it!

  • Jknox00

    Interestingly, I have (too often?) called Armisen a ‘genius’. Something he would hate. But what can I say – Last Saturday he did a bang-on impersonation of my wife (but named ‘Hope Hines’) and all I needed to do was point and say to her “That’s You” and we were nearly crying with laughter for 20 minutes straight. Strange thing is that Armisen is so awkward and sheepish on podcasts and this a magnified example somehow. 
    Anyways, here is some kind of ironic criticism (?) of Alison. Hang on Alison.. wait for it..  but I’m putting it something like this:  IF you DO insist on reading the feedback, tweets and twits and comments then aren’t you somewhat obligated to take the good with the bad? Not ONLY the bad? IF you are emotionally offended by the 3 negative anti-Alison comments then you ought to be flattered, emotionally charged and boosted by the 30 praising loving pro-Alison tweets or emails or comments yes? I feel you might be unfair on this. And I see PLENTY of loving, lusting, praising and lauding comments left about you! So be %10 down but 90% up yes?

  • Fred didn’t seem to give Alison that much to work with, but he was right about one thing. Stop listening to the haters! Although it’s nice that you read the comments to those who take time to give feedback, twitter hate (twate?) should just become white noise. Statistically speaking, it’s inevitable but know that your real fans don’t give them any credence and neither should you!

  • YouGoChavez

    Hi Alison and Fred,

    Alison, Fred Armisen seems like the nicest comic/actor/celebrity that I have had the pleasure to have heard interviewed.
    There was a memorable SNL sketch that Fred did years ago with Rachel Dratch, in which he played her pet parrot and interrupted her date with his parrot gibberish. It was one of the funniest comedy sketches I have ever seen. I laughed so hard that I fell over on the floor clutching my belly. I literally could not get up from the floor for a good five minutes and I was exhausted with a sore belly and tears of joy when I did. I have tried in vain to locate a clip of it. If you know howI can find it on DVD or on the internet, please let me know.
    This was an informative and entertaining podcast. You are two of the nicest people in show business and this was an easy going interview. I love you both.

  • DrunktankDan

    Unless I am retarded (which is entirely possible) and I just cannot find them, it would be a neat addition to the website to add relevant images/video links to the podcast episodes in a similar fashion to the Adam Carolla podcast,  I really want to see a picture of that hat that Fred was talking about.  Hell, a video tour of the new studio would be killer.  Then again, I don't know if your producer or someone else would have time to do google image searches etc. and put them up on the episode pages.
    Anyways, my girlfriend and I love the show and listen to it together on our long commute.  Also, you have been a wonderful addition to Adam's show and your chemistry with him has really developed (which can't be easy, he doesn't seem like the easiest guy to work with).  Cheers!

  • DrunktankDan

    Unless I am retarded (which is entirely possible) and I just cannot find them, it would be a neat addition to the website to add relevant images/video links to the podcast episodes in a similar fashion to the Adam Carolla podcast,  I really want to see a picture of that hat that Fred was talking about.  Hell, a video tour of the new studio would be killer.  Then again, I don’t know if your producer or someone else would have time to do google image searches etc. and put them up on the episode pages.
    Anyways, my girlfriend and I love the show and listen to it together on our long commute.  Also, you have been a wonderful addition to Adam’s show and your chemistry with him has really developed (which can’t be easy, he doesn’t seem like the easiest guy to work with).  Cheers!

  • stnuntrnd

    Very pleasant podcast.
    Alison, bring a couple of driving while texting news stories
    to the large audience of the ACS; would love to hear the guys jumping in with comments.

  • stnuntrnd

    Very pleasant podcast.
    Alison, bring a couple of driving while texting news stories
    to the large audience of the ACS; would love to hear the guys jumping in with comments.

  • Matt Peters from Portland

    Hmm interesting enough but I'm not sure where you are going with this. You try to metaphor it into something I won't google and so what if I rode the bull. It's not like I was thinking I would get a handy out of Alison and a role in Fred's fucking show I never watched. How about a story or a time when you thought maybe I'll switch up my material to something more the audience can relate to? You're a listener too right? So what's up with the bullshit commentary if you can't do any better. Meet me or have a conversation and see for yourself if you think it's all a joke. I'm Matt Peters from BEAVERTON on facebook if anyone cares to judge. I don't hate Alison or Fred but I KNEW they would take the call because I had something to actually ask. Fred does a show in Portland,  Alison has issues with negativity and has focused her career into comedy. Was that the best fucking advice or insight into a world not many pursue? You said it yourself “follow your dreams” – that was it. I know Adam did Loveline and dealt with a lot of retarded youngens so I understand his angle but now I'm sorry to assume Alison was more personal and “caring”. I love them all and they give me inspiration but what the fuck lol? I think Alison is very smart and I respect her but it was evident I wasn't satisfied with the BS. I didn't really care about what anybody had to say and I didn't need any confirmation after the call, I knew that when it was done I was dissatisfied. It's nothing on Alison, I think she is great.

    P.S. Hah I don't want to be a bank teller but I'll take the pep talk.

  • Matt Peters from Portland

    Hmm interesting enough but I’m not sure where you are going with this. You try to metaphor it into something I won’t google and so what if I rode the bull. It’s not like I was thinking I would get a handy out of Alison and a role in Fred’s fucking show I never watched. How about a story or a time when you thought maybe I’ll switch up my material to something more the audience can relate to? You’re a listener too right? So what’s up with the bullshit commentary if you can’t do any better. Meet me or have a conversation and see for yourself if you think it’s all a joke. I’m Matt Peters from BEAVERTON on facebook if anyone cares to judge. I don’t hate Alison or Fred but I KNEW they would take the call because I had something to actually ask. Fred does a show in Portland,  Alison has issues with negativity and has focused her career into comedy. Was that the best fucking advice or insight into a world not many pursue? You said it yourself “follow your dreams” – that was it. I know Adam did Loveline and dealt with a lot of retarded youngens so I understand his angle but now I’m sorry to assume Alison was more personal and “caring”. I love them all and they give me inspiration but what the fuck lol? I think Alison is very smart and I respect her but it was evident I wasn’t satisfied with the BS. I didn’t really care about what anybody had to say and I didn’t need any confirmation after the call, I knew that when it was done I was dissatisfied. It’s nothing on Alison, I think she is great.

    P.S. Hah I don’t want to be a bank teller but I’ll take the pep talk.

  • Not Matt Portandface

    Lol @  “So how'd u do it bro…u know, get famous?” So wack.
    -I'm NOT Matt Peters from BEAVERTON

  • Erashad

    Wow I thought this podcast was awkward, the comments section is even worse. The entire thing seemed like a Portlandia “how long can people hold a conversation with no forward momentum” vignette. I think I partly blame Alison for not coming with compelling questions but it was kind of a perfect storm with Fred's propensity for low-talking and not really giving a fuck if the conversation is in a constant lull. But Fred, he's gay right? I mean essentially that's why they thought he'd  drive a Mini Cooper.

  • Michael Pemulis

    No. You should read the negative comments. It's like lifting weights. Make yourself stronger through negative reinforcement. Negametrics. That sounds racist. Negaerobics. That sounds racist and sexually deviant. But you get the idea. Workout your self esteem abs with these crunchy comments. You'll be sore but better for it in the morning. That sounded bad too. The internet is too dirty.

  • Not Matt Portandface

    Lol @  “So how’d u do it bro…u know, get famous?” So wack.
    -I’m NOT Matt Peters from BEAVERTON

  • Erashad

    Wow I thought this podcast was awkward, the comments section is even worse. The entire thing seemed like a Portlandia “how long can people hold a conversation with no forward momentum” vignette. I think I partly blame Alison for not coming with compelling questions but it was kind of a perfect storm with Fred’s propensity for low-talking and not really giving a fuck if the conversation is in a constant lull. But Fred, he’s gay right? I mean essentially that’s why they thought he’d  drive a Mini Cooper.

  • Michael Pemulis

    No. You should read the negative comments. It’s like lifting weights. Make yourself stronger through negative reinforcement. Negametrics. That sounds racist. Negaerobics. That sounds racist and sexually deviant. But you get the idea. Workout your self esteem abs with these crunchy comments. You’ll be sore but better for it in the morning. That sounded bad too. The internet is too dirty.

  • Paul

    Alison has a way of explaining complex thoughts and feelings in a simple way. She makes it so easier to understand where her mind is at.

  • geans

    This one was really hard to get through, but it wasn’t Alison’s fault . . . 

  • Not looking to start up any sort of relationship with you.  The comedy clip you posted was lousy, and the guy I heard on the podcast was remarkably dense.  But on the up-side, it was great unintended comedy, so bask in the only five minutes of comedic fame you’re likely to ever enjoy.   In truth, I’m just trying to save everyone’s time – yours too.   I have too much respect for young and talented comedians to allow their stage time to be wasted on dreck.  And you, Matt, should really consider it a favor when someone is bold enough to tell you that you suck.  It’s constructive.  Your family and friends – they’d probably want to avoid hurting your feelings out of loyalty.   Alison and Fred?  They’d come off as mean spirited if they told you to drop this nonsense and look into bartending school.   I don’t have these problems.   I’m a relatively anonymous voice from 3000 miles away telling you that you’re wasting your time and that you’d be much better off finding a career where you can support a family and raise a new generation of Matts from Portland without wondering whether that new bit you thunk-up in the shower is going to make people laugh.   It won’t.  Not likely.   And you’re welcome.

  • Jason

    Great podcast Alison.  It’s fun witnessing you “settling into your voice” over these podcasts.  I gotta say though, if you and Fred Armisen were ever being seated in a restaurant, it would take the longest time for you both to select which seats at the table to sit at.  It’d be a humble meek off!  Alison:  “What side do you want?”Fred:    “I don’t care, you can pick it.”Alison:  “No no, that’s ok, you’re the guest, it’s up to you.”Fred:    “Aw no, that’s ok, you’re so nice to have me today, it’s totally your choice. Totally yours.”Alison (becoming, of course, self-aware of the meekness, yet powerless to break the cycle) “Wow, look us, we’re just too nice for one of us to just assert and take a stand here.”
    Fred (reflecting, whimsinating):  “Yeah, that’s really interesting.  I wonder what would happen if we were like, approaching each other in a narrow hallway and we’d have to that-”
    Alison: “-totally awkward side step thing!”
    Fred: “Yeah, we’d just be like, ‘huh’ ‘wha’ ‘I’ll go here’, ‘No I go here’ ‘huh’ ‘no, over here’..”
    Alison: “That totally reminds me of this Facts of Life episode where Blair…”
    Hostess:  “I’m effing outta here…”

  • Dick

    These podcasts are among the best part of my week.

  • Dick

    These podcasts are among the best part of my week.

  • Sher

    Allyson… I am so proud of you my dear fellow Orange County-an!!!  I am proud of your wit and charm 🙂  Because of you I now use the word besmirch on a regular basis.

  • Sher

    Allyson… I am so proud of you my dear fellow Orange County-an!!!  I am proud of your wit and charm 🙂  Because of you I now use the word besmirch on a regular basis.

  • 40yroldvirgin

    Fred can be a challenge to interview. Very soft spoken and a little weird by nature. But in this podcast he came across as more real and wasn't so quite . Alison, great job, and great podcast.

  • 40yroldvirgin

    Fred can be a challenge to interview. Very soft spoken and a little weird by nature. But in this podcast he came across as more real and wasn’t so quite . Alison, great job, and great podcast.

  • Mikeddottcom

    Alison you look groovy in that black coat.

  • Mikeddottcom

    Alison you look groovy in that black coat.

  • The Rob

    I read somewhere that Capote's father used to call him “Little Miss Mouse Fart.”  That's the first thought I had when hearing Fred speak and it stuck with me throughout. 

    Ironically, if Fred read negative comments, he might realize that he single-handedly shrinking violeted this episode into the ground.  Alison put up an admirable defense, but this one was probably doomed from the start.

  • The Rob

    I read somewhere that Capote’s father used to call him “Little Miss Mouse Fart.”  That’s the first thought I had when hearing Fred speak and it stuck with me throughout. 

    Ironically, if Fred read negative comments, he might realize that he single-handedly shrinking violeted this episode into the ground.  Alison put up an admirable defense, but this one was probably doomed from the start.

  • Matt Peters from Portland

    Hahahaha, this is by far the best comment. You don't even know me. It's really easy to be anonymous and ignorant over the internet. Where can I prove myself? No where am I trying to brag but I GUARANTEED I am funnier than anyone you have ever met in your life, that's all. I was rushing through it looking for an outlet and didn't end up with much.

    The irony is that Alison brings up the same concerns and idiots like you go an hammer me for asking questions to get information and not trivia. Skype me and get destroyed, I'll have you eat the words and my butt.

  • Matt Peters from Portland

    Hahahaha, this is by far the best comment. You don’t even know me. It’s really easy to be anonymous and ignorant over the internet. Where can I prove myself? No where am I trying to brag but I GUARANTEED I am funnier than anyone you have ever met in your life, that’s all. I was rushing through it looking for an outlet and didn’t end up with much.

    The irony is that Alison brings up the same concerns and idiots like you go an hammer me for asking questions to get information and not trivia. Skype me and get destroyed, I’ll have you eat the words and my butt.

  • girlphnx

     Seriously.  SOMEONE should have cut that guy off sooner.  Alison, Gary, whoever is steering the show.  And maybe should have been edited out.  Waste of air time.  This was a tough one to listen to because I kept wanting to skip to another podcast.  But I want to support Alison because I LOVE her!  But this low quality BS has got to be nixed.  But loved the “is it just me or everybody” part of the show.  And liked Gary's input.  More Gary, please.

  • girlphnx

     Seriously.  SOMEONE should have cut that guy off sooner.  Alison, Gary, whoever is steering the show.  And maybe should have been edited out.  Waste of air time.  This was a tough one to listen to because I kept wanting to skip to another podcast.  But I want to support Alison because I LOVE her!  But this low quality BS has got to be nixed.  But loved the “is it just me or everybody” part of the show.  And liked Gary’s input.  More Gary, please.

  • Djradio

    Found it boring and lacking in any direction, sorry, because i really like Alison

  • Djradio

    Found it boring and lacking in any direction, sorry, because i really like Alison

  • Zminarich

    He was married to Elizabeth Moss, but, you're right, his soft voice is kind of annoying and doesn't come off well on podcasts

  • ZachM

    You'll probably get that second date and it's with Matt Nathanson

  • Zminarich

    He was married to Elizabeth Moss, but, you’re right, his soft voice is kind of annoying and doesn’t come off well on podcasts

  • ZachM

    You’ll probably get that second date and it’s with Matt Nathanson

  • DAVIDPD

    Wow, Fred really is the nicest guy on the planet. Not opinionated in the least bit. That also made for some, well, interesting moments in the show. Keep up the good work.

  • DAVIDPD

    Wow, Fred really is the nicest guy on the planet. Not opinionated in the least bit. That also made for some, well, interesting moments in the show. Keep up the good work.

  • An Onny

    Well, thought I'd take a listen to this episode since I like Fred Armisen and thought he'd have some funny stories to share.  I really wish Alison would have come up with some real questions, like asking him more about Portlandia and his experiences in and observations of Portland. Maybe some questions about his life growing up. Instead, we were treated to him being forced to play psychologist to her anxieties, and nonsense questions about how he sneezed and slept.  I saw absolutely no point to this whole interview. Why was he even on?  She could have done this whole show simply by talking to Producer Gary.

  • An Onny

    Well, thought I’d take a listen to this episode since I like Fred Armisen and thought he’d have some funny stories to share.  I really wish Alison would have come up with some real questions, like asking him more about Portlandia and his experiences in and observations of Portland. Maybe some questions about his life growing up. Instead, we were treated to him being forced to play psychologist to her anxieties, and nonsense questions about how he sneezed and slept.  I saw absolutely no point to this whole interview. Why was he even on?  She could have done this whole show simply by talking to Producer Gary.

  • Bwlee99

    Wow, was this an strangely awkward interview.  I don't blame Alison…I was amazed how she was locked and loaded with questions every time Armisen would cause dead air.  It got quite painful to listen to but Alison stayed the course.  I know she was emptying her holster when she resorted to Facts of Life talk.  Now there is some “good pod”!  
    Armisen's unassuming shtick got to the point of being pretentious and felt blowhardy.  Too bad….hopefully AR continues to net some big names. 
    *I do find her theme song and bumper music to be campy and a bit annoying….I know it's her friend but time to graduate!

  • Bwlee99

    Wow, was this an strangely awkward interview.  I don’t blame Alison…I was amazed how she was locked and loaded with questions every time Armisen would cause dead air.  It got quite painful to listen to but Alison stayed the course.  I know she was emptying her holster when she resorted to Facts of Life talk.  Now there is some “good pod”!  
    Armisen’s unassuming shtick got to the point of being pretentious and felt blowhardy.  Too bad….hopefully AR continues to net some big names. 
    *I do find her theme song and bumper music to be campy and a bit annoying….I know it’s her friend but time to graduate!

  • Mialacci

    Alison, I really love you on Adam’s podcasts and your show.  However, to be totally honest, I realy didn’t enjoy listening to Armisen.  He just put me to sleep with that sound of his voice.  He is very funny on SNL, but he makes for a bad interview.  I have to say out of all of your podcasts so far, Armisen interview is the least favorite.  Keep up the good up.  Zip it Cunt!

  • Christina

    I definitely struggle with wanting to be be social. I wish I were more social as well, but I have to ask myself, why do I NEED to be more social? Do we feel this way because we are constantly being flooded with social media and everyone flaunting how social they are?? Some people are just more introverted and that is ok. Something I am working on is accepting that I enjoy my alone time and reminding myself that I don't need to beat myself up about wanting to be alone. Balance is key and I think we need to be the ones to decide what that balance is for ourselves, not what we think we SHOULD be doing.

    Love the show, keep it up and forget about all the haters!!! There are lots of us out here who love what you are doing and trust that you will put on a great show as long as you keep being yourself. Thanks for all your great work!

  • Christina

    I definitely struggle with wanting to be be social. I wish I were more social as well, but I have to ask myself, why do I NEED to be more social? Do we feel this way because we are constantly being flooded with social media and everyone flaunting how social they are?? Some people are just more introverted and that is ok. Something I am working on is accepting that I enjoy my alone time and reminding myself that I don’t need to beat myself up about wanting to be alone. Balance is key and I think we need to be the ones to decide what that balance is for ourselves, not what we think we SHOULD be doing.

    Love the show, keep it up and forget about all the haters!!! There are lots of us out here who love what you are doing and trust that you will put on a great show as long as you keep being yourself. Thanks for all your great work!

  • This is one of my favorite podcast of yours Alison. I also enjoyed the James Gunn podcast. You were on fire with these guests!

  • Andre

    This is one of my favorite podcast of yours Alison. I also enjoyed the James Gunn podcast. You were on fire with these guests!

  • This is one of my favorite podcast of yours Alison. I also enjoyed the James Gunn podcast. You were on fire with these guests!

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