• The UO Nice List: Portlandia

    We got through an entire interview with Fred Armisen and Carrie Browstein from Portlandia without once mentioning putting a bird on anything.  Find out what this comedy duo are doing during their bird-less holidays!

    Please introduce yourself.
    Fred: I am Fred Armisen.
    Carrie: Hello, I'm Carrie Brownstein.

    What do you love/loathe most about the holidays?
    Fred: Chocolate (love).
    Carrie: I love that strange stillness on the holidays. Once all of the bustle of shopping and anticipation comes to a halt, there is a wonderful, momentary quiet on Christmas morning or New Year's Day. It carries with it a very nice contemplative feeling. I loathe the crowds and long lines.

    What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

    Fred: A homemade synthesizer.
    Carrie: I appreciate any gesture and am fine with not exchanging gifts and just getting to be around people whom I love.



    What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received?
    Fred: All gifts are nice.
    Carrie: There are no bad gifts though my father's continual attempts to buy me clothing borders on misguided.

    If you could ask for anything this year (and money is no object) what would you ask for?
    Fred: Sony Pictures Entertainment.
    Carrie: To be able to touch my toes. A short cut in putting the duvet cover on the bed.

    What is your favorite holiday tradition that you share with friends or family?
    Fred: Eating chocolate.
    Carrie: Taking a walk on Christmas day after opening presents.

    What’s your favorite holiday snack or food?
    Fred: Chocolate.
    Carrie: All of the cookies and chocolate that make up the inevitable sugar binge count as my favorite.

    Without looking it up, what are the ingredients in eggnog?
    Fred: Cream and sugar.
    Carrie: Eggs and sugar. If eggs aren't in eggnog then I really have some studying to do.


    Any idea how you will spend New Year’s Eve this year?
    Fred: Not yet.
    Carrie: Probably in that mind frame wherein you keep wondering whether you made the right decision as to your New Year's Eve plans.

    If you could be any character from a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
    Fred: Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I loved his commitment to making the best sushi in the world.
    Carrie: Esther Smith from Meet Me in St. Louis.

    If you could plant a New Year’s kiss on your dream crush, who would that be and why?
    Fred: Cindy Sherman. She is the greatest.
    Carrie: Joan Didion. I mean, just a kiss on the cheek or a polite kiss atop her hand. She is one of my favorite writers.

    What was your proudest moment from this past year?
    Fred: Playing music with Hugh Cornwell.
    Carrie: Learning steadiness.

    What are you looking forward to most about 2013?
    Fred: Is it not 2013 yet? I have to reset my calendar. Mine totally says 2013. That's why I was so early for that flight!
    Carrie: Everything.

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