The second season of IFC’s sketch series Portlandia premiered earlier this month. For all the comedic acclaim stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein receive, they garner equal acclaim for their musicianship. We recently covered the duo playing “Push It” on their Portlandia tour, and now they have covered Devo’s “Beautiful World” during a Rolling Stone interview that turned into an informal session.
The second season of Portlandia premieres on IFC tomorrow (watch the first episode here) and last month, stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen toured a music/video/chat variety show around the country to promote it. At their San Francisco performance, local duo Thao + Mirah joined for the finale: a cover of Salt-N-Pepa’s 1986 smash “Push It.” Telekinesis’ Michael Benjamin Lerner plays drums.
You probably know Fred Armisen best from Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, but he was in fact a musician long before he was a famous comedian. He started out playing drums in Chicago band Trenchmouth and still occasionally displays his chops. He most recently did so at the monthly Heart of Darkness comedy/variety show in Brooklyn, jamming on a Devo cover with costumed band the Forgiveness.