Fred Armisen Explains Why 'Portlandia' Writers Work Out of an Airbnb

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Dogs played a significant role in this decision, he tells THR.

A version of this story first appeared in the June 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Unsurprisingly, Portlandia creators Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel have applied an offbeat approach to their writers room. Armisen tells THR that the scribes behind the hit IFC series "change locations every season," and for its upcoming sixth season are converging in an Airbnb in the hills above Silver Lake. Why?

"Here, we all are in one room, where we can talk to each other through the writing process," says Armisen. "Another important factor is four of our writers have dogs and can bring them in."

Airbnb didn't respond to requests seeking comment.

The series starts shooting in July in Portland, where Brownstein lives. Armisen has homes in Los Angeles, New York and an apartment in Portland where he lives during filming. He also spends a considerable amount of time in New York City where he's needed as the bandleader on Late Night With Seth Meyers

In February, Portlandia was renewed for two additional seasons.

 

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