It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the now-defunct rock group Sleater-Kinney, and especially their Townshendesque guitarist Carrie Brownstein; and I also happen to be a fan of Fred Armisen as well, who most know primarily as a comedian on "Saturday Night Live," but is also an accomplished drummer and founding member of old indie-rock band Trenchmouth. So how excited am I exactly to find out that the two have recently teamed together to form a video-based improvisational comedy duo, called ThunderAnt? ThunderAnt, Go!!! All right!
Turns out, in fact, that Brownstein has an acting bug most of us didn't know about; besides this project, she's also been featured in the short films Fan Mail and Group, as well as the Miranda July film Getting Stronger Everyday. (And let's not ever forget, of course, that Brownstein also played one of the band members in that infamous William Shatner commercial for the Dot-Com-Era Priceline.) And I have to admit, ThunderAnt is pretty hilarious, with Armisen and Brownstein basically picking situations and archetypes and then running with the possibilities for five to ten minutes. (See for example "Feminist Bookstore," where Fred and Carrie play leftist hippie co-owners of bookstore "Women and Women First," and actually review real flyers from the Portland, Oregon region regarding whether they're going to let them hang in the store or not.) There's not much there at the moment, but all of it is quite funny; here's hoping that Armisen and Brownstein get more of them kicked out, before other projects undoubtedly tear them away again from ThunderAnt in the future.