Turns out Armisen has visited Pittsburgh on numerous occasions.
"I was in a band called Trenchmouth and we played there maybe three times and I went back to Pittsburgh to see Prince in, like, 2004 maybe," Armisen said, noting it was Manny Theiner who booked his band's gigs locally. "The times I've been to Pittsburgh it just reminds me of, like, a German city up in those hills. It just looks cool and seems solid.
"And then the little bits and pieces I keep learning about Pittsburgh, things make more and more sense. One thing is all the art and Andy Warhol. That's really interesting that for all the places for him to come from, it's Pittsburgh. That kicks [butt].
"And then, I'm not a religious person at all, I'm an atheist, but I once heard the Dalai Lama said Pittsburgh has a lot of energy because of those three rivers, so all these things make sense to me or speak to me. It's a cool city. There's something about it I like."
The third season finale of "Portlandia" airs at 10 p.m. Friday on IFC. It's a largely single plot episode about a blackout hitting Portland. The episode also dispatches with Fred and Carrie's roommate, Alexandra (Chloe Sevigny) and returns the Mayor (Kyle MacLachlan).
So far IFC has not announced a fourth season renewal, although given the improved ratings at the time of the season premiere in January, renewal seems likely unless Fred and co-star Carrie Brownstein simply don't want to continue the show.