Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's A Roosevelt Island Accent - Portlandia And Saturday Night Live Star Fred Armisen Show Us And Other NYC Accents

Portlandia and former Saturday Night Live funny man Fred Armisen performed a benefit for 826NYC in Brooklyn earlier this week. Amazingly, Roosevelt Island was part of his comedy bit. According to Brokelyn:
...Fred Armisen continued his crusade to keep New York City accents alive, one wacky improvisation at a time. Instead of having an audience just shout the accents they wanted to hear at them, Armisen had people walk up and suggest accents, as he ran through Richmond Hill, Stuyvesant Town, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, the Lower East Side, Tribeca (no accent), East Village, The Bronx, Park Slope, Roosevelt Island, Morningside Heights, Astoria, Bay Ridge and Crown Heights in six minutes of improvised accents...
At about the 3 minute 50 second mark, Fred Armisen tells the crowd that he knew one person from Roosevelt Island and gives his impression of a Roosevelt Island accent.

Another connection between Roosevelt Island and Fred Armisen? Roosevelt Island and Portland have an Aerial Tram Transportation system in common.