Celebrate Tonight’s ‘Portlandia’ Premiere with the Show’s Best Skits

Posted in TV on February 27th, 2014 by Nick

portlandia-we-can-pickle-thatPortlandia, the IFC sketch comedy series starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres tonight and this is great news for the Internet, mankind, and fans of really strange, niche hipster-mocking comedy. (Oh, cacao, Oregon – they mock with love!)

To celebrate its premiere, here are some of my personal favorite scenes that aren’t “Put a Bird On It” (though damned if I don’t laugh every. single. time. I see that one):

“She’s Making Jewelry Now” – Carrie’s sister is making jewelry now. She’s got her own website! My favorite part: right around the 0:52 mark when Carrie passionately scream-sings into her sister’s ear and then turns around and dances away. Gets me every time. Sometimes on Portlandia, the smallest little details are the best.

 “A-O River!” – Dave and Kath are some of my favorite characters of the series. They’re always going on adventures (that aren’t really that adventurous) and they’re always super-uber-ultra prepared and usually freaking out over small details. In this skit, Dave and Kath are setting their sails on a river. Hilarity ensues.

“Adult Hide & Seek”-  There are so many great things about this one: what the word “seek” stands for, the vegan bacon cheeseburger countdown, the old woman in the library. It’s so quotable. It’s so glorious.

“Did You Read?” – People love to read. People also love to talk about how much they read and one-up each other in social circles. This skit nails people like that, and is part of the reason why the show is so genius. It perfectly mocks some of society’s most laughable bullshit.

“The Technology Loop” - In this goodie, Fred gets stuck in a technology loop full of Netflix queues, texts, emails, Internet, iPads and computers. When we first saw this one, Emily told me that this is my life. It was sort of hard to argue.

If I kept adding to this list, I’d be here all day long. (The feminist book store owners! The rats! The Battlestar Galactica bingeing! Cat napped! Two girls, two shirts!) Because I love Portlandia, and Portlandia is amazing.

Watch it tonight at 10pm on IFC. You can also catch up on the goodness by watching Seasons 1-3 on Netflix.

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‘Portlandia’: This scene is basically every conversation I have with my friends ever.

Posted in TV on January 7th, 2013 by Nick

Portlandia is back and it really is a Happy New Year.

Season 3 started last Friday with the premiere of two new episodes, blessing us with cameos by Matt Pinfield, Tabitha Soren and Matt Loder (YEAH!), the introduction of new character Alexandra (played by Chloe Sevigny – YEAH!), and this sweet, sweet skit about spoilers.

It’s basically art imitating life. My life.

Oh…and also: Spoiler Alert.

For anyone who hasn’t jumped aboard the Portlandia bandwagon yet…hop on Fridays at 10p.m. on IFC, or catch Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix Instant.

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First Look: ‘Portlandia’ Season 2

Posted in Check It Out!, TV on September 28th, 2011 by Nick

This January, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy IFC series Portlandia returns for more bird loving, local fish and produce, and feminist books. Along with them come guest stars like Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Tim Robbins, Jack McBrayer, and more! There is a God.

As any fan can tell you, “Portlandia” stars Fred Armisen (“SNL”) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney) as a variety of wonderfully eccentric characters including Peter and Nance, a bohemian couple caught up in the organic and local food movement; Bryce Shivers and Lisa Everesman, an arty and obsessive couple; and Toni and Candice, the formerly activist, self-involved shopkeepers of the feminist bookstore “Women and Women First.” In addition to the current inhabitants, several new residents will be moving in for season two.

Check out this just-released sneak peek clip from IFC:

Brownstein and Armisen are beyond brilliant, destroying SNL with ridiculous tales of neurotic hipsters from Portland, Oregon’s zany culture. From animal rights, bicycle power, and precious crafts, to the feminist fringe, cults, and Harajuku girls, Portlandia leaves no part of society unscathed.

You haven’t seen it? That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can watch clips on Hulu or purchase the episodes digitally from iTunes or Amazon.

Trust me, precious readers: It’s worth the cash.


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