When Portlandia debuted on IFC last year, expectations weren’t just low, they were practically non-existent. But it wasn’t long before Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein made it abundantly clear that they had stumbled into a rare groove, effortlessly riffing off each other’s deadpan sensibilities as they lovingly mocked the precious hipster cultures from which both performers sprung. The result was an addictive sketch comedy delight. (Everyone has their favorite Portlandia sketch from Season 1. Mine is “Buying An Emergency Cell Phone,” which features some brilliant improvisation from Kumail Nanjiani.)
The hype has been heavy in anticipation of this Friday’s Season 2 premiere. After several teased sketches from the upcoming season -- including Fred and Carrie’s crackhouse-like immersion into the Battlestar Galactica universe -- an entire new episode has been released online. (It's not the premiere, which is called "Mixology," but "One Moore Episode," the full version ...Read more
IFC has greenlighted a new series that will focus on how life really is in Portland, Oregon. Lorne Michaels will executive producer the short-based series, which stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.