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An Interview with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

The stars of Portlandia on doing small things that matter

Portlandia’s Portland both is and is not the same as the city in Oregon: It’s at once smaller and larger, and some of its choicest gags can ricochet back to make the real-life city seem like a parody of itself. The IFC sketch comedy show is the brainchild of guitarist Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and comedian Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live. Since 2011, their Emmy-nominated show has poked goofy, well-honed fun at the self-righteous habits and precious quirks of its title town—and, by extension, of every city where people try to live a hip, conscious, yoga-and-almond-milk kind of life.

Was there a sharper critique at work? It certainly could feel that way. “The dream of the ‘90s is alive in Portland,” a chorus of zombie-like hipsters sang with an undead fervor in the series premiere, seeming to suggest that Portlandians of any city—especially the synth players, macchiato makers, and craft crackers of urban America—were lockstep anachronisms, full of outdated idealism.

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Street Artist Shepard Fairey Makes Hilarious Cameo on Portlandia

The “Obey” creator helps make fun of the subversive art form that he helped pioneer

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“You wanna be radical? This is the radical store for you,” says Fred Armisen’s character, Phil, one of the co-owners of Shocking Art Supplies.

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Our Top 9 Most Portlandia Headlines of 2014

A round-up of the 2014 headlines we swear we didn’t write with the People’s Republic of Portlandia in mind.

Portlandia, which holds a funhouse mirror up to a certain set of (ahem) earnestly progressive urbanites, begins its fifth season on IFC starting January 8. From farm-to-table extremists to fixed gear cyclists and the dour owners of a proudly unprofitable feminist bookstore, we here at GOOD are well aware that when we laugh at these characters, we’re also laughing at ourselves. We’ve rounded up a few of last year's headlines from GOOD which, when taken on their own, might seem to have been written with the citizens of the People’s Republic of Portlandia in mind.

1. How I Tried to Turn Prison Into a Colorful Experience

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Feast Your Eyes: Meet Colin, Portlandia's Most Pampered Chicken

A clip from the first episode of IFC's new show, Portlandia, gently skewers the city's farm-to-table obsession.

For those too hip to own a TV or too busy with Adult Hide & Seek League on Friday night, here's a clip from the first episode of Portlandia, the new IFC show that pokes fun at the manifold artisanal, locavore, and alternative delights of Portland, Oregon. In this excerpt from the first episode, a couple quiz their waitress as to their chicken's diet (sheep's milk and locally grown hazelnuts), first name, and social life, before heading out to check with their own eyes that the farmer is "not one of those guys sitting on a yacht in Miami, cashing in on the organic trend."

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