I have never been to Portland, Oregon, but I can imagine how annoying some people who live there might be. Possibly even more annoying than the ones who live in Brooklyn. So I thank the heavens for “Saturday Night Live”‘s Fred Armisen and ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, who will enlighten us all when their new sitcom, “Portlandia,” debuts on the IFC channel. Fred and Carrie are the I’m-pissing-yourself hilarious duo behind the comedy group Thunder Ant. If you have not watched their “Feminist Bookstore” sketches, you must do so posthaste.
Please, please, please tell me “Portlandia” will be more of the same? Yes, indeed. According to IFC.com:
“In the series’ premiere, viewers will meet the owners of a feminist book store; a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who put cut-outs of birds on everything; and a punk rock couple negotiating a ‘safe word’ to help govern their love life.”
Bust magazine reports the show begins filming later this month. “Portlandia” will also star Aubrey Plaza from “Parks & Recreation” and Kyle MacLachlan, aka Trey Macdougal from “Sex and the City”; they’ll both write the series with Allison Silverman from “The Colbert Report.” Yay for women comedy writers … and having a sense of humor about (some) feminists.
Here’s another Thunder Ant “feminist bookstore” sketch, although, IMHO, this one isn’t as funny: