Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen clown around in “Portlandia”


This summer, the Independent Film Channel announced that it would be producing a sketch comedy show starring Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen and our own rock goddess Carrie Brownstein, called Portlandia. Now we know the show will premiere January 21 and continue to air every Friday in 2011 at 10:30.

Portlandia introduces us to absurd PDXers, like myself. Each episode’s character-based shorts draw viewers into “Portlandia,” the creators’ dreamy campy rendering of the town we know and love.

“I love Portlandia. It really represents so much of what I love culturally, musically and in so many other ways,” Fred Armisen said in the press release. “This started as just a fun summer activity for Carrie and me. We’d be hanging out in Portland and shooting whatever made us laugh, and that evolved into Portlandia.” An official description:

Portlandia inhabitants include but are not limited to: the owners of a feminist book store; a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who attach cut-outs of birds to everything (“put a bird on it!”); an organic farmer who turns out to be a cult leader; an adult hide and seek league; and a punk rock couple negotiating a “safe word” to help govern their love life. The first episode depicts Armisen and Brownstein meeting with the Mayor of Portland (Kyle MacLachlan) who solicits the duo to write a new theme song for the city. This segment features a cameo from the real mayor of Portland (Sam Adams) playing the assistant to MacLachlan’s “mayor.” Much of the series’ original music is written and performed by Armisen and Brownstein.

An assortment of guest stars are already lined up, including Aubrey Plaza, Selma Blair, Heather Graham and Aimee Mann. And now IFC has given us some clips to get acquainted with some of the characters.

So check out Carrie’s theme song for the show and ready yourself to enter Portlandia in 2011.

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