Airdate: Portlandia

ABC2 will premiere US hipster sketch-comedy hit, Portlandia later this month.

The series is created, written by, and starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein. It centres around the odd-ball residents of Portlandia, a dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon, where 90s culture reigns supreme and political correctness is all the rage.

Armisen and Brownstein play an array of colorful and unique characters which include a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who attach cut-outs of birds to everything (“put a bird on it”); members of an adult hide and seek league; self-righteous feminist bookstore owners; and a punk rock couple who use the safe word to help govern their love life.

A variety of guest stars appear such as: Selma Blair (Legally Blond, Hellboy); Heather Graham (The Hangover); Steve Buscemi (Pulp Fiction, Boardwalk Empire); Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City); Gus Van Sant (Milk); Aimee Mann; James Mercer (the Shins); Sarah McLachlan and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).

Portlandia is co-created, co-written and directed by Jonathan Krisel and is Executive Produced by Lorne Michaels (SNL and 30 Rock).

Thursday, February 23 at 9pm on ABC2.


  1. I’ve managed to catch some Portlandia – it’s weird, but funny. It’s Exec Produced by Lorne Michaels (creator and EP from Saturday Night Live), but it seems that Fred and Carrie have been let off the leash away from the SNL structure.

    Incidentally, I have friends in Portland who say it’s both immensely popular in Portland, but also often strikes very close to the truth. Many a car has a “Keep Portland Weird” bumper sticker.

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