From Screen to Stage

Portlandia Comes to Seattle

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein take their TV satire on the road.

By Allie Oosta November 21, 2011

Image courtesy IFC.

Put a bird on it Armisen (left) and Brownstein star in Portlandia.

If you’re not as enamored as we are with IFC’s sketch show Portlandia, the brainchild of SNL alum Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. You’re missing a spot-on satire of all those Portland stereotypes (and, dare we say, Seattle ‘types): hippies obsessed with 1) eating organic and knowing which farm their chicken dinner came from, 2) wearing flannel, 3) buying handmade potholders with birds on them, and 4) quoting from NPR and The New Yorker. It’s funny ‘cause it’s true.

To gear up for the second season, which kicks off January 6, IFC is sending Portlandia on tour—a six-city jaunt that stops in Seattle on December 28. The stage show, much like its TV counterpart, will showcase sketches written by the duo featuring their collection of Portland eccentrics. It will also include live music (Brownstein is currently on tour with her new rock band Wild Flag), a sneak peek at the new season, and insight into how the sketches were created. The show’s still a bit of a cult thing (there were only six half-hour episodes in the debut season), so you’re not that far behind. Thankfully, 10 more episodes have been approved.

Armisen and Brownstein will also tour New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland. If you, like us, want to see how the show’s hometown crowd reacts, tickets ($20–$30) for both the Seattle and Portland nights go on sale November 22 at 10am at

Here’s a little preview: This clip cracks on a Portland resident’s obsession with being really, really well-read. Pay attention about 30 seconds in, when they start saying crazy things like, "Did you read what that guy wrote in the sand on the beach? Did you read the fortune cookie? From last night? Did you read it? There were two!"

Portlandia comes to Showbox at the Market on Dec 28.

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