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Those of you not aware of IFC’s comedy show Portlandia should watch the first two seasons of the show, its only 16 episodes of satiric sketches. The rest of you who are fans of the show would be glad to hear that the third season will resume on January 4, 2013. However, there will also be a Christmas special broadcasted on December 14, 2012, entitled “Winter in Portland“.
The award winning series starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein, presents various funny instances similar to the format of Kids in the Hall, Stella Shorts, In Living Color etc. Guest stars of the show include Kyle MacLachlan as the Mayor of the city, Aimee Mann, Selma Blair, Steve Buscemi, Heather Graham, Aubrey Plaza, and Tim Robbins. Season three will feature the likes of No Doubt and Chloe Sevingny.
The motto of the city of Portland, Oregon and that of the show is “Keep Portland Weird”. Written on a wall at the entrance to the Mississippi District in Portland, Oregon, is the line “Welcome to Hipsterville U.S.A.” which underlines most of the jokes of the show. Nevertheless, Portlandia is not for everyone, since others might find it offensive, taking it too far, urging the viewers to hate the protagonists and thus to promote a sense that being weird is a negative thing. There is a thin line between the two, and unfortunately it lies on the eyes of the beholder.
The series has generated a book entitled PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors and a live tour of the show. The book is supposed to be “a comprehensive guide to all restaurants and food carts, including extensive use of symbols to signify Vegan, Freegan, Sea-gan, Wheelchair-Accessible, Skateboard-Accessible, Segway-Accessible, Clothing Optional, Polyamorous, LGBTQ, Dog-Friendly (No cats), Cat-Friendly (No dogs or mice) Mouse-Friendly (No cats or elephants), For Dogs (only), Regionally-Sourced Food, Regionally-Sourced Waitstaff, and House-Sourced Food (Born/dies on plate). A guide for dogs and dog owners, including a detailed map of the numerous dog parks the city has to offer. Very numerous and passionately maintained. An up-to-date guide to shopping, schools, and entertainment. A city activities guide for older adults who are stuck in perpetual early twentysomething-dom. A guide for getting around, either by foot, or by bicycle, the official car of Portlandia. Featured also are the 9 official bicycle rules of the road, drawn up by Spyke and his bike comrades. Not to be ignored!
Please note, and point out to your best friend, that this book is printed on 130% recycled paper in a peanut-free, smoke-free plant by local workers in a friendly and fair environment, free of sudden noises and unnatural light.” As you can see the humor of the show is evident in the book as well. I will have to add it to my wishlist, along with Hipster Hitler 😛
Below you will find a clip from the upcoming season, the book trailer and two of my favorite pieces from the past seasons:
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