“It’s a magical place”: Kyle MacLachlan and Fred Armisen wax rhapsodic about Portland

IFC’s long-running sketch comedy series Portlandia aired its series finale earlier this year, capping off a seven-year run of bizarre, Portland-loving, hipster-skewering satire. We caught up with co-creator Fred Armisen and the (fictional) mayor of Portland himself, Kyle MacLachlan, to reminisce, talk about their love…

Fred and Carrie help Rachel Bloom land a date in this exclusive Portlandia clip

Celebrity cameos on Portlandia range from the recurring (think Kyle MacLachlan as “Mayor”) to the kooky and entrepreneurial (Jeff Goldblum hawking actual knots), so multi-hyphenate performer Rachel Bloom’s appearance in the final season could really go anywhere. Does she lead a marching band through the city, or maybe…

Portlandia begins its final season with an empathetic satire of aging punks

After eight influential seasons, Portlandia is finally packing it in this year, and while the show’s cultural impact has waned since its early 2010s peak, anyone still watching knows that it can often be quite funny. The show’s quirky characters and loving satire of hipster culture has become somewhat predictable, but…

Portlandia was the perfect Obama-era comedy series, and that’s why it had to go

Portlandia debuted its first episode—which famously opened with “The Dream Of The ’90s,” an anthem celebrating a place where “people are still talking about saving the planet and forming bands,” “young people go to retire,” and “the Bush administration never happened”—on January 21, 2011, two years into Barack Obama’s…

Samantha Bee, other white people, advise hugging rather than punching Nazis

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee returned on Wednesday, with America’s favorite Canadian late-night comedy host catching up on all she’d clearly not missed while she, one can only hope, slept the sleep of the just, somewhere far away from the Trump-despoiled landscape she regularly scours for injustice. Bee ran down the…

Rachel Bloom and Terry Crews will help Portlandia finish out its final season next year

We’ve known for a while now that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s IFC institution Portlandia would be coming to an end this year, finishing its run after eight seasons of gentle satire and bird-putting-on-ing things. But let it never be said that Portlandia didn’t go out on a high note, guest-star wise, with the…

Men’s rights activists praise men in film and Carrie makes a friend in a pointed Portlandia

Early in Portlandia’s run, the show established a friendly relationship with the local basketball team, as former Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge proved to be quite an amusing comic foil. Now, with Aldridge in San Antonio, Damian Lillard has taken over as the team’s biggest star, so it makes sense that he would…

Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein tell us their favorite high school albums

At the recent Television Critics Association press tour, the jaded crowd actually groaned when IFC announced that Portlandia’s eighth season next year would be its last. Since 2011, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have been poking fun at hipster culture as they offer up a variety of (often gender-switched)…

The year in swag: 2016 left us with broken goggles, a cow eye, and witch pee

The horror of the year we are about to depart has been well-established, but thanks to our swag table, we at The A.V. Club were not left empty-handed. Why, we received a variety of fun items, like: A Grand Tour air-freshener for our car! Donald Trump socks! A bottle of witch’s urine! An actual cow eye! Many, many…

Portlandia asks, “What About Men?” in new season preview

It looks like IFC’s Portlandia is taking its break-up with Portland’s In Other Words—a.k.a., the basis for the show’s frequently visited feminist bookstore Women & Women First—pretty well. A new preview for the show’s seventh season show’s the store’s exterior, hinting at the setup for a classic Toni and Candace…

Portlandia’s feminist bookstore says, “Fuck Portlandia”

Across six seasons, Portlandia has used Portland’s real-life feminist bookstore In Other Words as the basis and filming location for its fictional analogue Women & Women First—a relationship that even predates the IFC series, dating back to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s earliest comedy work as Thunderant. But…