Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are bringing their hit IFC comedy show, “Portlandia” on a six city tour in December.
I’ll readily admit to being a huge fan of the irreverent send up of the oh-so-precious alternative culture of our neighbor to the south. It’s made, “Bird a bird on it!” a minor cultural catchphrase.
Tickets went on sale today for the tour which kicks off in Portland on Dec. 27 and hits Seattle the next day. Other stops include Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
Armisen, of “Saturday Night Live” fame, and Brownstein of made-in-Olympia Sleater-Kinney are the co-creators, writers and stars of “Portlandia.” They’ll perform live music, present sneak-peek clips from the show’s second season and share personal anecdotes.
If you haven’t seen the show you are missing some of the cleverest writing on TV. Brownstein and Armisen play a variety of characters ranging from a couple who insist on seeing the dossier of the free range chicken they are about to eat, to the owners of a feminist bookstore where they force Steve Buscemi to buy a book in order to use the bathroom. It describes Portland as the city where young people go to retire and the tattoo ink never runs out. Then, of course, there’s that unforgettable “Put a bird on it” segment.
The second season of “Portlandia” premieres on IFC on January 6. Some of the show’s characters from season one return including Portland’s mayor (Kyle MacLachlan) and Toni and Candice, the shopkeepers of the feminist bookstore, “Women and Women First” (pictured above.)
Guest stars this season include Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, Tim Robbins, Andy Samberg, Amber Tamblyn, and Kristen Wiig. Musicians include Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).