I can remain silent no longer!
The show Portlandia on Independent Film Channel (IFC) is so ridiculously funny, so wildly satirical, and so even-handed when it comes to critiquing all ideologies, lifestyles, and demographics...I just had to post something recommending it to those of you who have yet to partake. (Reminder: I'm under 30, so keep that in mind all you Boomers who may watch these clips and wonder if I've lost my mind.)
The quasi-sketch show stars Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen who films Portlandia during SNL's off-season. His co-star and co-creator is a former musician Carrie Brownstein who actually holds her own with the formidable Armisen on screen. Each episode has an overall, skeleton plot to it, but filling in the gaps are sequences of comedy gold. Okay, so some sketches/scenes miss more than they hit, but the overall result of each episode that I've seen thus far is a great deal of laughter. Everyone involved with this show is liberal-to-quite-liberal, and yet they are unrelenting in their spoofing of all the Left's sacred cows. No one, no thing, is off limits.
You know, actual comedy. The kind of stuff that doesn't have to avoid the obvious joke simply because it will offend a New York Times critic.
And at the same time, Portlandia isn't, in my opinion, nasty. It doesn't have an agenda. It's just funny.
So here are two clips that I think are litmus tests to judge whether or not you should invest any more time on the show. The first is the opening sequence of Episode 1 and does a good job of giving you the overall theme of what you're about experience (should you choose to accept it):
And the second clip I chose is of a bleeding heart couple who goes to dinner and appears to be less interested in eating and more interested in just how "cage free" that cage-free, farm-fresh chicken they are ordering really is.
If you like what you see, Portlandia is on NetFlix and you can watch episodes on-line at the show's website.
I'll be interested in hearing some reactions, so Comment away!