The season finale of Portlandia was filled with a lot of magical and memorable moments, but perhaps the most last impression was of that of SNL’s Bill Hader in a majestic mullet.
If you missed the season finale of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show, there was a blackout in Portlandia when the Mayor (played by Kyle Maclachlan, of course) was off the grid and someone at City Hall forgot to pay the power bill. An “Oregon Power” staffer (played by Kumail Nanjiani), gave the city a final notice, and then had no choice but to discontinue the city’s service. With one click of the power company’s switch, * poof * Portlandia was in a blackout.
When the lights went out, a mysterious stranger with a hilariously exaggerated accent and shoulder-length blond hair showed up at Peter and Nance’s bed-and-breakfast. He introduced himself as “Birdman” and suggested that they all need to go on a “walkabout.” When you have Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Bill Hader all on the same screen, hilarity is bound to ensue.
In this trailer for the Portlandia season finale, the show pays homage to “Lost,” which is no Battlestar Galactica, but is still one of the best shows around. In Portlandia’s finale, chaos ensues when the city’s electricity bill is not paid and the whole town is left in complete darkness after the Mayor (Kyle MacLachlan) resigns. All of Portlandia’s favorite characters are forced to embark on a journey to get through the blackout and restore order. Leading the pack is a mysterious Aussie visitor to Pete and Nance’s new bed and breakfast named, Mr. Birdman (Bill Hader).
"Maybe I should have warned you, it's a communal table," says Carrie Brownstein in the latest episode of Portlandia. "I think you'll like it, it's so Portland." Out on a date at 5th Quadrant with Alexandria (played by Chloë Sevigny), Carrie explains how communal dining works: "Everything kind of comes out in this order, you get to see what everybody else is eating, it's like you can kind of hear their conversations but at the same time there are sort of tacit rules, so like, no one bugs you, but it feels very vibrant." Alexandria is undeterred by the intrusive and talkative dining neighbors, and still tries to break up with Carrie. It doesn't go well:
Students at Multnomah University inspire their professor to be more than just a teacher.
We all know the cinematic trope: A teacher comes to a school and inspires his students not just to academic success, but to greatness and fulfillment and a better life. That story arc has created some of the most memorable movie moments from the students in “Dead Poets Society” standing on their desks and declaring “O Captain, My Captain!” or Edward James Olmos delivering a stirring speech to his students in “Stand And Deliver.” In this new clip from Portlandia, however, we see that sometimes it’s not the teachers who inspire change, it’s the students. Especially when it comes to progressive, practical students who just can’t stomach watching their sad sack teacher flounder in the trenches and eating limp American cheese sandwiches alone at their desk. Aim higher! Study marketing!
When it comes to parenting, sometimes it's better to trust your instincts over something you read in a book.
There’s no denying it: being a new parent is hard. That’s why so many new or simply frustrated parents turn to books for a bit of advice on how to get you through the rough patches (a.k.a. birth – age 18). While we can all agree that letting Candace and Toni watch your child is a risky choice, otherwise when it comes to parenting advice everything is completely contradictory. Every book is either telling you to let the kid cry it out or never ever let them cry. Are you going to be a helicopter parent or to let the kid rear himself? Are you a French-style parent determined to raise le bébé as if you lived in Paris or are you going to be a fearless Tiger Mom who never takes tears for an answer?
Not sure what parenting style best fits the needs of you and your family? Well, you’ll never know until you try them all and Portlandia is here to help. That’s right parents, help is here, so stick the kid in whatever vibrating bouncing swinging contraption will currently entertain the baby for three minutes and watch this clip
Choreographer Twyla Tharp said that art is the only way to run away without leaving home, and since no one would ever leave their homes in the wonderful city of Portlandia, they explore the outside world through art. There are artists all over the city of Portlandia. They are making jewelry, carving furniture, making bad art for good walls and so much more. But you wouldn’t expect artists in Portlandia to create average or typical art would you? No, artists in Portlandia make unconventional and unexpected art in the least likely of places. In the middle of a busy street, for example. If you go to a gallery opening and are just looking at what’s hanging on the walls, you’ll miss some of the best creations.
Are you tired of Red Vines and Junior Mints when you hit the local movie theater? Are you done with cardboard-y fake-butter soaked popcorn? Sick of Sprite? If so, there’s a new theater in Portlandia that you have to check out. They’ve replaced all those tired snacks with new, improved, artisanal snacks and, yes, it’s local. Try their popcorn that comes wrapped in a newspaper cone to infuse the food with the grittiness of the paper. Have one of their Italian sodas instead instead of a mass market corn syrup-based drink. It comes as part of a combo box, which also comes with an arugula salad, sun-dried grapes and salted ice cream. Hungry yet?
A group of Steampunks go on a mission to rescue one of their former members.
As you may recall, the Dream of the 1890s is alive in Portland. So obviously the residents of Portlandia are really into steampunk, which, in case you don’t know, Wikipedia helpfully defines as “a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.” Yeah, the dream of the 1890s is alive with the added kick of a brass steam engine.
Whether you’re a fan of the gnome race in World of War Craft, prone to watching “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” over and over again, or have Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” on repeat, steampunk has a lot to offer. Especially, if you don’t have a job. When steampunks aren’t re-enacting their favorite airship adventures, they are going to conventions (well, the steampunks that inhabit the world of Portlandia at least).
Making furniture. It's masculine and the ladies love it.
Last season Portlandia introduced the catchy song “She’s Making Jewelry Now” about a woman who had given up her day job, cashed out her 401k and followed her bead-filled dream to start making jewelry. Now, because we believe in gender equality and because we know that the desire to make something with your hands is universal, we introduce a man who is following a vision quest to its logical conclusion: homemade, hand-crafted, artisanal furniture. That’s right, he’s making furniture now. Watch as Fred Armisen picks up a power saw, chisel and Shop Vac and puts hand to wood to craft furniture the old-fashioned way. It’s the Dream of the 1890s, but it’s also just one man’s dream.
Dave and Kath struggle to get comfortable while dining outside.
There are a lot of things to love about the city of Portland: It’s eco-friendly, dog friendly, fashion friendly and just plain friendly. That said, the weather (especially in winter) can sometimes leave something to be desired:
Portland is a wonderful city that just happens to not see the sun very often, especially in winter and fall and sometimes spring, too. That doesn’t mean we don’t love the fair City of Roses, in fact all that rain is why it’s called the City of Roses. However, when the sun does come out, while we are happy to see Mother Nature shining down on us, it can be a bit daunting:
Between the choreography and the dancing, this is one of the gayest weddings we've ever seen.
Portlandia is the land of love and equal opportunity. However, like in every other municipality (except maybe Maine, but what happens there is between them and the moose) there are laws and those laws must be enforced. In this clip from Friday’s brand new episode from Portlandia’s third season, we see the strong arm of the law cracking down on violators. If gay weddings are going to be banned, they are going to be banned across the board. If same sex couples can’t have gay weddings, neither can heterosexual couples. It’s not politics or religion, it’s the law and it will be equally enforced.
The baristas of Portland are fed up and hold a secret, underground meeting to develop a coffee shop manifesto. Or, as Fred Armisen's character describes it, "a manifesto against customers and management." It's decided that the rules "need to protect us as the artists that we are," so that means things like "no chatter at the counter," "no bathroom use before you order," "no cellphones," and "no questions." The final list is briefly flashed — some of it is hard to make out — but below, the video, and the baristas' Coffee Shop Manifesto.
Watch The New York Times's Portlandia Live on Livestream.com.
Meet the three co-creators and co-writers of IFC’s original hit comedy series “Portlandia,” premiering its third season on January 4: stars Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) and director Jonathan Krisel (“Saturday Night Live,” “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”).
Hear them talk about the show, the characters and life in “Portlandia” with New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff.
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When splitting up the bill gets complicated, its time to call in the professionals.
Last night on Portlandia, out for an enormous birthday dinner at the tapas restaurant Oba, the group faced one of the most daunting issues facing Americans today: how to split the check. "We know a guy who handles these kinds of bills," says one of the people at the table who makes a phone call. Portland actor Robert Blanche (who's appeared on things like World Trade Center and Grimm) instantly arrives in a Ferrari to take care of the problem. He's a professional check-splitting fixer probably inspired by the Harvey Keitel/Winston Wolfe "cleaner" character from Pulp Fiction. In under a minute, he figures out who had wine, who were the vegetarians, the service charge, and then delivers everyone a dollar figure.
Also don't miss the great Spanish guitar dance from that episode, too.
During the season premiere of IFC’s Portlandia on Jan. 4, viewers may have been taken aback by a Geico ad—dubbed “Piglandia”—that looked a lot like the show while also spoofing one of the comedy program’s classic sketches.
Spike has a charity fundraising ball to fund take back MTV.
In which he (and we finally) meet all the major Foundation players who fund media like PBS and NPR such as Robert "Wood" Johnson and Anne E. Casey. And viewers like you! One of the funniest Portlandia bits ever!!!
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