Portlandia is a sketch comedy television series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon. Set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon, the show stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. The show is produced by Andrew Singer, Lorne Michaels and David Allen Cress for Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions. It was created by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, along with Jonathan Krisel, who directs it. It debuted on IFC on January 21, 2011. The show shares its title with the sculpture of the same name that sits above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland, which appears in the show's title sequence.
Production for the first season began in 2010. Along with Allison Silverman, a former head writer and executive producer for The Colbert Report, and Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel, Armisen and Brownstein wrote the sketches that appear in the first six episodes. Lorne Michaels served as executive producer. The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in various roles. Guest stars include: Kirsten Dunst; Olivia Wilde; Selma Blair; Chloë Sevigny; Roseanne Barr; Steve Buscemi; Aimee Mann; Sarah McLachlan; Brownstein's Sleater-Kinney bandmate, Janet Weiss; KD Lang; Angel Bouchet; Heather Graham; Michael Nesmith; Aubrey Plaza; Kumail Nanjiani; Jason Sudeikis; Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam; J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.; Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age; Gus Van Sant; Tim Robbins; Martina Navratilova; Jeff Goldblum; Joanna Newsom; Annie Clark; Jack White; and Kyle MacLachlan as a fictional mayor of Portland. Actual Portland mayor Sam Adams is also featured as an assistant to the mayor. Another episode, including a fictionalized music festival similar to Portland's actual MusicfestNW, featured a rock band played by Colin Meloy and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists; James Mercer of The Shins; Brownstein's Sleater-Kinney bandmate, Corin Tucker; and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.
Now in its 7th season, the show has received positive reviews from television critics. Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times called the show "funny and charming." Verne Gay of Newsday awarded the series an "A" grade and called it "hilarious". He noted that "Brownstein and Armisen move so effortlessly between characters, then execute their riffs, tics, styles and voices with such skilled abandon that before long this doesn't seem like satire any longer but a fun house mirror reflection of intensely real people." Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is a fan of the show. In a 2014 interview he said, "I think that's the best comedy on TV right now, and it's easily one of the best comedies of all time".
Awards and nominations:
Portlandia won a Peabody Award in 2011 "for its good-natured lampooning of hipster culture, which hits the mark whether or not you’re in on the joke."
Portlandia won an Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or Special.
Portlandia was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Former Portland mayor Sam Adams (2009 to 2012) also appeared on the show and proclaimed January 21, 2011, Portlandia Day.
For the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, the show received nominations for:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Fred Armisen,
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series for Jonathan Krisel, and
I have been honored to have my artwork featured on numerous television shows. As a part-time resident of Portland, Oregon, I am especially honored to have my artwork featured on this brilliant and hilarious show!
Here "Cheers" is seen in the opening episode of season 7:
Continue to keep an eye out for more of my artwork on Portlandia, and please let me know if you see it!
Cheers Artwork by Natasha Bacca unique chromogenic photogram 10" x 8"
This original piece is in the collection of Fair View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.
A 20" x 16" canvas giclee print is also in the collection of Cox Canyon Vineyards, Ellensburg, WA.
My wine series was also featured in the Italian Magazine Wine Pass. See the feature here.