‘Portlandia’ Could Be an Adjective To Describe Something That Was Awkward, Carrie Brownstein Shares

by Jeremy Spirogis
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of Portlandia

Comedian/musician Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia lately shared that the present state of madness is becoming to what the characters would have skilled on the present.

The IFC sketch comedy spoofed hipster life in Portland, Oregon bringing phrases like “artisanal” to the forefront. Brownstein and comic Fred Armisen created and starred within the cult hit sequence, which ran from 2011 till 2018.

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of Portlandia
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of Portlandia | Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

While Brownstein is glad the present went out on a excessive word, she admittedly misses writing the sequence, particularly amid a time of surreal turmoil. “I miss the absurdist lens through which to process phenomena and just the world,” she mentioned on the Life is Short with Justin Long podcast.

“And I think now more than ever, or I mean, I think [the show] functioned in the same way then but sometimes, things feel so outrageous, that absurdity or surrealism are the only ways to make sense of it,” she continued. “Because coming at it straight on is impossible because it feels like such a Bizarro World, especially with Trump and everything. So, yeah, I miss that a little bit. And just dissecting the minutiae of things was fun.”

‘Portlandia’ could possibly be an adjective

Brownstein added that the sequence virtually grew to become a describer for something awkward. “I feel the way in which we dissected these very small human blunders or interactions did change into, I imply, for some time, Portlandia was this adjective that individuals used once they have been attempting to explain one thing that was awkward,” she mentioned.

Adding {that a} scenario that might begin out as grounded,”felt very insane, which just about any interplay will be.”

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Brownstein additionally addressed how the present explored race. “One thing that I like about Portlandia, I guess, is that it never took whiteness as a default. It actually was a show that really explored, I think. It didn’t take the category of white people as like, ‘Well, this is the norm.’ It was like, there is some really weird sh*t here to figure out. And I think part of that was because Fred is not white. And I’m coming at it as I am white, but I’m queer.”

Lance got here from Brownstein’s ‘broken versions of masculinity’

Armisen and Brownstein performed a slew of characters on the sequence, together with breakout characters Lance and Nina. Brownstein took on Lance, whereas Armisen reworked into Nina. Brownstein informed Rolling Stone Lance was considered one of her favourite characters to play on the sequence.

“There’s just things we do as women to behave as women, like crossing your legs … you just feel like you need to take up less space in the room,” she mentioned. “When I performed Lance, I noticed that I felt an inherent proper to take up area in a room. That freedom, that practising of confidence and of unapologetic personhood … I’ll miss that, despite the fact that his model of masculinity isn’t what I might say is advanced. But it was fascinating to discover.”

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Brownstein informed with host Justin Long she isn’t fairly certain the place the characters are primarily based. “So, Nina and Lance, I’m not sure who specifically they were based on,” she admits. “But I think for me playing Lance, I was just drawing from my own heightened versions of, and probably broken versions of masculinity. And I’m not sure about Fred but yeah, it was often, we would just think of our most beloved friends and just try to explore them through humor.”

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