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The first time that I saw an episode of PORTLANDIA it was after getting a heads up about it from a friend on Facebook. The IFC original comedy series was officially premiering on the network that week, but the debut episode was already up for free viewing online (we were actually going to embed the episode back then, but the screener was only temporary and set to expire). I can’t remember who it was that posted the link and I can’t remember exactly what they had to say about the show, but I do remember that they were encouraging others to watch it and, although they were very general in their statements, they explained that the show was parodying some very specific Portland and Pacific Northwest tendencies. My response was a half-joking inquiry about if the whole show as about organic foods/free range chickens and bicyclists. I watched it. It actually was.
Living in Seattle and not traveling anywhere near to the amount that I used to in my yoot, it’s easy to forget that the rest of the country can be so much different than out here. This is especially true after moving from a place like Olympia, which falls in between both Seattle and Portland but has an even higher concentration of co-op, anti-corporate protest, DIY, organic farm, ethics and attitudes; without the contrast of the businessmen and right wing types that inevitably mingle throughout and co-exist in it’s larger metropolitan neighbors. Portland and Seattle have Whole Foods and PCC, while Olympia primarily just has small legitimate co-ops that don’t have CEOs behind them. Some people in Seattle still don’t know what quinoa is (incidentally, neither does spell check). Good luck going to potluck in Oly that doesn’t have at least one dish with “hippie grits” in it. You can still get butter on your popcorn in these cities instead of simply brewer’s yeast. So, I forget to what degree that Portland and where I live in Seattle are still so heavily liberal, earthy, slim pants, and hip. Then, occasionally, every ridiculous cliche can collapse in on itself around you and everything becomes painfully and hilariously absurd again. But would anyone outside of the area even get the references or give a shit? On the other hand, maybe the only people that would laugh at this show were the folks that didn’t live in the immediate area at all. It didn’t take long before an answer regarding the level of universality for the program came; within a couple of weeks everyone seemed to be instructing each other to “Put a Bird on It“.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo
Written/created by and starring the duo of musician-turned-comedian-turned-fake musician/parody, Fred Armisen (SNL) and indie music hero-turned-NPR blogger-turned-actor/comedian, Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), PORTLANDIA has managed to find the perfect formula to not only make it successful, but to springboard itself prominently into the public consciousness within an extremely short period of time. That distinct intersection of corporate metropolis and new age, hipster, and slacker ideologies that is created in a city like Portland is what helps to put a fine point on every commentary and skit featured on the program. This is because there is generally at least one person reacting and/or in opposition to whatever’s being presented in the skit and it’s that conflict of personalities that often makes the show interesting. The other major factor that makes PORTLANDIA so successful is the credibility. Brownstein is a well-known fixture of the Northwest city and there’s an added dimension to the commentary when there’s a clear affection for the environment that they’re taking shots at, versus a malicious assault by outsiders. It’s the same reason that Les Claypool‘s satirical view of the jamband scene in his film Electric Apricot worked so well, because he’s an insider, but an objective one that sees things from all angles.
The 2nd season of the highly-successful IFC sketch comedy program airs on January 6th and the duo will even be heading out on select show dates for a sold out live tour, beginning at the end of this month and following throughout January. For those who are huge fans of the program, know huge fans of the program, or simply want to catch up before the new season starts, the first season of PORTLANDIA will see a release date for both a DVD and a BLU-RAY/DVD combo format on DECEMBER 6th,; just in time for the holidays and a month before the debut of season 2. Thanks to our friends at MVD ENTERTAIMENT GROUP, we’ve been provided with 2 copies of the BLU-RAY/DVD pack for giveaway. That means we will be choosing 2 different winners. (enter below).
PORTLANDIA BLU-RAY/DVD [2 copies/2 winners]
- All SIX Season One Episodes on BLU-RAY
- All SIX Season One Episodes on DVD
- Guest stars include: Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Adams (Portland Mayor), Selma Blair, Steve Buscemi, Heather Graham, Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan, Aubrey Plaza, Gus Van Sant and Jason Sudeikis.
- Bonus features include extended & deleted scenes, bloopers, Fred Armisen’s speech to Oregon Episcopal School graduates, original
ThunderAnt videos from which Portlandia spawned, and commentary with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstien and director Jonathan Krisel (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) over six episodes. There’s also a preview of what’s in store for the second season
THE CONTEST / GIVEAWAY:
*2 separate winners will receive a copy of the PORTLANDIA Blu-Ray/DVD Pack
(full product details above)
HOW TO ENTER:
Since we have 2 copies available for giveaway this time, we’re also providing 2 separate ways to enter.
Since the “Put a bird on it” sketch is, arguably, one of the most recognizable bits from Portlandia, we’re asking you to answer the following question: “What is one thing that should either definitely have a bird put on it or definitely should NOT have a bird placed on it and for what purpose and/or reason?“
While working as a barista in Seattle, I had some young -clearly more financially stable than I- kid come in, blocking the paying customer line, with hopes of speaking to the manager about automobiles in the area. More than simply pro-bikes, he had a proposal to eliminate all cars from the high-traffic streets around the shop (a block away from the freeway entrance), altogether. Happily delusional, he thought the coffee shop could assist these policy changing efforts and, when I told him that I was gonna have to get a car soon because we were having a baby and that I’d need to drive to the hospital, doctor’s appointments, etc. he asked if I didn’t just have a neighbor that would let me use their car and why all of the neighbors -whom I’ve never even met- didn’t all just share one vehicle in my neighborhood.
In the same manner that each skit in Portlandia attempts to epitomize a specific, real life character profile that genuinely exists in the area that it represents, your job is to think of a real life situation that you’ve experienced which you feel adequately epitomizes the area of the country and/or city that you live in.
Post your answer in the comment section below.
There is no part 3. That’s all there is to the contest. It’s pretty easy… but you should probably read the fine print.
The Fine Print:
All entries must be received by Tuesday December 6th at 11:59 pm to be eligible.
U.S. Residents only.
You can enter as many times as you want but, use a valid email so that we can contact you.
Winner’s will be chosen arbitrarily, based on our personal “favorite”, so try to be clever and/or interesting.
If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen.
[If you have any intentions to post comments asking us to pick you, or asking when the winner will be announced… how about, just don’t do it? It’s pretty fucking obnoxious and it won’t help your chances.]