Do you dream of living in a land where food trucks serve meals in reusable boxes, cyclists get respect at drive-thrus, and freegans forage free? That’s Portland for you — and a new IFC show called “Portlandia” both celebrates and spoofs the so-green-it’s-funny city.
“It’s like Gore won — The Bush administration never happened!” That’s how the idealism of Portland’s described in the opening musical sketch of “Portlandia.” And the nitpickiness of that green idealism’s spoofed in a restaurant scene where a pair of diners pepper the waiter with a battery of questions about the chicken they may or may not eat — “How big is the area that the chickens are able to roam free?” — before leaving the restaurant to visit the farm firsthand.
The show’s creating quite the buzz on the green blogosphere — especially among green bloggers who live in Portland. Cases in point:
- “Bikers, locavores, and just plain urbanites, quake in fear: Your lives are no longer safe from actually-funny satire,” writes Holly Richmond at Grist — before doing a series of comic sketch vs. real life comparisons of Portland’s culture.
- Ecotrope‘s Cassandra Profita was driven to confess her inqisitive eco-foodie habits. “So, now I have to admit I’ve grilled a few servers to that degree before ordering seafood. I stopped short of a visit to the actual fishing boat that caught the restaurant’s fish, but if I could’ve gone I probably would’ve.”
- GOOD‘s Taylor Clark giddily details the inside jokes non-Portlandians may not be privy to. “The [Portland] audience laughed riotously at “We Put Birds on Things,” the second episode of sketches featuring a motorist-abusing bike messenger and a television duo who specialize in stenciling birds on every kind of consumer product imaginable, yet for those who haven’t witnessed Portland’s belligerent cyclists and bird-obsessed indie crafters firsthand, I’m not sure how funny these bits will be.”
My fellow MNN blogger Robin Shreeves posted a preview of the show last month, but the first episode of “Portlandia” is now available online — at least for the next 10 hours or so. Watch it — and laugh at yourself — or not. The series premiers on IFC Friday night at 10:30 pm.