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It’s somewhat surprising that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have yet to properly razz the tiny house movement considering that they’ve, with critical acclaim and not-too-shabby ratings, managed to squeeze five cable television seasons out of a single joke. And that joke is Portland, Oregon.

And, of course, Portland, a lovely town that’s incredibly easy to lampoon through surrealistic sketch comedy, has its fair share of dainty dwellings (and to some controversy, a growing number of micro-apartment developments). It’s not quite the epicenter of the tiny house movement — that title would belong to Sonoma County — but it’s the only city that I know of that boasts a tiny house hotel and a pair of tin can-sided “witches’ cottages.”

In the forthcoming episode of “Portlandia,” a show that’s previously skewered overzealous recyclers and raw vegan eateries among other things, Armisen and Brownstein don their finest Value Village attire and cut through the uber-romanticized wee-house chatter to address the myriad joys discomforts of living in a space with limited square footage: perpetually in-the-way loft ladders, a lack of privacy, the issue of cat litter box storage, that moment when you have to use your partner’s back as a cutting board because there’s nowhere else to slice your toast.  

It’s worth noting that 90-second sketch was filmed, go figure, at Caravan, the aforementioned tiny house hotel — more of an urban campground composed of a half-dozen for-hire micro-dwellings, really — located in Northeast Portland. The house that Armisen and Brownstein take up residence in (or at least the one that they stand in front of during the exterior shots) is dubbed Kangablue, a “traditionally designed 170 square foot tiny house” built in 2014 by Australia native Benn Kovco.

Like the rest of the diminutive digs at Caravan, you can stay in Kangablue for $125 per night. It's fully functional (read: running water and free Wifi) and equipped with all the amenities you’d expect to find in a conventional hotel room: blow dryer, coffee maker, bathrobes, fresh bed linens and an assortment of teeny-tiny soaps and shampoos.

The tiny house pictured in this mock real estate listing — which actually kind of reads as being half-serious — is the “funky,” salvaged material-heavy Skyline.

Episode eight of "Portlandia" season five, which includes the "Microhouse" bit and guest stars Steve Buscemi, airs tomorrow night, Thursday February 26, at 10 pm ET/PT on IFC.

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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