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Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

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Take one indie-rock icon and one SNL ace, put them together, and what do you get? Sketch comedy gold, a send-up of bourgeois bohemia that is as perfectly crafted as a hand-crocheted Etsy tea cozy. The targets of Portlandia are almost too easy, but Brownstein and Armisen never settle for cheap laughs, pushing their send-ups of feminist bookshop owners, bearded baristas, bike activists, and locavore foodie zealots past the obvious into the realm of the zanily surreal. The dream of the Nineties is alive!

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