If you see TV cameras while staggering between MusicfestNW
venues tonight, give 'em your most disaffected sneer: Portlandia, the IFC improvisational comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein,
will be shooting incidental footage at MFNW over the next several days.
At a mini-junket luncheon today at Besaw's, Armisen (the Saturday Night Live
Obama impersonator) and Brownstein (the Sleater-Kinney guitar goddess turned actress) told a macaroni-munching scrum of media that Portlandia
is shooting an episode revolving around a citywide music festival similar to oh-you-know-what, but with a different name.
The episode, which shoots next week, will include a touring indie-rock supergroup played by The Shins' James Mercer, The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, and Corin Tucker.
Other disclosures from today's group interview: Guest stars on the 19-day shoot have included Selma Blair, Gus Van Sant, Steve Buscemi and Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza
(playing a Portland State University student trying to pick up some supplies at In Other Words). Portlandia
has shot a skit in Mayor Sam Adams' office, where Adams played an assistant to the mayor, played by Kyle MacLachlan.
It's a strange world.
UPDATE, 5:01 pm:
I learned on the Portlandia
set that, while shooting his episode several weeks ago, Kyle MacLachlan envisioned his mayoral character as "jealous that Portland doesn't have a baseball team
and Seattle has a baseball team, so he asks Fred and Carrie to help him get a baseball team," according to a series producer. John Canzano imitates art!
Image of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in character courtesy of thunderant.com.