Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Night Humor: Portlandia

Some of the skits go on too long, but I find this show awfully funny.

14 comments:

Evan Lewis said...

I've heard a lot of praise for this show, and as a Portlander with a twisted sense of humor, I expected to like it. Tried an episode, though, and it delivered only about 30 seconds of smiles. The rest was tiresome and dumb. I'll take your word for it, though, and try another.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Haven't watched it yet. Carrie used to be in the band Sleater-Kinney and now is in Wild Flag-a very good all female band.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Much like SNL, it is uneven. And maybe living in Portland would dilute the humor. But laughs are getting harder to come by on TV so I persevere.

Margot Kinberg said...

Thanks, Patti. I admit; this isn't a show I was familiar with before! There are a few really funny bits here.

Jerry House said...

Haven't been able to get into this one. The few shows I've seen pale in comparision to The Onion News Network just preceding it.

Chris Rhatigan said...

Ohhhh, I love this show. And this sketch started it all for me. So deadly accurate.

Chris Rhatigan said...

For me at least, it's riskier and weirder than SNL.

Todd Mason said...

Anyone who resists animation is missing at least three of the best comedy series for adults now, in ARCHER (FX), THE VENTURE BROS. (Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network), and FUTURAMA (new episodes on Comedy Central, and widely syndicated in repeats). Though even THE SIMPSONS isn't quite as tired as SNL. PORTLANDIA (IFC) I can take or leave, and I like TODD MARGARET slightly better, though it definitely tends to run its primary joke into the ground. I'd like the ONION show a little better if it took a bit more of a stand, though it's solid in its mockery of how news is presented on television.

Deb said...

I've never liked Fred Armisen on SNL, so was not convinced that this would be the show for me--and a few minutes into the skit, I felt sure I was right. Both of them just seem so smug, like they know they're the smartest people in the room.

/Would much rather watch THE SIMPSONS in syndication--and their 500th episode next Sunday night.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, there is some of that.

Al Tucher said...

I haven't seen Portlandia, but a radio spot I heard while commuting almost made me drive off the road. It had to do with the Allergy Pride Parade. "Here comes the Lactose Intolerant Caucus!"

That vignette reminded me of our dicussion of Woody Allen, whose comedies also get a lot of mileage out of people with small problems taking them way too seriously

pattinase (abbott) said...

That was a particularly good skit.

PutAPlaneOnIt said...

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pattinase (abbott) said...

That is hysterical. Living in Detroit, I would suggest you put a car on it.