Just when I thought there was no hipster stereotype left unskewered on Portlandia, they went after mixologists and home pickling on the season 2 premiere last night.
IFC’s hit starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen has been making a buzz around the Web for its tidbits of sketch comedy that are shareable, easy to watch, and hit the nail on the head in grasping what makes hipsters everywhere, and Portland residents in particular, tick.
The new episode opens with our fearless pair pickling everything from eggs to a broken high-heeled shoe. Guess if you can’t put a bird on it, you can pickle it. Or maybe you can put a bird on it – and then pickle it. I’ll admit to having friends whose cupboards are a rainbow of pickled delights from the farmers market. These friends all live in Brooklyn.
But I digress. All that pickling must have made Carrie and Fred thirsty, because soon they are hanging out at a new bar, where their mixologist, played by Andy Samberg, creates a special concoction for Carrie:
“That is a ginger-based bourbon drink infused with honey lemon and chard ice. Then building off of that base, we’ve got cherry tomato, lime zest. I actually made the bitters myself at home. We’ve got egg whites, eggshell, egg yellows. Rotten banana.”
I’d probably drink that. But sadly, their cocktails are shortlived; Andy is on his way out of Portland, moving to the mysterious land of SoCal. Being an Angeleno, my favorite part of the episode is when they show the map of California and don’t mark L.A. – just “downtown SoCal.” A flurry of LA stereotypes get the hit this time around – the big club, no public transportation, and the theme chain restaurant.
Tubing, our favorite lesbian bookstore (Women & Women First), and summer camp songs also get their due on the first episode. If last night’s show is any indication, we can look forward to seeing some old friends, some special guest stars, and some deep insight into the anthropology of the Pacific Northwest in the new season.
But how long can the joke go on? Will making fun of hipsters ever get old? Tell us what you want to see made fun of on Portlandia in the comments below.
If you missed it, catch the new episode online.
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