Portlandia Recap: “Farm”

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“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

“Farm” set the stage for the theme of IFC’s new six-part series Portlandia: Come to Portland, where everybody is super-cool with coffeehouse jobs, where your lunch comes with its own resume, where people have obscure hobbies and interests and expensive bicycles and six-dollar lattes and the freedom to summon clowns and jugglers and the freedom do whatever they want whenever they want, YEAH! Don’t make the mistake I did and start wondering how all these people pay their bills, only to spiral down into a bitterly jealous depression. But that’s Portlandia — a magical place where you can stylishly start…slacking.

I should mention that I am an east coast girl to the core and have never been to Portland, so even though I went into this being a fan of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s online

Carrie Brownstein really shines in this show. Her understated attitude and modest smartassery make her a perfect foil to Armisen’s technology-obsessed, socially conscious-obsessed, and overly analytical characters. But the thing that makes it funny and inviting, even to a non-Portland resident, is that these two are real friends having a good time in front of a camera. They’re not begging or even asking us to laugh — they’re just supporting and riffing off each other, which gives the show its energy.

“Farm” follows Fred and Carrie as they play a picky organic-happy couple about to order chicken at a restaurant, only to venture to the farm where he (he as in Colin the chicken) was raised. SNL’s Jason Sudeikis plays the head farmer and probably cult leader Aliki who brainwashes the couple and makes a dress appear on Fred’s character — hilariously creeptastic! Steve Buscemi also makes an appearance in another scene where Fred and Carrie play Candace and Toni, the Megh Wright is a writer, TV addict, and Harrisburg native. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and is a Gawker TV contributor.