Portlandia at the Showbox

Portlandia on tour in Seattle

Who are those fuzzy people? Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and Kyle Maclachlan.

Once the Christmas presents are unwrapped and candy wrappers strewn all over the house, the only thing people are left needing is sarcasm. And belly laughs. And to get out of said house. Lucky for us in Seattle, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have been happy to oblige.

Promoting their show’s second season (which premiers Jan. 6), the two Portlandia creators, writers, and actors made a tour stop at Seattle’s Showbox on Wednesday. They showed preview clips, rocked some live numbers, and introduced a couple of “celebrity” guests.

While the event was based largely on audience participation (psst, not Seattle’s strong suit in late December, guys), it still managed to entertain.

Not to mention, Season 2 looks super promising.

Highlights:

Musical number – “The dream of the 1890s”: Beards!

Musical number – “She’s making jewelry now”: So true it’s brilliant.

The feminist book store women dishing love advice with Dan Savage, who looked uncharacteristically nervous

Slideshows from Fred and Carrie’s childhoods

A debate with Kyle Maclachlan (in character as Portland’s mayor) over Portland’s legitimacy as a city. Upon Maclachlan’s surprise entrance, a man in the crowd shouted over and over, “BLUE VELVET!”

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