Carrie Brownstein made a name for herself as part of the defunct band, Sleater-Kinney. Currently she stars on IFC’s “Portlandia” beside “Saturday Night Live” star Fred Armisen. The sketch show is set and filmed in Portland, on a budget of less than $1 million each season. Though the idea began as sketches for the Internet, the show was quickly developed and one of IFC’s most successful shows to date.
Brownstein recently told The New York Times that the show is heavily influenced by “Kids in the Hall,” an HBO sketch show from the early 90s. She shared that she use to watch it "repeatedly and incessantly, in the same way one would play a song over and over", according to The New York Times. In her eyes, the shows share a number of similar themes. "[Both shows touch on] some pretty trenchant portrayals of interpersonal dynamics: fathers and sons, husbands and wives, office co-workers," Brownstein said.
“Saturday Night Live” icon Lorne Michaels produced “Kids in the Hall” that was not as popular on air as it is with the cult following today. “Portlandia” on the other hand has seen nothing but an increase in ratings over the past year. Currently in its second season, it doesn’t hurt when you have a popular SNL comedian leading the way.
Armisen is known for playing just about any nationality or style of character on the famous sketch show. Today he is one of the most respected SNL cast members on the show. Brownstein has quite the following herself as leader of one of indie rock’s reputable bands.
“Portlandia” returns Jan. 6 at 10 p.m ET on IFC.