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Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
Portlandia's series finale signals the death knell for hipster comedy
Hipster jokes are out and millennial jokes are in, says Jesse David Fox on the occasion of tonight's Portlandia series finale. Older people always make fun of younger people. For Portlandia, hipster jokes were a way for two members of Generation X, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, to mock younger Gen X-ers and older millennials -- the "Xennials" born in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Hipster jokes now have been replaced by millennial jokes as a new group of younger people have become the object of scorn. "Essentially, millennial jokes are what Gen-X jokes or baby boomer jokes were when those people were in their 20s," says Fox. "Hipster jokes were just a bridge, focusing on the group of young people on the border of two generations, young Gen-Xers and old millennials. It makes sense, then, that Portlandia was made by two true Gen-Xers making fun of the new youths they saw infiltrating their city. Now that it’s over, Portlandia, not unlike Laugh-In, will remain as a sort of time capsule for those between times." He adds: "Portlandia was the king of the once-mighty genre of hipster comedy, but like with skinny jeans, there is no longer a market for it. To quote one of the show’s most famous sketches: It’s over!"
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Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Portlandia was fundamentally an expression of the Obama era, which is why it had to end
“We should be clear about something: Portlandia was always going to end this year,” says William Hughes, “regardless of who won the big prize in 2016. (Eight seasons is a damn long run for any sketch series that isn’t Saturday Night Live.) But Trump’s victory still felt like a retroactive death knell for the show, a widespread political statement that that dream of the ’90s might be well and truly dead. Like some kind of beautiful but easily disturbed freshwater fish, Portlandia was a product of a dangerously hope-rich environment. And while it’ll be fascinating to see how well it can swim during this last batch of episodes, we can’t really blame it if it doesn’t get very far in a world where the chemicals it was born and bathed in—things like safety, equality, comfort, and, most especially, that Obama-propagated idea that ‘Things are going to be okay’—are suddenly in such drastically short supply.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Portlandia co-creators came to a “very organic decision” to end the series
"We just thought that we would like to have some sense of control over how to conclude the series as opposed to it getting away from us or getting canceled," Armisen said as he and Carrie Brownstein met the press for the final time. "We wanted to end the show while we all love doing it and have good feelings about it. It just seemed like the right time. And also, eight seasons is a lot... It was a very organic decision.” ALSO: Portlandia will have its first horse experience in Season 8.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Carrie Brownstein is developing Search and Destroy, a potential Hulu series based on her memoir
The Portlandia star is writing and directing the half-hour pilot loosely based on her 2015 memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl, about a young female musician growing up in the Pacific Northwest during the 1990s feminist punk movement.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 6:02PM EST
Portlandia takes on sexism in the workplace in the first preview of its final season
The IFC series is proving to be relevant as it preps to return in January.