IFC’s Portlandia Puts City of Roses in the Spotlight

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein star in IFC's Portlandia, credit: Scott Green/IFC

The Oregonian posted an article Tuesday afternoon about how to become part of IFC’s hit series, Portlandia. Not only can you appear as an extra or background actor for the television show but so can your artwork.

The second season of the short-based comedy series still pokes fun at Portland, OR, its inhabitants, and culture. According to reporter Kristi Turnquist at The Oregonian, the show’s art department is in search for the following items, “original paintings; large format photos, hand crafts; custom shirts; fashion accessories; local products; band posters; and ‘All Things Portland.’”

Apply to be an extra on Portlandia, Credit: ifc.com

Oregonians love Portlandia so much that Oregon Episcopal School’s graduating class of 2011 invited the star of the series, Fred Amisten, to give their commencement speech a few weeks ago. In the beginning of June, the Portland Tribune reported that “contracts were made, Armisen agreed and ‘Portlandia’ meets OES at 7:30p.m. Friday, June 10, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral as the seniors bid goodbye to the Southwest Portland private school.”

Fred Armisen hugs graduate at OES, Courtesy of OES

The Tigard Times reported that Armisen advised the seniors to “be around people who make them laugh.” He added that “you don’t have to be defined by your work. You will naturally gravitate to things that will make you happy.”

The Eugene Registar-Guard also wrote about the show after it was renewed for ten additional episodes last February. They stated, “the show has hit a sweet spot with the coveted 18-to-49 set with its goofball comedy and parade of hot-list guest stars.”

Jason Sudeikis (SNL) guest stars in Portlandia, Credit: qpdx.com

Fans have been flocking to social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter to join in on the show’s success and to promote the City of Roses. @ifcportlandia’s latest post on Twitter gives readers links and more information about casting saying, “Put yourself in #Portlandia. Now casting EXTRAS!” Facebook user Ben Lipsey posted on Portlandia’s page ways for residents to get the exterior and/or interior of their houses involved in filming.

The show’s success has definitely given Portland more than fifteen minutes of fame. For additional information about casting for next season click here. As the show’s main characters Carrie and Fred would say, “Put A Bird On It.”

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