It had to happen: ‘Portlandia’ spoofs Austin

Update: You can now watch all of Fred Armisen’s trip to Austin online (provided you have the proper cable provider). If you’re living off the cable grid and still need to know how else “Portlandia” poked fun at the City of the Violet Crown, the A.V. Club’s review can fill you in.

On a related note, IFC put together their own list of “10 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Austin.” It’s full of the usual suspects — bats, Whole Foods, Alamo Drafthouse — but also kind of hits the nail on the head about our city being “packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs” that keep Austin weird.

Earlier: Portland: the Austin of the West Coast. They love coffee, they love beer, they love bikes, they stole our weird slogan. Since the world can’t stop comparing our two cities, it was only a matter of time before Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of “Portlandia” set their satirical sights on our humble burg.

(Courtesy of IFC)

(Courtesy of IFC)

The IFC comedy, which recently returned for its sixth season, takes Armisen to Texas in the third episode, “Shville.” From the episode’s summary: “Fred wants to do something big with his life so he moves to Austin.”

Let’s just say that in the “Portlandia” version of Austin, the mayor doesn’t quite look like Steve Adler. Watch a clip called “Welcome to Austin” below.

In the clip, Austin’s fictional mayor — who looks an awful lot like Kinky Friedman had a baby with Kyle MacLachlan, the fictional mayor of Portland — helps Armisen tell the difference between an uncool neighborhood (strollers, intimidating cats) and a cool neighborhood. A cool neighborhood, the mayor explains, features cameos from local businesses like Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors; record stores End of an Ear and Waterloo Records; and bars Barton Springs Saloon, Gibson Street Bar and G&S Lounge, whose owner apparently went to high school with Iggy Pop.

If being cool is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. to find out how else the show deflates our citywide ego.

Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to the actor who plays the mayor of Austin as Kyle Chandler. It’s Kyle McLachlan. We had “Friday Night Lights” on the brain, as usual.

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