'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein Talks Season 4, Binge-Watching TV, and the World's Next Sexiest Vegetable
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are back with another season of "Portlandia" (Thursdays at 10 p.m.) on IFC, and if the promise of more great guest stars — Nick Swardson, k.d. lang, Silas Weir Mitchell, Michael Nesmith, Tuck and Patti, Jeff Tweedy, Olivia Wilde, Kirstin Dunst, Vanessa Bayer, Jello Biafra, and the return of Steve Buscemi, Jason Sudeikis, and Kyle MacLachlan — isn't enough to lure you in, the return of Brownstein/Armisen character duos like feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace and "Battlestar Galactica" lovers Doug and Claire should do it.
And then there are new sketches like "The Celery Incident," a vegetable-themed noir spoof in Episode 3 of the new season, which, guaranteed, will become one of your instant favorites.
Star Brownstein shared some scoop on Season 4 with Yahoo TV, and told us about her own TV binge-watching habits, who's still on her "Portlandia" guest star wish list, and just how much time she and Armisen and the crew spend cracking each other up on set.
The line, "It's me, Marty, from Celery," may just be the funniest line of the whole TV season so far.
[Laughing] Oh, thanks. That's Buscemi. He's just amazing.
What inspired "The Celery Incident"?
In the writer's room, we were talking about this phenomenon of having vegetables come back into vogue. It feels like there was something conspiratorial about it, as if there was some kind of lobby that was secretly pushing their agenda onto the masses or doing back alley deals with restaurants or chefs, and somehow changing the landscape of popular cuisine. We started thinking of that. Then we started talking about the film and the play "Glengarry Glen Ross" and about personifying each of these vegetables, and what kind of person each vegetable would be represented by. Suddenly we had this very noir ish story that was kind of a thriller, sort of a John Grisham paean. We pay homage to him at the end.
It became very labyrinthine and outlandish. We had a lot of fun with it. The thing we're most proud of is that the core of it is this social commentary, and also these interesting relationships, but it really plays out as a thriller.
Watch "The Celery Incident" with Steve Buscemi:
It could be its own "Portlandia" episode.