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ReCap: Kyle MacLachlan chats with “Portlandia” fans on IFC SYNC

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On “Portlandia,” Kyle MacLachlan plays the energetic and affable Mayor, who tasks Fred and Carrie with missions to better the community and sometimes takes off on his own creative endeavors. Above all, the Mayor is cool, hip and open with the public. Last Friday night, “Portlandia” fans got to find out that in the case of Kyle MacLachlan and his character, fantasy isn’t too far from reality.

Joining IFC’s weekly live chat during the premiere of the episode “No Olympics,” MacLachlan talked with fans about his passion for Portland, his experience working on the show, “Twin Peaks,” “Dune” and pretty much everything else the crowd asked him. For those who couldn’t participate, the questions the fans asked and Kyle’s replies are posted below. Be sure to catch the Season Two finale of “Portlandia” this Friday at 10/9c, when the Mayor embarks on his greatest adventure yet in “Brunch Village.”


As a native of Portland, I’m always curious to know what others think of my home town. Your thoughts?

Kyle MacLachlan: Love it! I’m from Yakima and my grandparents lived across the water in Vancouver. We visited a lot when we were kids. Loved the moss, didn’t really dig the paper mill.

Love you on the show. How did you come to be on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: The mad team of Fred, Carrie and Jon made me an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Are you as positive as your character in person?

Kyle MacLachlan: Pretty much.

Kyle, what’s your favorite kind of donut? Are you a cinnamon man?

Kyle MacLachlan: Always liked a maple bar.

Do you and David Lynch still talk?

Kyle MacLachlan: Frequently. And drink coffee.

You have a great singing voice, do you have any experience singing?

Kyle MacLachlan: You are too kind…I did study in college. As you could tell that was a looooooong time ago.

What characteristics do you and Mr. Mayor share?

Kyle MacLachlan: We’re both positive to the point of nausea :-)

Kyle, what is it about the Pacific Northwest you find so inspiring?

Kyle MacLachlan: I love the friendly people.

When are we going to see some Mayor action figures with detachable Mayor-Capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m on it!

Mayor, may I put a bird on you?

Kyle MacLachlan: Already got one, thanks!

Have you started shooting your new movie with Drake Doremus yet? “Like Crazy” was great!

Kyle MacLachlan: I love Drake! I worked on it last year. He’s a really cool and talented guy.

What is your favorite section of Powell’s Books?

Kyle MacLachlan: The top.

If you ever became a pro wrestler, would Kyle “The Mayor” MacLachlan be your name?

Kyle MacLachlan: That would be awfully long…maybe MacAttack!

What’s your favorite Beatles album?

Kyle MacLachlan: White or Pepper.

Did Josie ever escape from the drawer knob?

Kyle MacLachlan: Gosh I hope so!

Carrie Brownstein or Carrie Bradshaw?

Kyle MacLachlan: How about just “Carrie” ?

Do you miss eating at Miners?

Kyle MacLachlan: I always stop by when I head down to Walla Walla…that’s a two hour meal!

Got any tips on how to strengthen my core?

Kyle MacLachlan: Eat more apples..?

Will we ever see you at the Twin Peaks Festival? Sheryl and Ray were there last year. It would cause many heart attacks.

It would be fun to come up. I’ll bring my paddles.

What do you do for exercise?

Kyle MacLachlan: Golf.

Mr. Mayor… Smiths fan?

Kyle MacLachlan: Meat is Murder.

Should they remake “Dune”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Who would play Sting’s part?!

I moved to the east coast and get my best friend to mail me Tillamook cheese…Do you love Tillamook cheese?

Kyle MacLachlan: My first ever visit to a cheese factory was in Tillamook Washington…yes, I am that nerdy.

I’m originally from Yakima as well :) Do you still have family in the area?

Kyle MacLachlan: My Stepmom. I lost my Dad last May.

Let me guess, you own an iPhone.

Kyle MacLachlan: BB.

What inspired you to get into the wine business?

Kyle MacLachlan: Lots of falling down.

Paper or plastic?

Kyle MacLachlan: Naugahyde.

Did the real mayor of Portland give you any inside tips?

Kyle MacLachlan: Keep a red ball handy at all times.

Have you kept in touch with any of your fellow “Twin Peaks” natives?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not really, sadly. Just David Lynch.

Do you enjoy working with the real mayor of Portland? He seems to be having fun.

Kyle MacLachlan: Very much, and he’s a good sport.

As Mayor of Portland, did you know the ear from “Blue Velvet” is housed at Movie Madness on Belmont in SE?

Kyle MacLachlan: Of course! …..it is?

Who is your favorite sports team?

Kyle MacLachlan: Seahawks. I like football.

Do you now own a wardrobe of capes?

Kyle MacLachlan: In fact…no. But I did dress up as Dracula for Halloween when I was 8 or 9. Capes become very important for boys between 5 and 9.

What are your real feelings about the Olympics?

Kyle MacLachlan: I’m an Olympic junkie! Love them!

What drew you to this show? You play the mayor so well!

Kyle MacLachlan: I was asked to join by Fred and Carrie. How could I say no with the chance to work with such talented people.

What kind of beer do you like?

Kyle MacLachlan: All kinds! I remember drinking Lucky Lager when I was in Yakima, and Rainier and Olympia. The Northwest has come a long way from those days! I did love the stubby bottle though…

What is the link between “Twin Peaks” and “Portlandia” (Seattle/Portland)? It’s ironic because Dale Cooper loved Seattle.

Kyle MacLachlan: The spice.

Would you ever consider being a mayor? If so, where and why?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not my ‘cup of joe’…so to speak.

Do you take your coffee black?

Kyle MacLachlan: As midnight on a moonless night? No…I fortify it ;-)

What’s your favorite band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmmm. My first album was The Doobie Brothers…”Captain and Me.” You always remember your first!

Mayor, do you have a lava lamp? If so what color?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never had one. Might brighten up the office though. Good suggestion!

What is your favorite shooting location in Portland?

Kyle MacLachlan: City Hall is pretty cool. Love the building.

Will we ever see the Mayor in Women and Women First Bookstore?

Kyle MacLachlan: I hope so!

How many of your lines are improv?

Kyle MacLachlan: All of ‘em!

What would be your first mayoral decree?

Kyle MacLachlan: Less rain.

Do you plan on doing anymore work with David Lynch in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Nothing planned at the moment. Now we just drink coffee.

Kyle, how soon before you have to solve a murder mystery on Portlandia? The world needs more Coop.

Kyle MacLachlan: I’ll check with the director, see if he has any ideas…something under a bridge maybe?

Mr Mayor, Is there a back up plan in the event the tattoo ink does indeed run dry?

Kyle MacLachlan: Not yet…let me get Sam on that straight away.

Which has been more fun, “Twin Peaks” or “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Hmm…good question. There was a mystery to Cooper that I really enjoyed along with his quirky enthusiasm(which the Mayor shares I think!). Maybe the Mayor is Cooper in disguise!

Were you ever offered a role on ‘The X-Files’?

Kyle MacLachlan: Never asked to be on the show. Loved it, though!

Any chance we’ll be seeing a Portland-themed reggae album from The Mayor in the future?

Kyle MacLachlan: Need to get into the studio with Fred!

Favorite Reggae band?

Kyle MacLachlan: Bob Marley & the Wailers.

What is the best part, as an actor, of working on “Portlandia”?

Kyle MacLachlan: Six words…Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jon Krisel!

What questions do you have for the people behind “Portlandia”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Learn About Oregon History with “Portlandia”

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When Travis “Leather Britches” Lewis and Britney “Jerky Breath” Clark stepped off the plane in Seaside, Oregon in 1947, they knew they had discovered something amazing: The Great Pacific Lake, which they would soon mine for Unobtainium for their patron James Cameron. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Keeping all your Oregon history facts straight is really hard. Luckily in last night’s episode of “Portlandia” Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein did us all a favor by engaging in America’s second favorite past time, historical reenactment. (America’s first favorite past time is mocking “American Idol.”) In this sketch, Lewis & Clark teach a group of excited high school students about some of the highlights of Oregon history with a little help from Sacajawea:

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“Portlandia” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

“Portlandia” Live Chat with Kyle Maclachlan Tonight

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Tune in to tonight’s penultimate episode of Portlandia’s second season, because it is the penultimate episode and you should savor every brand new minute of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s brilliant sketch comedy. You’ll also want to tune in to watch the mayor, Kyle Maclachlan, sing his heart out. It’s not set to a reggae beat, but it’s a song sung from the soul about his deep and abiding love for his city of Portlandia.

It’s so touching to see Kyle get in touch with his inner troubadour and really let loose, it will bring tears to your eyes and you’ll want to share your emotions, because you know that if you keep it bottled up you’ll explode like Michael Douglas in “Falling Down” or a marshmallow peep in a microwave. We are here to help you avoid exploding. We’ve created a safe space for you to share your feelings with other like-minded Portlandia-loving folks. It’s called IFC Sync and tonight, the Mayor of Portlandia, Kyle Maclachlan, will be online at IFC Sync at 10/9 c to live chat with you and help guide you through these emotionally trying times.

Here’s a sneak peek of tonight’s episode and we will see you online at 10/9c:

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Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like us on Facebook and follow us on @IFCportlandia and use the hashtag #Portlandia.

“Portlandia” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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