Carrie, Fred and Jonathan Krisel talk Peabody and which “Game of Thrones” stars are on their “Portlandia” wishlist

Jonathan Krisel, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

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By Jennifer Vineyard

Craving more “Portlandia”? Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and company are working on it — they’ve just started writing season three in Los Angeles, where co-creator Jonathan Krisel lives, and once they’re done, they’ll start up production in Portland, a city to which they credit their recent Peabody Award win.

“I think it’s the right award for that show to impress people in Portland,” Krisel told IFC after the ceremony. “We won an Emmy before, but the Peabody is almost like a literary award.”

“I concur,” Brownstein said, holding up her statuette. “This is for Portland.”

“Portland is a place where everyone closes their eyes and crosses their fingers and hopes for a better community,” Krisel added. “They keep it small and local, and usually they think if they just make great coffee, it’s the best thing for the neighborhood. That’s in part what makes the show special.”

While brainstorming and writing the next season, the team sometimes falls prey to the behavior exhibited in the “One More Episode” episode — getting obsessed about other TV shows. “It can be like a drug,” Krisel admitted.

Their current addictions? “Game of Thrones” and “Girls.”

“I would almost rather live [in Westeros],” Krisel said, and then realizing that a fellow Peabody winner was also at the Waldorf-Astoria, pointed to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who was on hand to accept for the show. “Look, there’s Jaime Lannister!”

“I practically threw myself at him,” Brownstein laughed. “Where are the rest of them?”

“Where’s Peter Dinklage?” Krisel wondered. “I want him for ‘Portlandia”s next season.”

If Dinklage isn’t available — after all, “Game of Thrones” starts shooting their third season this summer as well — Krisel might want to incorporate one of the wildlings on the show, who’ve already proven a penchant for crossovers. “My son was in the park and he met the wildling woman from across the wall, [Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte], who also did ‘Downtown Abbey,'” he noted. “The other wilding [Natalia Tena] did ‘Harry Potter.'”

Brownstein is also a fan of HBO’s “Girls,” she said, because of the show’s “point of view.”

“It’s smart, it’s really funny, and I find the specificity of the dialogue really refreshing,” she said. “I love how it delves into the awkward moments, awkward sex, without shying away from it and in an unrelenting way. I’m all about that fearlessness and I think ‘Girls’ is a really exciting and refreshing show to have on TV. I think Lena Dunham is a genius. I hope it just encourages more women to make shows like this.”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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