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'Portlandia' by the Numbers

How many stylists, pigeons, and undersize sweaters did the show need to skewer Portland?

By Georgia Perry December 16, 2010 Published in the January 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

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Number of episodes shot for Portlandia, the sketch comedy series starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, which begins skewering Portland’s cultural quirks on Jan 21 on the Independent Film Channel


Number of local crewmembers hired for the 19-day production


Number of undersize sweaters purchased at local thrift stores before finding “the perfect one” for a scene in which songwriter Aimee Mann (playing herself) is Fred and Carrie’s housekeeper and shrinks Fred’s sweater in the wash


Number of Indian fantail pigeons named Damat used in a sketch titled “Put a Bird On It!”


Level, in degrees fahrenheit, of fever suffered by Brownstein during one day of shooting


Number of stylists (one hair, one makeup, one costume) shared by the entire cast


Number of times a director told Portland Mayor Sam Adams to “tone it down” during Adams’s portrayal of an assistant to Portlandia “mayor” Kyle McLachlan

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