I’ve heard good things about Portlandia – all of them funny – so this is a great score for ABC2. A little edgy, and pretty funny. From the press release:

The US hipster sketch-comedy hit, Portlandia premieres on Thursday, February 23 at 9pm on ABC2.

Portlandia, created, written by, and starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live -SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney), is about the odd-ball residents of ‘Portlandia’, a dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon, where 90s culture reigns supreme and political correctness is all the rage.

Armisen and Brownstein play an array of colorful and unique characters which include a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who attach cut-outs of birds to everything (“put a bird on it”); members of an adult hide and seek league; self-righteous feminist bookstore owners; and a punk rock couple who use the safe word to help govern their love life.

A variety of guest stars appear such as: Selma Blair (Legally Blond, Hellboy); Heather Graham (The Hangover); Steve Buscemi (Pulp Fiction, Boardwalk Empire); KyleMacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City); Gus Van Sant (Milk); Aimee Mann; James Mercer (the Shins); Sarah McLachlan and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).

Portlandia is co-created, co-written and directed by Jonathan Krisel and is Executive Produced by Lorne Michaels (SNL and 30 Rock).

Portlandia – Thu 23/02 9pm, ABC2.