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IFC comedy series lampoons 'Prairie Home Companion' fans

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The stars of the IFC sketch comedy series "Portlandia" are having fun at the expense of die-hard fans of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

The Pioneer Press says a series of five promotional webisodes for show's upcoming fourth season have been released.

The sketches feature Malcolm (former "Saturday Night Live" star Fred Armisen) and Kris (Carrie Brownstein) hosting a tailgating party five hours in advance of a touring production of Keillor's acclaimed radio show.

But instead of a traditional tailgating party with beer and brats on the grill, Malcolm and Kris get ready for the big performance with tea and slow-cooked soup.

The webisodes also show the couple encountering fellow "Prairie Home Companion" fans, a ticket scalper, a streaker and a merchant selling recycled T-shirts.

At one point, Kris even tries to lead some "Prairie Home Companion"-themed sports cheers with a group of subdued fans sitting in lawn chairs.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog lauded the webisodes, saying, "The sketches are everything the show does well, namely ultraspecific gentle mocking of the tote-bag crowd."

Armisen and Brownstein play various characters in the series, which parodies life in Portland, Oregon.

The fourth season of "Portlandia" kicks off Feb. 27.



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