'Portlandia' star to watch show with fans, do Q&A in Twin Cities


One of the "Portlandia" stars who recently lampooned fans of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" is bringing his wicked wit to the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Public Radio says Fred Armisen, who co-created and co-stars in "Portlandia" with Carrie Brownstein, will tout the upcoming fourth season of IFC sketch comedy series March 18 at The Cedar cultural center in Minneapolis.

Fans will be able to watch footage of the new "Portlandia" season with the former "Saturday Night Live" star, who will also take part in a Q&A afterward.

Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

In a set of five web sketches released last month, Armisen and Brownstein play characters hosting a tailgating party five hours in advance of a touring production of "A Prairie Home Companion" in Portland, Oregon.

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

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog praised the sketches, saying they "are everything the show does well, namely ultraspecific gentle mocking of the tote-bag crowd."

IFC says Armisen will also make appearances on behalf of the show in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 12, and in Denver March 26.

The fourth season of “Portlandia” kicks off Feb. 27.

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