After her recent role in The Thermals’ new video, you’re probably starting to conclude Carrie Brownstein, best known for her role as vocalist/guitarist in Sleater-Kinney, is pretty funny. Well, if you thought wanton property damage is hilarious, how’s this for a follow-up role: via TwentyFourBit, Brownstein is creating a TV adaptation of ThunderAnt with SNL’s Fred Armisen. Funny bones, prepare to implode.
The Brownstein/Armisen combo is nothing new as ThunderAnt has been a fairly popular online sketch comedy series for a few years now. But thanks to SNL producer Lorne Michaels and IFC, the Abbott and Costello of absurdist comedy can bring their wacky world to a wider audience with Portlandia, where “owners of a feminist book store; a militant bike messenger; an artsy couple who put cut-outs of birds on everything; and a punk rock couple negotiating a safe word to help govern their love life” live in the creators’ version of Portland, OR. There hasn’t been this good of a premise since Thunder in Paradise.
There’s no air date yet, but according to Pitchfork, the show begins production this month in Portland and will feature guest stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Kyle MacLachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks). As always, stay tuned for more news and info as it’s announced.
Also, Carrie, you know what else would be funny? That Sleater-Kinney reunion.