Is The Chicken Local?

Our roving correspondent Richard Gardner forwarded me this clip from “Portlandia,” a series of which I’d never heard, on IFC, of which I’d also never heard, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

The “Is it local?” bit is fairly amusing:

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  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    Quite of a few clips from Portlandia are available on Hulu. All of them have been pretty enjoyable.

  2. mantis says:

    It’s a very funny show. It’s almost entirely focused on making fun of the liberal urban culture of places epitomized by Portland, OR. Kyle MacLachlan is pretty amusing as the bicycling mayor, as is the “Women and Women First” bookstore.

  3. sam says:

    IFC – Independent Film Channel. Some pretty good stuff on there.

  4. Ernieyeball says:

    All the Chicken at the local Buffalo Wild Wings is from Out of Town!!! So are a whole mess of the customers who come from Out of Town to spend their hard earned cash on the Out of Town Chickens and our Local 8.0 percent sales tax.
    None of them ask where the Wings come from either.
    Every time the city fixes a pothole we should name it after one of these pilgrims!

  5. Tony says:

    We get a lot of that sort of thing in the UK. A few years back there was, for reasons passing understanding, a BBC series that followed, apparently without laughing, a chef in central London whose “mission” was to “source” all his ingredients locally. Which much be pretty much the dimmest, most pointless purpose in life yet.

    In principle there’s nothing wrong with getting ingredients locally in areas that are abundant in game, fish, farms etc. But it’s getting completely ridiculous. Furthermore, as the author Susan Hill has pointed out, when she was living in Suffolk a few decades back, everybody ate “locally sourced” produce. Which was fine, so long as you were prepared to live on a diet that consisted solely of some combination of cod, turnip and potato.

  6. Ernieyeball says:

    “…to “source” all his ingredients locally. Which much be pretty much the dimmest, most pointless purpose in life yet.”
    …that and “saving” the Planet!”