Hillsboro Hops mascot to appear in Portlandia sketch
The Hillsboro Hops mascot is used to putting on a show for fans at Ron Tonkin Field, but on Friday was part of a much larger production: As one of the characters in a Portlandia sketch.
The Hillsboro Hops big green mascot, Barley, was one of several people who helped film a segment of the popular IFC sketch comedy show at Portland City Hall on Friday, Aug. 26.
The popular show stars SNL alum Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinneys Carrie Brownstein and often pokes fun at Portlands reputation for being weird.
Amy Stone, the Hops community engagement manager and spokeswoman said the show is keeping the details of the sketch under wraps, but said that Barley joins the mayor of Portland played in the show by Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan along with a collection of pirates and roller-derby enthusiasts.
This is the first time that the Hops have been involved with Portlandia.
One of their casting directors reached out to us earlier in the week and we thought it would be absolutely awesome to get Barley in an episode, Stone said.
It was a lot of fun, said Stone, who attended Fridays filming, It was great to meet the extras and were really excited for Barley to make his TV debut.
Stone said shes not sure when the sketch will air, but expects it to take place during the shows seventh season, which will premiere in 2017.
By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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