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Hillsboro Hops mascot to appear in Portlandia sketch

COURTESY HILLSBORO HOPS - Barley, the mascot of the Hillsboro Hops baseball team, poses for a photo next to actors Kyle MacLachlan, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen on Friday during filming of the new season of 'Portlandia.'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-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and often pokes fun at Portland’s 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 Friday’s filming, “It was great to meet the extras and we’re really excited for Barley to make his TV debut.”

Stone said she’s not sure when the sketch will air, but expects it to take place during the show’s seventh season, which will premiere in 2017.

By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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