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Portlandia's 'Tigard' episode to premiere this Thursday

PHOTO COURTESY IFC - Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen take a photo of comedian Louis C.K. at Tigard's Symposium Coffee. The sketch, and several other filmed in Tigard, premiere's this week on IFC.Set your DVR’s, people. The day has finally arrived.

Last year, the hit IFC sketch comedy giant “Portlandia” made a stop in Tigard, filming several sketches for an upcoming episode.

That episode premiere’s Thursday on IFC, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The episode, titled "Fake Family Emergency," includes sketches filmed at various Tigard locations, including Symposium Coffee in downtown Tigard and Highline Vapors, on Pacific Highway.

The episode guest stars comedian Louis C.K. and was directed by actor Steve Buscemi.

Here’s the synopses, according to EW:

“C.K. will guest-star as himself — or at least a very unamused version of himself. Fred (Fred Armisen) and Carrie (Carrie Brownstein) try to attend C.K.’s stand-up gig, but at the last second, it is announced that that the comedian won’t be able to perform that night due to a “family emergency.” However, Fred and Carrie’s landlord (played by Steve Buscemi) opines that C.K. may not be telling the truth, something the duo confirm when they run into him at a coffee shop and blackmail him into having dinner with them.”

Here's a preview of Thursday's episode:

The Emmy award winning show, which is in its sixth season, stars SNL alum Fred Armisen and Sleater Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein.

The show filmed several sketches in Tigard over two days, often redressing the buildings they used to appear as multiple locations.

PHOTO COURTESY IFC - Comedian Louis C.K.'s phone call is interupted by Fred and Carrie on this week's episode of Portlandia, which was filmed in Tigard.“We’re a small show and we move around a lot,” David Allen Cress told The Times last September. “Often, we’ll find one or two locations to anchor us and then find places to film in the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on being nimble. That vape shop was great, and we knew there would be a coffee shop nearby for us to film at. It worked out really nicely, this coffee shop is beautiful.”

Kevin Bates, who owns Symposium, located at 12345 S.W. Main St., told The Times in September that filming at his store is not only good for business, it’s good for Tigard.

“It's a boost for the downtown,” he said. “Tigard is getting more exposure because of all the improvements and revitalization efforts.”

Watch it!

Portlandia, 10 p.m., Thursday, on IFC.

Can’t watch the episode live? Episodes are also available on IFC's website.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
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