In an audience Q&A section, the duo mused on the future of the show. Brownstein would love to have Werner Herzog guest star (yes, please!) and Armisen has his sights set on Tom Hulce. According to Armisen, Portlandia might become a movie, too, but they’ll both quit before getting too cynical. “There’s a great amount of underlying affection for these characters. They’re basically us.” Oh, and in case you were wondering, if they were animals, Armisen would be a shark and Brownstein would be a giraffe.
Not surprisingly, Brownstein was at her best in the musical segments of the evening. The duo performed the show’s signature song, “The Dream of the ’90s is Alive in Portland,” plus a couple more songs from the second season, including one called “She’s Making Jewelry Now,” prompting a discussion on the awkwardness of bad homemade jewelry. An updated version of a feminist bookstore sketch featured an “in-store performance” from St. Vincent, who sang a version of Pearl Jam’s “Black.” Armisen also recruited one of his childhood heroes, Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers, to play a few songs. In the grand finale, Brownstein, Armisen, and St. Vincent joined Cornwell to play a couple of songs. It was a reminder of what makes Portlandia great: the scenes that the two of them poke fun at are ones that they are obviously immersed in. You could easily see a show like this one being skewered on Portlandia, pickling demonstration or no. But it didn’t make it any less fun.