Aidin Vaziri | After teasing fans with a handful of hilarious clips over the past few weeks, the second season of “Portlandia” kicks off in earnest on the IFC channel Jan. 6. But first Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, the creators and co-stars of the hit sketch-comedy series, are going on tour. Hitting just six cities (including a sold-out stop at the Mezzanine on Friday), the live show will feature musical performances, sneak peeks at the new season and personal anecdotes from Armisen, who is also a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” and Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney and currently a member of the band Wild Flag. She tells us what to expect.
Q: Not too many television shows begin a new season with a live tour. What’s the idea?
A: For the most part, the live show is an opportunity for Fred and I to interact with the audience – to take the sensitivity and earnestness of the show and share it with people. It’s not “Portlandia” live. It’s not comedy. It’s more akin to Fred and I hanging out in the living room and playing songs, telling stories and showing clips from the second season.
Q: The great thing is the shows are sold out so you can come out, sit on a couch and hit “play” on the DVD.
A: That’s so crass. Don’t think we haven’t thought of it. No, really, we were very surprised and flattered when the shows sold out. People’s faith in us has only made us want to work harder.