The In-Joke Is on Me

A Portlander explores Portlandia

Scott Green—IFC

Portlandia story by Wolk

On a brisk September day in Portland, Ore., a few dozen members of the Timbers Army--earnest ultra-fans of the local Major League Soccer team--stand on a set of bleachers in the city's northeast quadrant, filming a scene for the comedy series Portlandia. Across the street, the production team is prepping a sketch about a brunch spot so popular that the people waiting to get in have formed a tent village. Meanwhile, a woman in a garish print dress and vintage sunglasses ambles down the sidewalk--not a Portlandia extra, it turns out, though she would have fit right in among the marchers...

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