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Exclusive: The Simpsons Travels to Portlandia, Taps Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein

The Simpsons is jumping on the fast-moving Portlandia bandwagon.

The Fox ‘toon has tapped Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein — the stars of IFC’s Portland-influenced comedy series — to lend their voices to an episode set to air next fall (during the show’s 24th season).

The duo will play part of a “cool” family that moves from Portland to Springfield and becomes the Simpsons’ new neighbors. Homer desperately tries to befriend them, but Marge is skeptical that being cool isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The episode is called “The Day the Earth Stayed Cool.”

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Exec producer Al Jean deadpanned of Armisen and Brownstein’s casting, “They’re the best thing to come out of Portland since everything our show took out of Portland.”

Fun fact: Simpsons creator Matt Groening hails from Portland.

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12 Comments
  1. Margaret says:

    another fun fact :) at one point, the front hall of groening’s high school, lincoln high in downtown portland used to have a sign that said “matt groening, official lincoln high school escapee” very bart simpson-esque hehe

  2. Anonymous says:

    That Simpsons sign is still in the main hall of Lincoln High School (I imagine it will be there for as long as possible), which includes a collage of the characters from the Simpsons.

  3. Joaquin Slowly says:

    Not only is Matt Groening from Portland, a whole lot of the show takes names from Portland as well.

    Most of the character names of Springfield are street names in Portland. Burnside and Montgomery, (the inspirations for Mr. Burns), Lovejoy, Terwilliger (Silent Bob’s real name), Wayland and Smithers, Dolph and Kearny (two of Bart’s main bullies), Flanders (obviously) and the street that the Simpsons live on, Evergreen.

  4. DaisyDee says:

    These are the alphabet streets from memory. So many Simpsons!

    Ash
    Burnside
    Couch
    Davis
    Everett
    Flanders
    Glisan
    Hoytt
    Irving
    Johnson
    Kearney
    Lovejoy
    Marshall
    Northrup
    Overton
    Pettigrove
    Quimby
    Raleigh
    Savior
    Thurman
    Upshur
    Vaugn
    Wilson
    Xavier
    Yeon

  5. Jason says:

    Actually, Ankeny is the A in the alphabetic street names in Portland.

  6. shnnrr says:

    Actually the name of the Street the Simpsons live on, Evergreen, is not referring to a street in Portland but rather Matt Groening’s College, The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. Evergreen is also where Carrie Brownstein went!

  7. JamieW says:

    According to the Portland Tribune article ‘Matt Groening’s Portland’, he and his family lived on a street in Portland named Northwest Evergreen Terrace.

  8. Diana says:

    No, Ankeny is on the other (south) side of Burnside. Ash Street is correct.

  9. Waylon says:

    Both Ash and Ankeny are not only on the South side of Burnside but are next to each other. Ankeny, however, is the correct A street in the sequence as it’s right next to Burnside. Ash is 2 blocks from Burnside.

  10. shnnrr says:

    What! Nooooo… Can it be both, please, I need this! D:

  11. PDXNTV says:

    I ran across a photo the other day where someone had slapped a “Hello, My Name Is… Stupid, Sexy” sticker over the “NW” on a NW Flanders street sign here in Portland. Pure genius.

  12. Peter Englander says:

    Ankeny is correct. Hoyt also has one t, Savier is spelled with an e, Vaughn with a h. Not sure about Xavier, as I don’t think it exists today.

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