Season 7 of “Portlandia” kicked off earlier this month, with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein returning to entertain audiences with a wide variety of characters. Among their new personas are mens’ rights activists Drew (Armisen) and Andy (Brownstein).
In a new satirical clip for the upcoming episode “Friend Replacement,” airing February 9, Drew and Andy host the first ever Men’s Film Festival and take movie suggestions from the marginalized males in the crowd. Naturally, the films chosen have to be directed by a man.
“We’re in a crisis you guys. I’m sure you know that,” says Andy in the preview, with Drew adding, “We have to preserve films made by men. A lot of them are just on VHS tapes.”
Mentioned in the clip is the work of “Carrie” helmer Brian De Palma and “Point Break” director Kathryn Bigelow. The activists also point out how Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in “Terminator” is an “unrealistic expectation for men” and how male filmmakers need to be celebrated.
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“We’re just saying that there’s a lot, so many, female film directors, right?” says Andy. “We’re just here to celebrate a couple of guys that are out there.”
The sketch comedy show was recently renewed for an eighth and final season during IFC’s TCA presentation last week. The final season is set to air in 2018.
New episodes of “Portlandia” Season 7 debut Thursdays at 10 p.m. Check out the clip below.