'Portlandia's Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein Aren't Dating, But They're Still Our Favorite "Couple"
The stars and minds behind hipster sketch comedy staple Portlandia Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein share an undeniable chemistry. While everyone's favorite residents of the Pacific Northwest are in the process of unleashing a new season of Portlandia's sketchy goodness on IFC, is there something more intimate brewing for its creators? Not the way you might hope.
In a 2012 radio interview Armisen said his relationship with Brownstein possessed "all of the things that [he's] ever wanted, you know, aside from like the physical stuff," remarking that the intimacy the two share is like no other. After first meeting in 2003 the duo's creative flirtations began with their comedy project ThunderAnt in 2005, which reportedly started as a way for them to hang out platonically without it being weird. Brownstein has said that the pairing has blossomed into "one of the most intimate, functional, romantic, but nonsexual relationships we've ever had," and it definitely shows on screen. With the stars of sketches like "Feminist Bookstore" to "Cacao" to "Brunch Village," the pair has created some classic characters for the hipster comedy canon.
But sadly for people who'll 'ship any duo with nice things to say about each other, Brownstein and Armisen aren't dating. Still, here's why we're convinced that they make the best couple. (I mean who needs all of that physical stuff when you're talking about soulmates?)
1. THEY'RE BOTH PUNK ROCKERS
While everyone knows about Brownstein's rock roots, Armisen has a little more in common with his Ian Rubbish character than you might think. The newly minted Late Night band leader is a drummer and musician who's played with bands like Les Savy Fav, who aren't exactly known for their quiet stoicism.
2. THEY CAN THROW A WORLD-CHANGING PARTY
3. THEY REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFE WORDS
4. THEY'VE GOT FRESH STYLE
5. THEY'RE GOOD AT GROUNDING EACH OTHER
...which is great for when your newsfeed gets too real, man.
So while they're not dating in reality, who could blame us for continuing to imagine that they're dating in our dreams?