Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in IFC's "Portlandia." (Augusta Quirk/IFC)

‘Portlandia’ announces Season 7 guest stars

Portlandia welcomes more than a dozen new guest stars in the upcoming seventh season, including Laurie Metcalf, Abbi Jacobson and members of Run the Jewels.

The 10-episode season begins 10/9c Jan. 5 on IFC with the television directorial debuts of both Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. The duo, along with Jonathan Krisel, created the sketch comedy series about the eccentric misfits of Portland—and pretty much everywhere else.

We’ve already seen one tease of the season—a song spoofing white male entitlement. The series returns to its sketch-driven roots as characters find themselves in all-too-relatable situations. 

  • Fred and Carrie attempt to become storytelling experts to impress friends at a dinner party.
  • The Goth couple discover the wonders of Bed Bath and Beyond.
  • Toni and Candace retire from the feminist bookstore and contemplate what’s next for their lives.
  • Carrie dates a hunk.
  • Fred tries to start his own Portland-based cell phone company.
  • The guest list IFC announced includes new and returning guest stars.


Portlandia new guest stars

(in alphabetical order)

Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Adventure Time)

Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer)

Ana Fabrega (Boy Band, The Special Without Brett Davis)

John Early (Search Party, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising)

Judy  Greer (Archer, Married)

Portland’s Mayor Charlie Hales

Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls, Central Intelligence)

Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Decker)

Abbi Jacobson (Broad City, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising)

pro-basketball player Damian Lillard

Laurie Metcalf (Getting On, The McCarthys)

Megan Neuringer (Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!)

musicians El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels

musicians Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s

Linda Ramone

Sam Richardson (Veep, The Office)

Andy Richter (Conan)

model Cameron Russell

Jessica St. Clair (Review, Enough Said)


Portlandia returning guest stars

(in alphabetical order)

Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck)

Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Horace and Pete)

Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development, Lady Dynamite)

John Levenstein (Kroll Show, Silicon Valley)

Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black, Hello, My Name is Doris)

Portlandia’s Mayor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D)

Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates)

Armisen, Brownstein and Krisel serve as writers and executive producers of “Portlandia,” along with co-executive producer Graham Wagner. Lorne Michaels executive produces “Portlandia” and Broadway Video produces. Veteran director Krisel is joined this season by guest directors Armisen, Brownstein, Alice Mathias, Steve Buscemi and Bill Benz.