One of the many reasons people love "Portlandia" is identifying friends in stereotypical characters.
The coffee shop dwellers can be found at Qualia and the baristas can be found at Chinatown Coffee Company. D.C.'s actual nerds and people in nerd costume will inevitably convene at Nerd Nite at DC9. Our feminist bookstore owners are just like other businesses worried about bad Yelp reviews.
But occasionally a character seems a little too close to home. DCist pointed this out, with the show's recent introduction of the furniture maker and Portland Monthly cover-boy Caleb (story continues below):
The similarities in a two-minute sketch are enough to assume Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein at least heard about Arlington-based furniture maker Caleb Woodard.
Caleb in Portland makes handmade furniture. Caleb in Arlington makes handmade furniture.
Caleb in Portland left his office job to make furniture. Caleb in Arlington left his office job to follow in the footsteps of his father, who made furniture.
Caleb in Portland has a girlfriend. Caleb in Arlington is married.
Caleb in Portland could build a crib for his family. Caleb in Arlington built a crib for his family.
Caleb in Portland has appeared in the Portland Monthly. Caleb in Arlington has appeared in D.C. Magazine.
Caleb in Portland has a beard and wears flannel. Caleb in Arlington has a beard and wears flannel.
Other than the last similarity, which applies to most males who are fans of "Portlandia," it appears that Armisen's character just might be based on Woodard.
Season 3 of "Portlandia" continues on IFC on Friday nights at 10 p.m.