FBI Uses 'Portlandia' Sketch as a Training Tool

Portlandia Sketch - H 2013

Portlandia Sketch - H 2013

Series co-star Carrie Brownstein on the agency's use of its "Sanitation Twins" skit in advanced-intelligence classes: "This falls into the surreal category."

This story first appeared in the June 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In April, an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., approached the producers of Portlandia, requesting to use a clip from the show's "Sanitation Twins" sketch (it spoofs recycling culture) in its advanced-intelligence classes, which focus on terrorism, espionage, IP theft and other crime.

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"This falls under the surreal category," says co-star Carrie Brownstein. "We granted permission, although he didn't tell us why he was interested."

Regardless, it helps put to rest the idea that only hipsters watch the show. Or, muses Brownstein, "Maybe they're just making fun of us?"