Half of the creative force behind the hit IFC show Portlandia, Brownstein got her start in comedy on the Seattle improv scene, befriended Fred Armisen, and the rest is twee history.
Self-Deprecating Autobiographical Role: Carrie in Portlandia
Hollywood Fairy Godmother: Lorne Michaels by way of Fred Armisen
Upcoming: She's got a memoir in the works.
Awkward Trademark: Her goofy, toothy grin.
Extra Credit: Carrie was part of '90s riot band Sleater-Kinney.
The Takeaway: The things people do are insane.
Photo: Courtesy of Portlandia