Farmers markets. A spoofy plotline. Local guest stars. Could this be our Portlandia?
At the least, it’s ‘Locally Grown,’ a comedy web show based on a fictional farmers market, shot partly at the Ballard Farmers Market and Shoreline Community College. Familiar faces from Seattle’s theatrical community and celebrity scene show up as characters or in guest cameos, including Dave Dederer, formerly of The Presidents of the United States of America, John Curley, and Cynthia Lauren Tewes of Love Boat fame, who later (this is real life, not a satirical plot twist), became a Seattle-based cheese steward as well as acting on local stages.
The show goes live online Wednesday, June 12, with a 12-minute pilot and assorted vignettes, including a 10-minute interview with Dederer on music and his city, in keeping with the “locally grown” theme. Dederer’s father was a founding board member of Pike Place Market, and he counts market buskers among his inspirations. (Sister Clare is the author of this bestselling yoga-themed memoir and a Betty MacDonald aficionado.)
A comedy about farmers markets seemed a natural to creator and co-writer Simon Hamlin, a local kid who remembers picking Pike Place Market for his seventh-grade school report on “my favorite spot in Seattle.”More