Matt Groening Acknowledges Ska on “Portlandia”


Look guys, we get it. Ska puns, though inherently versatile, carry with them a certain hamminess that can often alienate even the most die-hard supporters of the genre. It is said that every time an awful ska pun is said unironically, a video of a puppy experiencing a sobering moment of soul crushing sadness is uploaded onto the internet. “My favorite member of early-2000s post-grunge band Creed is SKAht Stapp” – a person designed by scientists in a laboratory to be hated objectively.

This issue is at the bottom line of a sketch from a recent episode of Portlandia, in which Simpsons creator Matt Groening takes a character to court over a ska pun that is just awful. Portlandia is ripe with musical nods, as creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are both professional musicians. Check out the short clip below:

Alex Chiasson

Alex Chiasson is a writer for Boston Ska (dot) net. Alex's first experience with ska involved referring to it as "that music with the horns, right?" He's gotten better with categorization, but he also has this weird thing about staying humble. You can see Alex perform with The New Limits.

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