LOS ANGELES -

Filming permits show that the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop generating buzz in Los Angeles is tied to a comedy production company.

The store opened Friday and had been giving away free drinks while getting lots of attention.

Permits obtained by The Associated Press show that filming was authorized at the location three times in the weeks before the store opened.

The permits were taken out by Abso Lutely Productions.

The company is run by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, a comedy duo known as Tim & Eric who have done movies and television shows.

The real Starbucks has said the parody infringes on its trademarks and has since been shut down..