Fred Armisen
Actor
Fred Armisen
Fred Armisen is an American comedian, musician, and actor best known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and portraying characters in comedy films including EuroTrip, Anchorman, and Cop Out. With his comedy partner, Carrie Brownstein, Armisen is the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia.
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Aziz Ansari Slated To Be 'SNL's' First-Ever South Asian Host
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Aziz Ansari will host his first-ever “Saturday Night Live” episode on Jan. 21, the comedy sketch show announced Tuesday. The honor of hosting the iconic show has been a long time coming for the actor, writer, comedian and co-creator of the Emmy award-winning Netflix series “Master of None” ― but it’s also a huge milestone for diversity in comedy. Ansari’s appearance on the show will mark the first time “SNL” has cast a South Asian entertainer as host in its 41-year history. Excited to host SNL on 1/21. See ya then. pic.twitter.com/geNeWJyUHH — Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 10, 2017 Ansari’s career reached an all-time high in 2016. Not only did “Master of None,” which he co-wrote with Alan Yang, win an Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy Series, it took home a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series and a Peabody Award, with several more Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The groundbreaking show is also debuting a second season in 2017 ...
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Vladimir Putin’s Childhood Besties Defend Their 'Petty' Pal In 'SNL' Spoof
Huffington Post - 2 months
“Saturday Night Live” poked fun this weekend at Vladimir Putin’s reported personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton. Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen, playing two of the Russian president’s childhood friends, stopped by the “Weekend Update” segment to champion their lifelong bestie amid reports that he was directly responsible for his country interfering in the U.S. presidential election. But after initially defending their “focused” and “disciplined” long-time pal, they admitted he could be “pretty petty” — and in hushed tones recalled a series of times when he’d turned on them following what they assumed was a trivial incident. While not directly referred to, the skit was clearly mocking reports that Putin oversaw the interference as revenge for Clinton’s 2011 call for an investigation into his country’s parliamentary elections ― a reason that “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said last week was “lame.” Check it out in the clip above. type=t ...
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Vladimir Putin’s Childhood Besties Defend Their 'Petty' Pal In 'SNL' Spoof
Huffington Post - 2 months
“Saturday Night Live” poked fun this weekend at Vladimir Putin’s reported personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton. Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen, playing two of the Russian president’s childhood friends, stopped by the “Weekend Update” segment to champion their lifelong bestie amid reports that he was directly responsible for his country interfering in the U.S. presidential election. But after initially defending their “focused” and “disciplined” long-time pal, they admitted he could be “pretty petty” — and in hushed tones recalled a series of times when he’d turned on them following what they assumed was a trivial incident. While not directly referred to, the skit was clearly mocking reports that Putin oversaw the interference as revenge for Clinton’s 2011 call for an investigation into his country’s parliamentary elections ― a reason that “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert said last week was “lame.” Check it out in the clip above. type=t ...
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KFC partners with Fred Armisen for some spicy hot Nashville tunes
Fox News - 2 months
The fried chicken chain is keeping it hot with more celebrity deals.
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6 Documentaries You Should Watch 'Now!'
Huffington Post - 5 months
The second season of “Documentary Now!” started this week, with Bill Hader and Fred Armisen returning to parody famous documentaries. The series is very much a passion project for Hader, Armisen and fellow creator Seth Meyers, who all spoke to The Huffington Post about how they chose the films they would take on this season. Below is a list of the documentaries the show parodies in Season 2. You should watch them now to get ready for the upcoming episodes ― and just because they’re worth watching.   1. “The War Room”: James Carville and George Stephanopoulos try to get Bill Clinton elected president. Given this is an election year, Meyers said that “The War Room” was a natural choice to parody as it’s “the best campaign documentary that was ever made.” Further convincing the team they should go with “The War Room” was the fact that Hader could pull off a great impression of James Carville ― one of the featured political operators in the documentary ― and that 1992 fashi ...
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Huzzah, 'Saturday Night Live' Adds First-Ever Latina Cast Member
Huffington Post - 5 months
Here’s some good news: “Saturday Night Live” has added three new cast members, including the show’s first-ever Latina since its premiere in 1975. Comics Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will accompany former “SNL” writer Mikey Day as featured players in Season 42.  An impressionist from Whittier, California, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in Season 6, Villaseñor previously contributed to Màs Mejor, a comedy showcase for Latino talent under Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video studio. She has been trying to join “SNL” for ages, stating in a recent interview with Bird that she auditioned for the show once before and “always send[s] them a tape every summer.” Wish granted. Joining her will be a couple of white dudes. Moffat, hailing from Illinois, was a regular at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theater. Day, from California, joined “SNL” in Season 39 as a writer and also served as co-head-writer for the sketch show “Maya & Marty,” produced by Lorne Michaels.  The new cast ...
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Huzzah, 'Saturday Night Live' Adds First-Ever Latina Cast Member
Huffington Post - 5 months
Here’s some good news: “Saturday Night Live” has added three new cast members, including the show’s first-ever Latina since its premiere in 1975. Comics Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will accompany former “SNL” writer Mikey Day as featured players in Season 42.  An impressionist from Whittier, California, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in Season 6, Villaseñor previously contributed to Màs Mejor, a comedy showcase for Latino talent under Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video studio. She has been trying to join “SNL” for ages, stating in a recent interview with Bird that she auditioned for the show once before and “always send[s] them a tape every summer.” Wish granted. Joining her will be a couple of white dudes. Moffat, hailing from Illinois, was a regular at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theater. Day, from California, joined “SNL” in Season 39 as a writer and also served as co-head-writer for the sketch show “Maya & Marty,” produced by Lorne Michaels.  The new cast ...
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Fred Armisen hosts the last call of the season
Houston Chronicle - 9 months
Fred Armisen hosts an uneven 'Saturday Night Live' season finale and mini-reunion.
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The 'Dead Poets Society' Spoof On 'Saturday Night Live' Was A Gory Bloodfest
Huffington Post - 9 months
When you think of "Dead Poets Society," blood is probably the last thing that comes to mind. "Saturday Night Live" just changed that.  In a sketch titled "Farewell, Mr. Bunting," the comedy show gave the Robin Williams film "Dead Poets Society" an over-the-top bloody twist. The episode's host, Fred Armisen, stars as a teacher named Mr. Bunting (the equivalent to Williams' Mr. Keating in the original). In the scene, Mr. Bunting goes back to his classroom after being fired to pick up his personal belongings. As his former students watch him grab his things, they realize they don't want him to go. In protest, they stand up on their desks one by one and declare, "I sing my song for all to hear." The whole scene is very moving, much like the 1989 film, but things take a turn for the gory when one student's (Pete Davidson) head gets in the way of the ceiling fan.  Once you watch the whole sketch, you'll never be able to see "Dead Poets Society" the same way again - ...
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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' find a voice for Krang in Fred Armisen - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 11 months
Los Angeles Times 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' find a voice for Krang in Fred Armisen Los Angeles Times The heroes in a halfshell dropped by WonderCon in Los Angeles today, but the real excitement came from the side characters from the new sequel "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows." Megan Fox (who is playing intrepid reporter April O'Neil) ... Megan Fox Tries to Keep Her Sons Away from TV and Technology: 'I'm Making My Kids into Artstic Nature-Hippies'People Magazine Krang Will Be Voiced By An SNL Comedian In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2Cinema Blend 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #56' thrives with under appreciated qualityExaminer.com I4U News -Deadline -Entertainment Weekly -Comicbook.com all 37 news articles »
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Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein on 'Portlandia' Influencing Our Culture
ABC News - 12 months
“Portlandia,” Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy TV show on IFC that lovingly lambasts the hipster culture of Portland, Oregon, has become a cult favorite
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A Love Lorne Celebration of the American Songbook
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and Fred Armisen fête Lorne Michaels at the annual American Songbook gala at Lincoln Center.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fred Armisen
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    Armisen hosted the season 41 finale on May 21, 2016, with musical guest Courtney Barnett.
    More Details Hide Details Armisen's list of notable impressions has included: Armisen has also done impressions of political figures such as Hugo Chávez, Vicente Fox, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Barney Frank, George H. W. Bush, Ben Bernanke, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Mike Gravel, Saddam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak and Michael Bloomberg. He has also impersonated celebrities such as Martin Scorsese, Desi Arnaz, Corbin Bleu, Sam Waterston, Joy Behar, Tony Danza, George Carlin, Dov Charney, Howie Mandel, Alan Osmond, Ben Gibbard, Joey Lawrence, Harrison Ford, Liberace, David Gregory, Mick Jagger, Larry King, Penny Marshall, Kevin McHale (actor) (as Artie Abrams from Glee), David Lee Roth, Gene Simmons, Ringo Starr, Lawrence Welk, Paul Lynde, George Lopez, Randy Newman, Thom Yorke, John Oates, and Ice-T.
  • 2015
    Age 48
    As of February 2015, Armisen had appeared in 856 SNL sketches, putting him second only to Kenan Thompson in appearances on the show, and had the third most distinct impressions of any SNL cast member with 99.
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  • 2014
    Age 47
    In late 2014, Armisen was featured on the popular comedy web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with host, Jerry Seinfeld.
    More Details Hide Details Armisen is a longtime fan of punk rock music and can be seen in the documentaries Salad Days and The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead.
    Armisen is the bandleader of the 8G Band, the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers, as of February 24, 2014.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    Armisen stars in the IFC sketch series Portlandia alongside Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney); the first season debuted on January 21, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In the Cartoon Network series The Looney Tunes Show, Armisen voices Speedy Gonzales. Armisen, along with Carrie Brownstein, appeared on the Simpsons episode "The Day the Earth Stood Cool", in which they play The Simpsons' new neighbors who encourage everyone to be cool like them. The following is a partial list of notable roles Armisen has played in Saturday Night Live sketches. At the time of his 2013 departure from the show, Armisen was the third-longest tenured cast member (behind Darrell Hammond and Seth Meyers), having been a member since Season 28.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In 2010, Armisen briefly joined Joanna Newsom's tour for her album Have One on Me as his character Jens Hannemann.
    More Details Hide Details On SNL, Armisen often plays musical instruments in sketches, has two recurring characters who are musicians (Mackey the drummer from the Rialto Grande and Ferecito from Showbiz Grande Explosion), or impersonates famous figures in the music world such as Liberace, Phil Spector, Lou Reed, and Prince. Armisen appeared in the official music video for Man Man's song "Rabbit Habits", playing a man who charms his blind date (Charlyne Yi) but runs away after she turns into a werewolf. Along with Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis, Armisen voiced radio characters in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Armisen performed as a singer/drummer/comedic actor in the Blue Man Group's "How to be a Megastar Live!". He played the part as a salesman on TV who advertises for the Megastar Rock Manual. He also drummed in the performance and was a backup singer.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    Fred appeared as Jens Hannemann on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 19, 2007, promoting a 28-minute DVD called Fred Armisen presents Jens Hannemann: "COMPLICATED DRUMMING TECHNIQUE".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Armisen has directed music videos for bands like The Helio Sequence. Armisen also had a role in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, which featured footage from his stint opening for front man Jeff Tweedy's 2001 solo tour.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in video segments on Blue Man Group's How to be a Megastar Tour 2.. Armisen occasionally writes for Pitchfork Media and interviewed Cat Power for that company.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    Armisen was married to English singer and songwriter Sally Timms from 1998 to 2004 and to actress Elisabeth Moss from 2009 to 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He has been in a relationship with actress Natasha Lyonne since 2014. Armisen currently resides in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Prior to his move he was a resident of Portland, Oregon's Pearl District. Armisen enjoys the work of outlaw artist Joe Coleman. He stated on Real Time with Bill Maher that he is an atheist. The KGB Trenchmouth Crisis of Conformity Ian Rubbish and The Bizzaros
    In 1998 he posed as a music journalist for the short film Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and South by Southwest.
    More Details Hide Details It was filmed by then-girlfriend Sally Timms and featured Armisen's "pranking musicians and industry types" during the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. A year later, Armisen starred with alternative rock legend Steve Albini in Chevelle's Point #1 EPK. Armisen is part of ThunderAnt, a comedy duo with Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein. The duo specializes in creating comedic short skits often about independent vocations such as one man shows, feminist bookstores, and bicycle rights activists.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 21
    In 1988, he moved to Chicago to play drums for the punk rock band Trenchmouth, and in the 1990s, he played background drums with Blue Man Group.
    More Details Hide Details Armisen played drums on three tracks for Les Savy Fav's 2007 album Let's Stay Friends., as well as tracks for Matthew Sweet's 2011 album Modern Art and Wandering Lucy's 2015 album Leap Year. Armisen is currently the bandleader and drummer of the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. While not playing with the band Trenchmouth, Armisen's interests switched to acting. In a January 2006 interview, he said, "I wanted to be on TV somehow. For some reason, I always thought it would be an indirect route; I didn't know that it would be comedy and Saturday Night Live. I just wanted to do something with performing that would lead me there." Armisen's subsequent television work, such as some "memorable Andy Kaufman-esque appearances" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, as well as work for Crank Yankers and Adult Swim, led to a role in 2002 as a featured player in the cast of Saturday Night Live. In the 2004 season, he was promoted to a repertory cast member.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 17
    In 1984, Armisen played drums in a local band along with his high school friends in Valley Stream, New York, but the group soon ended.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Armisen was born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi but moved to New York as a baby.
    More Details Hide Details He was raised in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, where he was a high school classmate of fellow SNL alumnus Jim Breuer. His mother, Hildegardt Mirabal, a schoolteacher, is from Venezuela. His father, Fereydun (later "Fred") Armisen, who worked for IBM, was born in Germany, to a Japanese father and a German mother. Armisen attended the School of Visual Arts (NYC) before dropping out to begin a career as a rock drummer. He has mentioned watching the bands The Clash and Devo perform on television, and wanting to be a performer since he was a child.
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