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 off-color foreign characters in various 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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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Fred Armisen: Standup for Drummers’ and ‘The Trade’
NYTimes - 19 days
A Fred Armisen stand-up special debuts on Netflix. And ‘The Trade’ offers a diverse view of America’s addiction crisis.
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On Comedy: Comics Select Their Audiences as Carefully as Their Jokes
NYTimes - 19 days
Fred Armisen’s new special is the ultimate example of niche comedy: gags about drummers aimed at a crowd made up entirely of drummers.
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WATCH: The stars of the 'Lego Ninjago Movie' dish on the upcoming film
ABC News - 5 months
Olivia Munn, Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Pena and Fred Armisen open up about the highly anticipated movie.
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'Portlandia' is concluding, but Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein aren't calling it The End
LATimes - 8 months
Filming for the final season of IFC’s beloved sketch comedy series “Portlandia” begins Monday, and the show’s stars/creators/writers/occasional directors Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen stopped by The Times before heading to Oregon. Armisen though doesn’t really want to declare this season as...
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Books To Read Before The Summer Movie Comes Out
Huffington Post - 9 months
Tulip Fever By Deborah Moggach 288 pages; Dial Press Sex, art, flowers: It’s the 1630s in Amsterdam in Tulip Fever, and everybody is obsessed with at least one of the three. In the film version of Deborah Moggach’s 1999 novel, opening August 25, the center of attention is Sophia (Alicia Vikander), who’s a devoted wife to her aged merchant husband—until the introduction of the brooding artist hired to paint their portrait. Moggach’s novel delivers plenty of hot-and-heavy lust and betrayal, but she’s also done her homework on a remarkable moment in Dutch history, masterfully weaving in observations about religion and economics, delivered in prose as elegant as a Vermeer: “She is color, waiting to be mixed; a painting, ready to be brushed into life. She is a moment, waiting to be fixed forever under a shiny varnish.” The Beguiled By Thomas Cullinan 384 pages; Penguin Books Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel about the Civil War first hit theaters in 1971, with Clint Eastwood star...
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‘If You Take Out Kenan Thompson, The Studio Will Explode'
Huffington Post - 10 months
Kenan Thompson took the stage in an oversized three-piece suit and an awkward wig bursting with Jheri curls. He looked, objectively speaking, completely and utterly ridiculous. Seconds before, a BET logo flashed across the screen as SNL cast member Will Forte, playing a talk show announcer, introduced the sketch: “It’s ‘What’s Up With That!’ Tackling the issues of today with soul,” Forte bellowed. “Now, here’s your host: Diondre Cole!” It was October 17, 2009, and unlikely as it seemed, Thompson was finally about to have his moment with the debut of a Saturday Night Live skit that would define him. He boogied in with a silly zip to each step. Perfectly in time, perfectly in tune and perfectly in control, Thompson began to sing, “Ooo―eee! What up with that? What up with that?” along with his two go-go dancers, played by Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate. What, exactly, was happening? Almost no one seemed to know, most especially the bewildered guests of the fictional show, whi...
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Watch Ty Segall 'Break A Guitar' With Fred Armisen
NPR - 10 months
The kaleidoscopic images that swirl around in Segall's new video mirror the madness he feels over the 24-hour news cycle. (Image credit: Courtesy of the artist )
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Aziz Ansari Slated To Be 'SNL's' First-Ever South Asian Host
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 201...
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Vladimir Putin’s Childhood Besties Defend Their 'Petty' Pal In 'SNL' Spoof
Huffington Post - about 1 year
“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=...
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Vladimir Putin’s Childhood Besties Defend Their 'Petty' Pal In 'SNL' Spoof
Huffington Post - about 1 year
“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=...
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KFC partners with Fred Armisen for some spicy hot Nashville tunes
Fox News - about 1 year
The fried chicken chain is keeping it hot with more celebrity deals.
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6 Documentaries You Should Watch 'Now!'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 fash...
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Huzzah, 'Saturday Night Live' Adds First-Ever Latina Cast Member
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 cas...
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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.
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  • 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.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    In late 2014, Armisen was featured on the popular comedy web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with host, Jerry Seinfeld.
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    Armisen is the bandleader of the 8G Band, the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers, as of February 24, 2014.
  • 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.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    In 2010, Armisen briefly joined Joanna Newsom's tour for her album Have One on Me as his character Jens Hannemann.
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  • 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".
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    In 1998 he posed as a music journalist for the short film Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and South by Southwest.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Armisen was born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi but moved to New York as a baby.
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