Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen (born December 4, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013. Armisen has portrayed 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. Armisen founded ThunderAnt.com, a website that features the comedy sketches created with Brownstein, and is the bandleader and frequent drummer for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band.
For his work on Portlandia, Armisen was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014. He has also won two Peabody Awards, one in 2008 as part of the Saturday Night Live political satire cast and one in 2011 for Portlandia.
Armisen at the 2014 Imagen Foundation Awards
Fereydun Robert Armisen
December 4, 1966
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.
|Residence||Silver Lake, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||School of Visual Arts|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, producer, musician|
(m. 1998; div. 2004)
(m. 2009; div. 2011)
|Partner(s)||Natasha Lyonne (2014–present)|
|Genres||Punk rock, indie rock, art rock, musical comedy|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums|
|Associated acts||Carrie Brownstein, The 8G Band, Trenchmouth|
Armisen was born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He moved with his family to New York as a baby and briefly lived in Brazil in his youth. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York, where he was a high school classmate of fellow SNL alumnus Jim Breuer.
His mother, schoolteacher Hildegardt (Mirabal Level), is a Venezuelan immigrant who was born in San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela, and has family from San Rafael de Atamaica, Apure. His father, Fereydun Herbert "Fred" Armisen, who worked for IBM, was born in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany, to a German mother and Korean-born father, Pak Yeong-In. For much of his life, Fred had incorrectly thought his paternal grandfather to have been Japanese; his grandfather was actually born in Ulsan, Korea, and had adopted a Japanese name and persona after the massacre of Koreans in 1923 when he was a high school student. Pak was a prominent dancer and choreographer Ehara Masami (Japanese: 江原正美 Hepburn: Ehara Masami), better known by his professional pseudonym Masami Kuni (Japanese: 邦正美 Hepburn: Kuni Masami, or marked as Korean: 방정미; RR: Bang Jeongmi; MR: Pang Chŏngmi) or birth name Bak Yeong-in (Korean: 박영인; Hanja: 朴永仁; RR: Bak Yeongin; MR: Pak Yŏngin). Kuni studied aesthetics in Tokyo Imperial University and became a professional dancer before moving to Germany. He worked as a spy for Japan in Europe. Pak Yeong-In's family were members of the Korean aristocracy, who could verifiably trace their lineage back to the 1600s.
Armisen attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan 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.
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. 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.
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.
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 repertory cast member status.
Armisen has landed several minor yet memorable roles that were defined by an interviewer as "feral foreigners" in comedy films such as Eurotrip, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Deck the Halls, The Ex, The Promotion, The Rocker, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Further television work included an appearance on Parks and Recreation in the 2009 episode "Sister City". For the Cartoon Network series The Looney Tunes Show (2011-2014), Armisen voices Speedy Gonzales. He and fellow Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Seth Meyers write, produce, and star in the IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now! which premiered in 2015.
Armisen stars in the IFC sketch series Portlandia alongside Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney); the first season debuted on January 21, 2011. With Brownstein, he appeared on the 2012 Simpsons episode "The Day the Earth Stood Cool", in which they play the Simpsons' new neighbors, who encourage everyone to be cool like them.
Armisen joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2002, and is the second Latino cast member. He was promoted to a repertory player in 2004. After 11 years as a cast member, he decided to leave the show. At the time of his 2013 departure from the show, Armisen was the third-longest tenured cast member (behind Seth Meyers and Darrell Hammond). Since then, Armisen has come back for multiple cameo appearances on the show, including when he hosted the season 41 finale on May 21, 2016, with musical guest Courtney Barnett.
The following is a partial list of notable roles Armisen has played in Saturday Night Live sketches.
Armisen's list of notable impressions has included:
In 1998 he posed as a music journalist for the short film Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and South by Southwest. 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.
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. He also appeared in video segments on Blue Man Group's How to be a Megastar Tour 2.0. Armisen occasionally writes for Pitchfork Media and interviewed Cat Power for that company. 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". In 2010, Armisen briefly joined Joanna Newsom's tour for her album Have One on Me as his character Jens Hannemann. 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 performed as a singer/drummer/comedic actor in the Blue Man Group's "How to be a Megastar Live!". He played the part of a salesman on TV who advertises for the Megastar Rock Manual. He also drummed in the performance and was a backup singer.
Armisen was married to English singer and songwriter Sally Timms from 1998 to 2004 and to actress Elisabeth Moss from 2009 to 2011. He has been in a relationship with actress Natasha Lyonne since 2014.
Armisen, as of March 2018, resides in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Prior to his move he was a resident of Portland, Oregon's Pearl District. He has stated that he is an atheist.
Armisen is a fan of the video game Red Dead Redemption. On a 2018 episode of Larry King Now, he described himself as being "very good" at the game. This prompted the studio Rockstar Games to cast him in the next installment of the series, Red Dead Redemption 2. He is also a self-proclaimed fan of black metal and death metal.
As a member of Trenchmouth:
|1998||Guide to Music and South by Southwest||Various||Short film|
|1998||Fred Armisen's Guide to Dance and Self-Defense||Various||Short film|
|2002||I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco||Himself|
|2002||Like Mike||New Age Dad|
|2003||Frank International Film Festival||Frank||Short film|
|2003||Melvin Goes to Dinner||Vesa|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Tino|
|2004||Eurotrip||Creepy Italian Guy|
|2004||Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||Tino|
|2005||Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Frenchman||Uncredited|
|2006||Deck the Halls||Gustave|
|2006||Griffin & Phoenix||Unknown|
|2006||Kiss Me Again||Professor Szabo|
|2006||Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny||Security Guard|
|2007||Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters||Time Lincoln (voice)|
|2008||Baby Mama||Stroller Salesman|
|2008||Christmas on Mars||Noachis|
|2008||The Promotion||Scott Fargas|
|2008||The Rocker||Wayne Kerr|
|2008||Bang Blow & Stroke||Kerr||Short film|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Ryan Koening|
|2009||Post Grad||Guacanator Pitchman|
|2010||Cop Out||Russian Lawyer|
|2010||Our Family Wedding||Phillip Gusto|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Freidrich|
|2010||Presidential Reunion||Barack Obama||Short film|
|2011||The Smurfs||Brainy Smurf (voice)|
|2011||The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol||Brainy Smurf (voice)||Short film|
|2012||The Dictator||Death to Aladeen Restaurant waiter||Cameo|
|2012||Fun World||Fred (voice)||Short film|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Brainy Smurf (voice)|
|2013||The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow||Brainy Smurf (voice)||Short film|
|2015||Addicted to Fresno||Gerald|
|2015||Staten Island Summer||Victor|
|2015||Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run||Speedy Gonzales (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2015||The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead||Himself||Documentary|
|2016||Zoolander 2||The VIP|
|2017||The Little Hours||Bishop Bartolomeo|
|2017||Take the 10||Driver|
|2017||The House of Tomorrow||Tour Video Narrator (voice)|
|2017||Battle of the Sexes||Rheo Blair|
|2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||Cole (voice)|
|2018||Game Over, Man!||Himself|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Uber Driver||Post-production|
|2001||Late Friday||Father Fred, Fericito||2 episodes|
|2001||Premium Blend||Sergeant Fred||2 episodes|
|2002||Late World with Zach||Interpretive Bongos Wizard, Various||29 episodes|
|2002–18||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host), Various||229 episodes|
|2003–07||Crank Yankers||Chip Douglas (voice)||13 episodes|
|2004||Comedy Lab||Jeremy||1 episode|
|2004, 2008||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Poncho, Robot Husband (voices)||2 episodes|
|2005||New York Noise||Himself||Episode: "Beggars Group 10th Anniversary in NYC Party"|
|2005–08||Squidbillies||Miguel, Jesus, Hippie (voices)||4 episodes|
|2006||Freak Show||Various Voices||3 episodes|
|2006||Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education||Himself, Prince||Television special|
|2006||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Phillip Priest (voice)||Episode: "Jeffy the Sea Serpent"|
|2007, 2012||30 Rock||Raheem Haddad, Frank 2.0 / Phone Lady||2 episodes|
|2007||Tim and Eric Nite Live!||Dr. Pat Gordon Hall||1 episode|
|2007, 2008||Human Giant||Himself, Dr. Marker, Doctor||3 episodes|
|2007, 2010||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Himself, Larry the Treasure Hunter||2 episodes|
|2008||The Sarah Silverman Program||Taylor Magenheim||Episode: "Patriot Tact"|
|2008||Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar 2.0||Rod Popeil||Television film|
|2008–12||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Various||8 episodes|
|2008, 2010||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Various||2 episodes|
|2009||Parks and Recreation||Raul||Episode: "Sister City"|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Larry King (voice)||Episode: "So You Want to Be a Vampire?"|
|2011–18||Portlandia||Various||Also co-creator, writer and executive producer |
Peabody Award (2012)
Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series (2013)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (2012–14)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety (including talk) series (2014)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
|2011–13||The Looney Tunes Show||Speedy Gonzales (voice)||30 episodes|
|2011||The Soup||Himself, CARL||Episode: "Fred Armisen"|
|2012||Up All Night||Gideon Kirk||Episode: "Hey Jealousy"|
|2012–13||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||Lady Hedith||5 episodes|
|2012||The Simpsons||Terrence (voice)||Episode: "The Day the Earth Stood Cool"|
|2012||Unsupervised||Martin (voice)||6 episodes|
|2013||Bob's Burgers||Tommy (voice)||Episode: "Nude Beach"|
|2013||Conan||Conan O'Brien||Episode: "Occupy Conan: When Outsourcing Goes Too Far"|
|2013||Kroll Show||Papi Jr||Episode: "Dine & Dash"|
|2013||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Osama Bin Laden||1 episode|
|2013||Out There||Terry Rosachristas (voice)||10 episodes|
|2013||The Awesomes||Stage Manager (voice)||Episode: "Pilot, Part 2"|
|2013–18||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Mlep(clay)nos||4 episodes|
|2014||Super Fun Night||Brian Headfoot||Episode: "Hostile Makeover"|
|2014||Broad City||Craigslist Baby||Episode: "What a Wonderful World"|
|2014–present||Late Night with Seth Meyers||Himself||Band leader|
|2014||House of Lies||Vincent||Episode: "Comeuppance"|
|2014||Chozen||Various Voices||Episode: "In a Pickle"|
|2014||Modern Family||Langham||Episode: "Las Vegas"|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Fred Armisen Wears Black Jeans & Glasses"|
|2014||Archer||Gustavo Calderon (voice)||5 episodes|
|2014||Mike Tyson Mysteries||Leprechaun (voice)||Episode: "Is Magic Real?"|
|2014||Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas||Chadwick (voice)||Television film|
|2015||30th Independent Spirit Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2015||Man Seeking Woman||Tanaka||Episode: "Sizzurp"|
|2015||7 Days in Hell||Edward Pudding||Television film|
|2015||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Dr. Weiss||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015–17||Difficult People||Garry Epstein||3 episodes|
|2015–present||Documentary Now!||Various||Also co-creator, writer and executive producer|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series (2016–17)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety Series (2017)
|2015, 2018||Robot Chicken||Various Voices||2 episodes|
|2016||New Girl||Brandon||Episode: "No Girl"|
|2016–17||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Robert Durst||4 episodes|
|2016||Man Seeking Woman||Jesus||Episode: "Honey"|
|2016||Blunt Talk||Dr. Larry Simon||Episode: "Love Is Not Linear"|
|2017||Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special||Peter Salanz||Variety special|
|2017–18||Nature Cat||Herbert the Hermit Crab (voice)||4 episodes|
|2017||Son of Zorn||Lord Vulchazor (voice)||Episode: "All Hail Son of Zorn"|
|2017||Animals.||Alabaster (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||Comrade Detective||Orzan (voice)||Episode: "Two Films for One Ticket"|
|2017–present||Big Mouth||Elliot Birch, Various Voices||10 episodes|
|2017||Lady Dynamite||Miss Cookie Wolf||Episode: "Apache Justice"|
|2017–18||The Last Man on Earth||Karl Cowperthwaite||4 episodes|
|2017–18||I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman||Jesus||2 episodes|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Mall Elf||Television special|
|2018–present||Final Space||KVN (voice)||10 episodes|
|2018||Splitting Up Together||Dr. Rydakto||Episode: "Letting Ghost"|
|2018||Forever||Oscar Hoffman||8 episodes|
|2018||Fortune Rookie||Fred||2 episodes|
|2019||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Itchy Cat||Episode: "I Need Some Balance"|
|2019||At Home with Amy Sedaris||Maximiliano||Episode: "Hospital-tality"|
|2019||Los Espookys||Tico||6 episodes|
|2008||Grand Theft Auto IV||Pervert, Hotdog Vendor, Internet Nerd|
|2010||Red Dead Redemption||Pharmacist|
|2013||The Smurfs 2||Brainy Smurf|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Hugh Harrison|
|2014||Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe||Speedy Gonzales|
|2018||Red Dead Redemption 2||Aldridge T. Abbington|
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February 24, 2014 – present
The 30th Independent Spirit Awards announced its nominees on November 30, 2014. The winners were announced on February 21, 2015. The ceremony was hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell.Documentary Now!
Documentary Now! is an American mockumentary television series, created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas, that premiered on August 20, 2015, on IFC. Armisen and Hader star in many episodes, and Thomas and Alex Buono co-direct most episodes. Hosted by Helen Mirren, the series spoofs celebrated documentary films by parodying the style of each documentary with a similar, but fictitious, subject. The third season premiered on February 20, 2019. On April 8, 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth season.Forever (2018 TV series)
Forever is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard that premiered on September 14, 2018 on Amazon Video. It starred Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, both of whom also executive produce alongside Yang, Hubbard, Dave Becky, and Tim Sarkes.
On July 27, 2019, the series was cancelled after one season.Julio Torres
Julio Torres (born February 11, 1987) is a Salvadoran writer, comedian, and actor. He is best known as a writer for Saturday Night Live and for starring in the HBO series Los Espookys alongside Fred Armisen. He previously wrote for The Chris Gethard Show on truTV.On August 10, 2019, Torres' special My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres premiered on HBO. In the special, Torres explores his favorite shapes, which include a plexiglass square, an oval that wishes he were a circle, a self-conscious cactus and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. The special is directed by Dave McCary and executive produced by Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels.List of Portlandia episodes
Portlandia is an American satire television series created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel. The series stars Armisen and Brownstein. It premiered on January 21, 2011, on IFC. During the course of the series, 77 episodes of Portlandia aired over eight seasons.List of Saturday Night Live musical sketches
Saturday Night Live has featured many recurring characters that appear in sketches with a musical theme. In addition there are characters listed here who predominantly featured music, but may not have exclusively featured it.
Nick The Lounge Singer (Bill Murray) – April 16, 1977
The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi) – April 22, 1978
Candy Slice (Gilda Radner) – December 9, 1978
Buckwheat (Eddie Murphy) – October 10, 1981
Pudge & Solomon (Joe Piscopo, Eddie Murphy) – January 30, 1982
The Sweeney Sisters (Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Marc Shaiman) – October 18, 1986
Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein's Monster (Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman) – December 19, 1987
I'm Chillin' (Chris Rock, Chris Farley) – January 12, 1991
Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992
Mighty Mack Blues (John Goodman) – March 25, 1995
G-Dog (Tim Meadows) – December 2, 1995
The Roxbury Guys (Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell) – March 23, 1996
The Culps (Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell) – November 2, 1996
Janet Reno's Dance Party (Will Ferrell) – January 11, 1997
The DeMarco Brothers (Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan) – March 15, 1997
Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998
7 Degrees Celsius (Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – January 16, 1999
Gemini's Twin (Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer) – November 4, 2000
Rap Street (Jerry Minor, Horatio Sanz) – November 18, 2000
Season's Greetings From Saturday Night Live (Christmas is Number One) (Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan) – December 16, 2000
The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003
Mascots (Justin Timberlake) – October 11, 2003
The Prince Show (Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph) – February 14, 2004
The Lundford Twins Feel Good Variety Hour (Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler) – January 22, 2005
Deep House Dish (Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg) – November 19, 2005
The Lawrence Welk Show (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – October 4, 2008
Les Jeunes de Paris (Taran Killam) - October 23, 2010List of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches
The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized by the season and date in which the sketch first appeared.
For an alphabetical list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically).Los Espookys
Los Espookys is an American comedy television series that premiered on June 14, 2019 on HBO. In July 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.Portlandia (TV series)
Portlandia is a sketch comedy television series set and filmed in and around Portland, Oregon, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. The show was produced by Broadway Video Television and IFC Original Productions. It was created by Armisen and Brownstein, along with Jonathan Krisel, who directs it. It debuted on IFC on January 21, 2011.The show shared its title with the sculpture of the same name that sits above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland, which appears in the show's title sequence. The show has won a Peabody Award.
In January 2017, the series was renewed for an eighth and final season, which concluded on March 22, 2018.Portlandia (season 2)
The second season of the television comedy Portlandia began airing on IFC in the United States on January 6, 2012, consisting a total of 10 episodes. The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.Portlandia (season 3)
The third season of the television comedy Portlandia began airing on IFC in the United States on December 14, 2012, consisting a total of 11 episodes. Season three kicked off with a special Christmas episode. The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.Portlandia (season 5)
The fifth season of the television comedy Portlandia began airing on IFC in the United States on January 8, 2015, consisting a total of 10 episodes. The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.Portlandia (season 6)
The sixth season of the television comedy Portlandia began airing on IFC in the United States on January 21, 2016, consisting a total of 10 episodes. The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series is an award presented to the best sketch comedy-driven variety show of the year.
In 2015, Outstanding Variety Series was separated into two categories – Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically)
The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized alphabetically by title. The referenced date is the date when the sketch first appeared.
For a chronological list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches.Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update
Weekend Update has been a platform for Saturday Night Live characters to grow and gain popularity ever since Gilda Radner used it to create Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. Many cast members have used Update as the primary vehicle for a certain character. Don Novello was featured almost exclusively on the news segment as his breakout character, Father Guido Sarducci, and Tim Kazurinsky, in the face of Eddie Murphy's overshadowing popularity, created characters almost exclusively for Update. Before becoming an anchor on Update, Colin Quinn used the segment as his main sounding board as well.
Significant characters who appeared chiefly on Weekend Update are listed here in chronological order of their first appearance.
Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) – November 15, 1975
Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) – January 21, 1978 (first overall appearance was in a fake commercial called "Hire the Incompetent" which aired on the season 3 episode hosted by Charles Grodin)
Lester Crackfield (Al Franken) – February 18, 1978
Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) – May 13, 1978
Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris) – November 11, 1978
Big Vic Ricker (Harry Shearer) – January 26, 1980
Dr. Jack Badofsky (Tim Kazurinsky) – March 20, 1982
Siobhan Cahill (Mary Gross) – January 22, 1983
Dwight MacNamara (Gary Kroeger) – November 12, 1983
Worthington Clotman (Tim Kazurinsky) – January 28, 1984
Wayne Huevos (Tim Kazurinsky) – February 18, 1984
Lew Goldman (Billy Crystal) – October 13, 1984
Buddy Young, Jr. (Billy Crystal) – October 20, 1984
Nathan Thurm (Martin Short) – November 17, 1984
Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar (Jon Lovitz) – November 16, 1985
Babette (Nora Dunn) – April 19, 1986
Mr. Subliminal (Kevin Nealon) – October 11, 1986
A Grumpy Old Man (Dana Carvey) – February 11, 1989
Annoying Man (Jon Lovitz) – November 11, 1989
Queen Shenequa (Ellen Cleghorne) – October 26, 1991
Jan Brady (Melanie Hutsell) – January 11, 1992
Cajun Man (Adam Sandler) – February 8, 1992
Buster Jenkins (Chris Rock) – February 15, 1992
Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992
Hank Fielding (Robert Smigel) – November 14, 1992
Bennett Brauer (Chris Farley) – April 10, 1993
The British Fops (Mark McKinney, David Koechner) – November 11, 1995
Joe Blow (Colin Quinn) – November 18, 1995
Gary Macdonald (David Koechner) – December 2, 1995
Lenny The Lion (Colin Quinn) – December 9, 1995
Cinder Calhoun (Ana Gasteyer) – November 23, 1996
Dominican Lou (Tracy Morgan) – March 22, 1997
Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998
Jacob Silj (Will Ferrell) – December 4, 1999
Jasper Hahn (Horatio Sanz) – January 8, 2000
Jeannie Darcy (Molly Shannon) – November 18, 2000
Gay Hitler (Chris Kattan) – October 13, 2001
Drunk Girl (Jeff Richards) – December 8, 2001
Fericito (Fred Armisen) – October 5, 2002
Tim Calhoun (Will Forte) – October 19, 2002
The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003
Billy Smith (Fred Armisen) – October 18, 2003
Jorge Rodriguez (Horatio Sanz) – May 1, 2004
Jon Bovi (Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis) – October 7, 2006
Two Gay Guys from Jersey (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader) – October 28, 2006
Aunt Linda (Kristen Wiig) – December 2, 2006
Nicholas Fehn (Fred Armisen) – October 13, 2007
Roger A. Trevanti (Fred Armisen) – November 3, 2007 (was a one-shot character that gained a following on YouTube videos during the 2007–2008 Writers' Guild of America strike)
Judy Grimes (Kristen Wiig) – April 12, 2008
Jean K. Jean (Kenan Thompson) – March 8, 2008
Garth and Kat (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – December 19, 2009
Stefon (Bill Hader) – April 24, 2010 (first overall appearance was in a one-shot sketch on the season 34 episode hosted by Ben Affleck)
Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) – October 2, 2010
Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan)
Best Friends from Growing Up (Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer)
The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With (Cecily Strong)
One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy (Cecily Strong)Sister City (Parks and Recreation)
"Sister City" is the fifth episode of the second season of Parks and Recreation, and the eleventh overall episode of the series. It originally aired on NBC in the United States on October 15, 2009. In the episode, Leslie welcomes a delegation from Venezuela, who act disrespectfully toward Pawnee and the United States.
The episode was written by Alan Yang and directed by series co-creator Michael Schur. It featured Saturday Night Live performer Fred Armisen in a guest appearance as Raul, the head of the Venezuelan delegation. According to Nielsen Media Research, the episode was seen by 4.69 million household viewers, a drop from the previous week. The episode received generally positive reviews.Somebody to Love (30 Rock)
"Somebody to Love" is the sixth episode of the second season of 30 Rock, and the twenty-seventh episode overall. It was written by Kay Cannon and the series' creator, Tina Fey, and was directed by Beth McCarthy. The episode first aired on November 15, 2007 on the NBC network in the United States. Guest stars in this episode include Hamza Ahmed, Fred Armisen, Kevin Brown, Chris Caniglia, Grizz Chapman, Matthieu Cornillon, Michael Devine, Edie Falco, John Lutz, Maulik Pancholy, Christianne Tisdale and Kristen Wiig.The episode focuses on Jack Donaghy's (Alec Baldwin) first meeting with Celeste "C.C." Cunningham (Edie Falco), (played in a movie-of-the-week by Kristen Wiig); Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) believes that her new neighbor, Raheem Haddad (Fred Armisen), is a terrorist; and Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) accidentally loses a pair of Jack's trousers. Kristen Wiig makes an appearance in a movie-of-the-week as C.C. Cunningham.The 8G Band
The 8G Band is the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers. The band is led by Saturday Night Live alumnus Fred Armisen. He assembled the 8G Band, named for the studio where the show is taped, just two weeks before the test show. He texted friends Seth Jabour, Syd Butler and Eli Janney ("What are you guys doing this week?"), then found first drummer Kimberly Thompson through an audition. Guitarist Marnie Stern later joined as well.
Fred Armisen at times is gone from the line-up to film and promote various projects, thus providing opportunities for guest musicians to sit in with The 8G Band. Some notable names to sit in on the drum kit include:
Abe Laboriel Jr.
Brad WilkOther musicians have also sat in with the band, including: