Fred Armisen

Fereydun Robert "Fred" Armisen[1] (born December 4, 1966)[2] is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013.[3] 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, 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[4] 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[5] and one in 2011 for Portlandia.[6]

Fred Armisen
Armisen speaking at Cinequest film festival, San Jose, CA 2017
Armisen at the 2014 Imagen Foundation Awards
Fereydun Robert Armisen

December 4, 1966 (age 52)
ResidenceSilver Lake, California, U.S.
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, musician
Years active1984–present
Sally Timms
(m. 1998; div. 2004)

Elisabeth Moss
(m. 2009; div. 2011)
Partner(s)Natasha Lyonne (2014–present)
Musical career
GenresPunk rock, indie rock, art rock, musical comedy
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums
LabelsSkene!/East West
Associated actsCarrie Brownstein, The 8G Band, Trenchmouth

Early life and education

Armisen was born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He moved with his family to New York as a baby[7] and briefly lived in Brazil in his youth. He was raised in Valley Stream, New York,[7] where he was a high school classmate of fellow SNL alumnus Jim Breuer.[8]

His mother, schoolteacher Hildegardt (Mirabal Level), is a Venezuelan immigrant who was born in San Fernando de Apure,[9] Venezuela, and has family from San Rafael de Atamaica, Apure.[10][11] 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.[11][12][13] 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.[14][15] 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 Korean방정미; RRBang Jeongmi; MRPang Chŏngmi) or birth name Bak Yeong-in (Korean박영인; Hanja朴永仁; RRBak Yeongin; MRPak Yŏngin).[11][16] Kuni studied aesthetics in Tokyo Imperial University and became a professional dancer before moving to Germany.[17] 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.[11]

Armisen attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan[18] before dropping out to begin a career as a rock drummer.[7] He has mentioned watching the bands The Clash and Devo perform on television and wanting to be a performer since he was a child.[19]



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,[20] 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,[21] as well as tracks for Matthew Sweet's 2011 album Modern Art[22] and Wandering Lucy's 2015 album Leap Year.[22]

Armisen is the bandleader and frequent drummer[23] of the 8G Band, the house band for Late Night with Seth Meyers, as of February 24, 2014.[24]

Television and film

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."[25]

Armisen's subsequent television work, such as some "memorable Andy Kaufman–esque appearances"[26] 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.[26] 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"[27] 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".[28] 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![29] 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.[30] 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.[31][32]

Armisen's recent work as bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers has won him praise for his deadpan comedy, especially in his interplay with the host.[33]

Saturday Night Live

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,[3][34] 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.

Recurring characters

  • Billy Smith – a Native American stand-up comedian who tells Native-American-themed jokes that no one understands.
  • Fericito – a Venezuelan nightclub comedian who has his own TV show, Show Biz Grande Explosion with sidekick Manuel (Horatio Sanz).
  • Gunther Kelly – a student at George Washington University who performs songs on Weekend Update with his brother Patrick (played by Will Forte).
  • Leonard – the strange European host of the foreign music show Club Traxx.
  • Mackey – a senile drummer who often does rimshots at inappropriate moments and appears in the "Rialto Grande" sketches.
  • Nooni Schoener – a quirky, foreign art dealer who appears with his wife Nuni Schoener (played by Maya Rudolph) in "the Schoeners" sketches)
  • Frondi – a mentally challenged character who criticizes Ben Affleck's movie Gigli to Ben himself.
  • Manuel Ortiz – host of The Manuel Ortiz show on Television Dominicana where he "helps with whatever it is" his audience members are going through.
  • Nicholas Fehn – a political commentator whose mind wanders so much that he is incapable of finishing a sentence without starting a new one.
  • Roger A. Trevanti – a greedy studio head and AMPTP member who rails against the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. The character's only SNL appearance was on the last episode of season 33, before the show went on hiatus for the WGA strike, but he appeared in several Internet videos around the same time.
  • Roger Brush – a producer of multiple "Dr. Phil"-type talk shows, each focused on a different topic (teen, marital, sexual, and pregnancy issues), who fills in when the hosts are sick. He repeatedly tells guests relating their problems to speak up, and, unable to relate to their problems, offers them either useless advice based on his experience or no help at all.
  • Garth – part of Garth & Kat (with Kristen Wiig), a musical duo who appear on Weekend Update unprepared and make up songs on the spot.
  • Giuseppe – the saxophone player for What's Up With That?
  • Stewart – homeowner from The Californians, a soap opera parody featuring Armisen, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and others as wealthy blondes with Valley girl accents.
  • One of the "Dictator's Two Best Friends from Growing Up" (with Vanessa Bayer) who come to Weekend Update to secretly trash-talk the various dictators (such as Muammar al-Gaddafi and Kim Jong-un) with whom they grew up.
  • Regine – a pretentious and condescending woman who exhibits blatant euphoric and erotic facial expressions when touched on certain parts of her body.
  • Ian Rubbish – A late-1970s/early-80s British punk rocker, a parody of Sex Pistols' John Lydon, who caught heat from his bandmates Derek Gash (played by Bill Hader) and Keith Grimshaw (played by Taran Killam) and fans for writing and performing songs supporting conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Celebrity impressions

Armisen's list of notable impressions has included:

  • Barack Obama – recurring in Season 33 and Season 34 episodes as the Democratic presidential candidate (Season 33), the Democratic nominee, President-elect, and President (Season 34), beginning on February 23, 2008. As of season 38, Jay Pharoah replaced Armisen as Obama.
  • Prince – parody of the musician as the host of a talk show called The Prince Show, with Beyoncé Knowles (played by Maya Rudolph) as his co-host. Armisen, a fan of Prince since childhood, created the sketch as a way of improving his chances of meeting the musician.[25]
  • Steve JobsApple CEO who appears on Weekend Update to show off strange new technology. Armisen has stated that Steve Jobs is the celebrity he most enjoys portraying.[35]
  • Ira Glass – After seeing an unused SNL sketch, Glass invited Armisen to co-host a This American Life episode about doppelgängers.[36]
  • David Paterson – Governor of New York. Armisen's Paterson impression, much like his Obama impression, caught controversy, though in this case, it was David Paterson himself who spoke out against the impression, as he felt it was insensitive to the blind and visually-impaired.
  • Queen Elizabeth II - There were four sketches between the years 2010 and 2012 where he played the Queen of England.

Other work

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.[37] 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.[38] 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".[39] In 2010, Armisen briefly joined Joanna Newsom's tour for her album Have One on Me as his character Jens Hannemann.[40] 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.[41]

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 of a salesman on TV who advertises for the Megastar Rock Manual. He also drummed in the performance and was a backup singer.

In late 2014, Armisen was featured on the popular comedy web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with host Jerry Seinfeld.

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.

In 2015, Armisen was the recipient of Smithsonian magazine's American Ingenuity Award for Performing Arts.[42]

Personal life

Armisen was married to English singer and songwriter Sally Timms from 1998 to 2004[43] and to actress Elisabeth Moss from 2009[44] to 2011.[45] 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.[46] Prior to his move he was a resident of Portland, Oregon's Pearl District.[47] He has stated that he is an atheist.[48]

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.[49] He is also a self-proclaimed fan of black metal and death metal.[50]


As a member of Trenchmouth:

  • Snakebite [EP] (1989)
  • Kick Your Mind And Make It Move [EP] (1991)
  • Construction of New Action (1991)
  • Trenchmouth / Circus Lupus [Split] (1992)
  • Inside the Future (1993)
  • The Position of the Right Hand: Trenchmouth / Bliss [Split] (1993)
  • Achtung Chicago! Zwei compilation (1993)
  • Trenchmouth vs. The Light of the Sun (1994)
  • The Broadcasting System (1995)
  • Volumes, Amplifiers, Equalizers (1995)
  • More Motion: A Collection (2003)



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Guide to Music and South by Southwest Various Short film
1998 Fred Armisen's Guide to Dance and Self-Defense[51] 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 The Ex Manny
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 Easy A Pastor
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
2014 Salad Days Himself Documentary
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
2016 Ordinary World Gary
2017 The Little Hours Bishop Bartolomeo
2017 Take the 10 Driver
2017 Band Aid Dave
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


Year Title Role Notes
1997–2001 Reverb Interviewer 82 episodes
1999 Fred Himself, Various Pilot
2001 Late Friday Father Fred, Fericito 2 episodes
2001 Premium Blend Sergeant Fred 2 episodes
2002 Next! Various Pilot
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

Video games

Year Title Role
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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Late Night bandleader
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30th Independent Spirit Awards

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, 2010

List 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:

Kenny Aronoff

Matt Cameron

Danny Carey

Patrick Carney

Jimmy Chamberlin

Abe Cunningham

Brann Dailor

Darren King

Abe Laboriel Jr.

Dave Lombardo

David Lovering

Nicko McBrain

Daxx Nielsen

Chad Smith

Nate Smith

Matt Sorum

Jon Theodore

Sebastian Thomson

Brad WilkOther musicians have also sat in with the band, including:

J Mascis

Bob Mould


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