- NAME: Fred Armisen
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Drummer
- BIRTH DATE: December 04, 1966 (Age: 47)
- Did You Know?: Fred Armisen got his start as a drummer, even performing with the acclaimed Blue Man Group, before joining the cast of 'SNL.'
- EDUCATION: School of Visual Arts
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Fred Armisen is an Emmy Award-nominated writer, musician and actor known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia.
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Born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Fred Armisen pursued a career as a musician before making it big in comedy, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live. He became known for his wide-ranging impersonations on the show while simultaneously working in film on projects like The Rocker, Deck the Halls and Easy A. He has also created and starred on the IFC series Portlandia.
"I don't play drums at home—that doesn't go over big in a New York City apartment—but I have my guitar sitting around in my living room like a pencil, waiting for me to pick it up."
"'Saturday Night Live' is like this 24-hour day job. You almost feel doing these sketches, bringing them to life, it's like having a baby every week. It's exhausting, so Sunday is very much a TV-watching day."
"On 'Portlandia,' we're not mocking Portland's progressive, feminist, do-it-yourself vibe. We're celebrating it."
Famed actor and comedian Fred Armisen was born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to international parentage, with his mother having a Venezuelan background and his father being of Japanese/German descent. The young Armisen grew up on Long Island, having traveled to Brazil as well, and eventually attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he focused on film production.
Music was another love of Armisen's, and in the '90s, he joined the Chicago-based punk band Trenchmouth. Armisen also played with the Windy City's own Blue Man Group and the band Those Bastard Souls before heading to the South by Southwest Music Festival and creating the parody video Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and SXSW with his wife, Sally Timms.
Armisen's work created buzz, and he became an on-air personality for the HBO music show Reverb, also showcasing his comedic talent in between network programming. Around the turn of the century, he was appearing on late night variety shows and hitting the comedy circuit, later becoming known for characters like the drum-playing Fericito.
In 2002, Armisen joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Over time, he garnered a reputation for strong impersonations, portraying a wide range of figures that have included President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, Martin Scorsese, Tony Danza and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also appeared on other comedic series such as The Sarah Silverman Program and 30 Rock.
Armisen began to develop a career on the big screen as well, appearing in many films during the first decade of the 2000s. Some of his work included the Will Ferrell comedic vehicle Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), the sexual drama Kiss Me Again (2006), the surrogacy spoof starring fellow SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Baby Mama (2008), and the Emma Stone teen satire Easy A (2010).
Armisen has also done voiceover work for the Smurfs film series (2011 and 2013) and appeared on the animated TV shows Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies—both on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" segment.
Armisen had worked with Carrie Brownstein of the feminist rock band Sleater-Kinney to form the comedy duo ThunderAnt. The two collaborated with director and co-writer Jonathan Krisel to create and star on the IFC series Portlandia, featuring witty, humorous skits set in Portland, Oregon.
Following its third season in 2013, Portlandia, a critical smash, was awarded a fourth season.
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