— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 10, 2014
Here’s all you need to know about the talented comedian and musician.
1. He Left ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2013
After 11 years, the funnyman left the the sketch-comedy scene. Wanting to focus more on his television work, he told Rolling Stone his departure was a positive one:
I came away from Saturday Night Live feeling very well represented. I felt, and I still feel like, they let me do so much stuff that I wanted to do. Stuff that I almost didn’t even know what it was. I was like, this is kind of a little bit of an experiment, or this is just a band thing, this is just a music thing.
2. He’s Known for His Impression of President Obama
"Wow obama's fred armisen impression is on point" -me (snl or die) pic.twitter.com/vBUul7HT
— Lillian Karges (@lilliskkarges) February 13, 2013
He told Movieline how the presidential gig came out:
The way I started doing Obama was that Lorne called me into his office and said, ‘Why don’t you give Obama a try?’
3. He Was Married to Elisabeth Moss
Their marriage lasted eight months. In an interview with The New York Times, the Mad Men actress admitted she famously said, “He’s so great at doing impersonations, but the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.”
4. He Co-Wrote & Co-Created ‘Portlandia’
5. He’s Played in Punk Bands
Armisen told Movieline that his life as a musician wasn’t easy.
“I used to just tour around and play drums and it was really hard,” he said.
Rolling Stone explained his musical history like this:
A multi-instrumentalist, Armisen formerly played drums in punk band Trenchmouth and the Blue Man Group, and music is an essential element in his comedic style – from his British punk parody Ian Rubbish to his many musical performances on Portlandia and SNL.