Fred Armisen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Seth Meyers announced that his former Saturday Night Live costar Fred Armisen will be the frontman in his Late Night band.

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

Out of all the characters he’s played on the SNLJoy Behar, former Governor David Patterson, and Larry King — the most memorable will always be President Obama.

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

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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’

This IFC show is about and filmed in Portland, Oregon. Armisen co-wrote and co-created the show with Carrie Brownstein. They both also star in the series, which won two Emmys in 2013.

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.

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