Fred Armisen

From The TV IV
Jump to: navigation, search
Fred Armisen
Fred Armisen.jpg
Born December 4, 1966 in Valley Stream, New York, USA
Notable Roles Ensemble Member in Saturday Night Live
Notable Episodes

Fred Armisen is an American actor and musician best known for his work as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the 2000s.



Born December 4, 1966 in Valley Stream, New York, Fred Armisen began his entertainment career as a musician. In 1988, he moved from his native New York to Chicago, where he became a drummer for the punk band Trenchmouth. He also was a drummer for (but not a member of) the Chicago branch of the Blue Man Group.

However, Armisen was fascinated with comedy and even as a musician listed his influences as Andy Kaufman and Peter Sellers. In 1998, he filmed a short film, Guide to Music and South by Southwest, a mockumentary review of the famous Texas music festival. The underground success of the film led him to Los Angeles, where he wrote for and performed in the sketch troupe Largo, where he worked with comic and former Saturday Night Live writer Bob Odenkirk. He also performed stand-up comedy.

His success in comedy led him to a Saturday Night Live audition. The producers liked his work, and Armisen became a Featured Player. In the thirtieth season, he became a full-fledged ensemble member. He became famous there for his impressions of Prince and Tony Danza, amongst others, as well as his character Fericito.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Saturday Night Live Cast Member 2002–2013
Portlandia Cast Member 2011–2019 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Crank Yankers Chip Douglas 2x01 - Episode 201 March 4, 2003
Crank Yankers Chip Douglas 2x05 - Episode 205 April 1, 2003
Crank Yankers Chip Douglas 2x08 - Episode 208 April 22, 2003
Crank Yankers Chip Douglas 2x10 - Episode 210 May 6, 2003
Crank Yankers Chip Douglas 2x30 - Episode 230 August 17, 2004
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Poncho 3x12 - Hypno-Germ October 17, 2004
Squidbillies Miguel 1x02 - Take This Job and Love It October 23, 2005
Squidbillies Miguel 1x06 - Office Politics Trouble November 20, 2005
Tom Goes to the Mayor Phillip Priest 2x03 - Jeffy June 18, 2006
Squidbillies Miguel 2x05 - Giant Foam Dickhat Trouble October 16, 2006
Freak Show Dane Cheff 1x05 - Elections November 2, 2006
Freak Show Pastor Dan 1x06 - Mohel-Me-Not (1) November 16, 2006
Freak Show Pastor Dan 1x07 - Mohel-Me-Not (2) November 30, 2006
30 Rock Raheem Haddad 2x06 - Somebody to Love November 15, 2007
Tim and Eric Nite Live Dr. Pat Gordon Hall 1x03 - Episode 3 November 20, 2007
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! K.J. Nutt 2x09 - Pepperoni January 20, 2008
Squidbillies Hippie Killed with Chainsaw 3x06 - Earth Worst February 24, 2008
Human Giant Dr. Marker 2x05 - Still Here, Man. Still Here. April 8, 2008
The Sarah Silverman Program. Taylor Magenheim 2x10 - Patriot Tact October 23, 2008
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Tennis Buddy 4x10 - Tennis March 1, 2009

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo Himself August 8, 2005 Reel Comedy
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education Performer / Prince October 15, 2006
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education Performer April 13, 2008
2009 MTV Movie Awards Himself May 31, 2009 MTV Movie Awards

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1314 September 7, 2000
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1861 February 20, 2004
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 2031 March 4, 2005
The Tony Danza Show February 24, 2006
Real Time with Bill Maher Episode 130 August 29, 2008
Charlie Rose Saturday Night Live October 28, 2008
Entertainment Tonight October 28, 2008
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show 20 March 27, 2009


Series Produced

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
Portlandia 2011 Co-Executive Producer 1
2011 –2018 Executive Producer 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Documentary Now! 2015 –  Executive Producer 1 2 3 4
Forever 2018 Executive Producer 1
Los Espookys 2019 –  Executive Producer 1 2


Series Created

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
Portlandia January 21, 2011 Co-Creator
Documentary Now! August 20, 2015 Co-Creator
Los Espookys 2019 Co-Creator

Episodes Written

Awards and Accolades

MTV Movie Awards

    • Nominated: Best Musical Performance (2005) - "Afternoon Delight" - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


  • Claims to have done an impression of Prince and Steve Jobs to be able to meet the two of them. In February 2006, he got his wish with Prince when the musician was musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live. In the episode, Armisen again portrayed Prince in an instance of his recurring sketch, "The Prince Show," but Prince himself did not appear in the sketch.
  • Claims to have been upset the 2006 remake of The Pink Panther starred Steve Martin and not him.