Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2002. He is well known for his impressions which include Barack Obama, Prince, Steve Jobs, and David Paterson, the Governor of New York. Before joining the comedy game Fred was a respected musician, playing drums for Trenchmouth and Blue Man Group. Recently his sketch duo Thunderant created the IFC sketch show Portlandia.

Guest Appearances

December 6, 2021

Samantha Bee sits down with actor, comedian, and drummer extraordinaire, Fred Armisen to discuss returning to live comedy shows, performing for an audience, why every house should have a drum set, the first concerts they ever went to and what it’s like to meet your idols.

January 10, 2021

Comedian and actor Fred Armisen feels productive about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.


Fred sits down with Conan to talk about approaching life from a drummer’s mentality, being a tech wiz, and hating the beach. Later, Conan responds to an issue with show merchandise as he and his team Review the Reviewers.


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July 23, 2020

Comedian and actor Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Big Mouth, Portlandia, Los Espookys) stops by to talk with writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell about his history with doing stand-up at Largo in Los Angeles, his first appearance on Late Night with Conan as a self defense expert, how SNL strips you of your ego, and more.

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September 26, 2016

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all back to Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at Outside Lands in San Francisco! This week, Paul’s special guest is Fred Armisen of Portlandia and Saturday Night Live! They chat about whether a cheeseburger is a part of the sandwich family, discovering that Alzheimer’s didn’t mean “old timers,” and the true meaning of the Madonna song “Like A Prayer.” Paul is then joined by Craig Cackowski, Tawny Newsome, and Little Janet Varney, to improvise a story set in Madrid. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

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May 2, 2013

Fred Armisen & Jake have been buds for a long time and are here to talk about all things Punk on today’s edition of THE FOGELNEST FILES! Fred tells us about filming interviews as different characters in his 1998 SXSW Guide to Music, gives us a behind the scenes look at the History of Punk SNL sketch, and explains why the idea of Portlandia was almost organic. Fred & Jake also take a look at The Specials SNL performance, The Damned on The Young Ones, and Dee Dee Ramone’s foray into Hip-Hop as Dee Dee King. Make sure to leave reviews for Crisis of Conformity’s “Fist Fight!” in “The Fogelnest Files” section on iTunes. If you’re listening to this the day it drops, be sure to tune in to a special LIVE video podcast of THE FOGELNEST FILES w/ Howard Kremer & Kulap Vilaysack of Who Charted? on Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm PST/9pm EST over at!

June 22, 2012

What would a 100th episode be without a Sklarbitration, topless golfing women, and old Greek man pillows? Fred Armisen, of Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, has been friends with Randy and Jason Sklar for over a decade, and the show is filled with old gags and new ones. Throw in a phone call with Former Gov. Jesse Ventura, and let me tell you, McMahon, this is one for the books.