Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen is the co‐creator, co‐writer and co‐star of Portlandia. In 2012, he received an Emmy® nomination in the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” category for his work on the series. Armisen is also in his eleventh season of Saturday Night Live. On SNL, he has engaged audiences with memorable impressions of former New York Governor David Paterson, Larry King, Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi, President Barack Obama, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the popular digital short “Iran So Far Away,” and Prince, the often‐silent host of the musician’s talk show “The Prince Show.” Other unforgettable characters of Armisen’s include the distracted court stenographer Elinda Nade, the political comedian Nicholas Fehn and Mr. Vogelcheck in the “too close for comfort” kissing family.

Armisen has landed on Rolling Stone ‘s “Hot List” and has been included several times on Entertainment Weekly ‘s “Must List.” He has appeared in countless feature films, including the animated feature The Smurfs, Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, Easy A alongside Emma Stone, The Rocker opposite Rainn Wilson, Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fisher and The Promotion with John C. Reilly. He has also appeared in the films Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black, The Ex with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman, as well as Eurotrip, and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Armisen began his career as a musician in the Chicago‐based post‐punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with the Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came with the 1998 underground short film Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and SXSW which followed him through the Austin, Texas “South By Southwest Music Festival” posing as a music journalist. In 2006, he interviewed Cat Power for the influential music website He then combined his love for music and comedy by creating the role of drummer Jens Hannemann and releasing an instructional DVD, Complicated Drumming Technique, in 2007.

He has made guest appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, and the cable comedy shows The Sarah Silverman Show, Human Giant and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  He was also seen in the smash kids show Yo Gabba Gabba on Nickelodeon.

Armisen lives in New York City. His birthday is December 4.


SF Sketchfest Tribute to Portlandia
Wednesday, January 30th, 8pm, Herbst Theatre