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About Fred Armisen

In his first year on Saturday Night Live, Armisen scored with his character "Fericito." The Venezuelan comedian coached Senator John McCain through his opening monologue and brought big laughs to "Weekend Update" and now his own recurring sketch "Showbiz Grande Explosion" with his Latin style and catchphrase "I'm just keeeeeeding." In addition, Armisen provided the (late) rimshots for Chris Kattan's burned out Vegas act "Buddy Mills" as the geriatric drummer "Mackey" in the recurring "All Night Vegas" sketches and as the European VJ Leonard on Club Traxxx, the Native American comic Billy Smith, the adult education advocate Gabe Fisher and as Prince as the host of the musician's often-silent talk show "The Prince Show."

Armisen landed on Rolling Stone's "Hot List" as well as feature film roles in Eurotrip, Will Ferrell's Anchorman and Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo. This summer he is starring in two movies: Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black and Fast Track with Zach... Read More »

In his first year on Saturday Night Live, Armisen scored with his character "Fericito." The Venezuelan comedian coached Senator John McCain through his opening monologue and brought big laughs to "Weekend Update" and now his own recurring sketch "Showbiz Grande Explosion" with his Latin style and catchphrase "I'm just keeeeeeding." In addition, Armisen provided the (late) rimshots for Chris Kattan's burned out Vegas act "Buddy Mills" as the geriatric drummer "Mackey" in the recurring "All Night Vegas" sketches and as the European VJ Leonard on Club Traxxx, the Native American comic Billy Smith, the adult education advocate Gabe Fisher and as Prince as the host of the musician's often-silent talk show "The Prince Show."

Armisen landed on Rolling Stone's "Hot List" as well as feature film roles in Eurotrip, Will Ferrell's Anchorman and Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo. This summer he is starring in two movies: Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny with Jack Black and Fast Track with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman.

Armisen began his career as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with 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.

He has brought his characters to Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Chicago Comedy Festival and programs on British television. He has also appeared on HBO's music show Reverb and in his own eponymous interstitial series on HBO Zone as well as in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.

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