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Fred Armisen

Armisen is currently in his fifth season on Saturday Night Live. In his first year, his character the Venezuelan comedian Fericito coached Senator John McCain through his opening monologue and brought laughs to Weekend Update. He now has his own recurring sketch, Showbiz Grande Explosion. In addition, Armisen provided the (late) rimshots as the geriatric drummer Mackey for Chris Kattan's burned-out Vegas act Buddy Mills 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, the host of the musician's often-silent talk show The Prince Show.

He 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 posing as a music journalist through the Austin, Texas South by Southwest Music Festival.

Armisen 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. His films include Anchorman: The Story of Ron Burghendy, Eurotrip, and the upcoming Deck the Halls and Quebec, co-starring with John C. Reilly.

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Fred Armisen Facts

BirthdayDecember 4, 1966 (57)
BirthplaceValley Stream, Long Island, New York, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Fred Armisen compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Zoolander No. 2: The Magnum Edition
The Smurfs
The Smurfs 2
The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow
Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
The Rocker
The Smurfs Christmas Carol
Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC
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