“I always wanted to be famous,” Armisen once told Howard Stern, “but I thought it was going to be through drumming.” As a recipe for world domination, “it doesn’t make any sense,” he tells me.
“But then it turned out that it did.” Wherever he was — in the tour van, behind the drums, working the phones at the Chicago club Lounge Ax — Armisen was a one-man band of pranks, impressions, and kid-gloved mockeries.
,” the classic Portlandia sketch of literate one-upsmanship. He soaked up punk and Devo, Andy Kaufman and his mother’s idol Chevy Chase.
Did you see him as an erotica-writing roommate on New Girl? An aspiring musician–health inspector on Bob’s Burgers? He went to the School of Visual Arts, met Trenchmouth singer Damon Locks, dropped out, and moved to Chicago.
A former recording studio retrofitted for a niche upscale market, it feels exactly like the kind of place Fred Armisen — drummer, self-mocking hipster, TV-comedy perpetual-motion machine — would recommend for an interview.
Armisen doesn’t so much arrive as nonchalantly materialize.
Now, I feel like we've grown up and have a lot going on behind the scenes, which feels pretty great I have to say' Last time me n @mrclea were at Sundance together.
#butimacheerleader sorry in advance if I put up a bunch of shots- already feeling sentimental that I get to be here w Clea& @chloessevigny.
“It’s a great Fred character,” says Odenkirk, “a huge asshole who’s got his assholeness well hidden.” Odenkirk put him in an unproduced Fox pilot, Next! During Armisen’s long tenure there, “he just got clearer on the pure essence of his comedy,” says Michaels.
This afternoon, he is due back at Rockefeller Center for the Monday pitch meeting that launches his one-week return to host the season-41 finale.
He flew in yesterday from his Los Angeles home to the apartment he keeps in Manhattan.
“Everywhere I go somebody says something to me,” Armisen said.
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