Fred Armisen

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/17/11

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    November 12, 2014


    Comedy battles an outbreak.

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    September 17, 2014


    You can’t go wrong at this prime comedy fest

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Dinosaur Jr. to Headline Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival

    If you follow Late Night with Seth Meyers on Instagram, you already know Dinosaur Jr. guitarist/legend J Mascis is sitting in with Fred Armisen's 8G Band all week. So last night we decided to march on up to 30 Rock and ask if he and his band would do us the honor of playing our 4Knots Music Festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Eleanor Friedberger Comes Into Her Own

    Last September, Eleanor Friedberger flew out to Los Angeles with two goals in mind. First, she met with producer Eric Broucek to discuss the songs they had recently finished recording for her sophomore effort, Personal Record, a 12-song collection that showcases her work as a burgeoning indie-rock ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 24, 2013


    This isn’t an SNL skit

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Elvis Costello, D'Angelo, Chris Rock Pay Tribute to Prince - Carnegie Hall - 3/7/13

    Better Than: Sobbing silently while watching the club performance scene in Purple Rain on your couch for the 25th time this week... not that there's anything wrong with that. The stage was bigger, the venue more prestigious, and the atmosphere gave off a more purple hue. But then this was a Prince ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/18/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

  • Voice Choices

    February 13, 2013


    Yuk it up with Fred Armisen

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Raw Vegan Restaurants Have Fart Patios on Portlandia

    In this week's Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play two teachers who are just trying something that all their cool hip Portland students like: a raw vegan restaurant. They head to Prasad Cafe, which is actually real, vegan, and in Portland. But after dining -- "It felt like real foo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 9, 2013


    Take a class (sort of) 
with Fred Armisen

  • Voice Choices

    December 12, 2012


    Now obey your Principal Armisen

  • Voice Choices

    November 14, 2012


    Your guide to Portlandia is here

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Last Minute Music-Inspired Mashup Costumes For Your Already Busted Halloween

    Halloween on a Wednesday. It was a massive bummer before Sandy came and took a shit all over it. It makes sense if you've not yet picked out a costume. We've got some last minute, music-inspired costume suggestions. All of them are awful, maybe. But after all that's gone down these last few days, ex ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 16, 2012


    Fred Armisen plays his favorite songs

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    May 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Sandra Bernhard Outs Whitney

    On Rosie O'Donnell's show on OWN, Sandra Bernhard appeared. Must have been lesbian comic night. And Sandra said something to the effect that Whitney Houston's demise stemmed from an inability to accept her sexuality and the weirdness that resulted from that.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Live: The Secret Policeman's Ball Speaks Freely At Radio City Music Hall

    The Secret Policeman's Ball: Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, and many others Radio City Music Hall Sunday, March 4 Better than: Watching the Lohan Saturday Night Live on DVR. Going to a live show that's actually meant to be broadcast on television can be a deadly propositio ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 15, 2012
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    January 23, 2012

    Live: Fred Armisen And Carrie Brownstein Turn The Music Hall Of Williamsburg Into Brooklandia

    Portlandia: The Tour Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday, January 20 Better than: Watching television (but who has one anyway?). In the middle of a nearly two-hour set of live sketches, improv riffing, and unseen clips, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the stars of IFC's Portlandia, strapped on g ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 18, 2012


    Portlandia live on stage

  • Voice Choices

    December 7, 2011


    Plenty of Mirman for all

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Live: Yo La Tengo (and David Byrne! and Glenn Mercer!) Come Together For Japan at Maxwell's

    David Byrne and Yo La Tengo care. All photos by Jesse Jarnow.​Yo La Tengo Maxwell's Wednesday, March 23 Better than: Sitting home alone fretting about cataclysmic awfulness. It's been 26 years since Yo La Tengo played every Wednesday at Maxwell's, and a last-minute benefit for Peace Wi ... More >>

  • Music

    March 2, 2011

    Carrie Brownstein, Renaissance Grrl

    Life after Sleater-Kinney includes a comedy sideline and a new not-supergroup

  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2011


    Podcasting with indie greats in Gowanus

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Fred Armisen's Portlandia to Poke Fun at Food Culture in Portland

    From freeganism to hyper-locavorism, food culture in Portland is like Brooklyn dining on organic housemade crack. Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Life and Carrie Brownstein write and star in Portlandia, a comedy show premiering on IFC next month that pokes fun at, among other things, food culture i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2010

    Gov. David Paterson Coming to SNL Tonight

    ​"Fuck SNL and the whole cast," New York governor David Paterson rapped in his comeback single "Power," continuing, "Tell 'em David said they can kiss my whole ass." Now, after years of being somewhat mercilessly tortured by a Fred Armisen caricature (pictured) -- focused on the governor's bli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    This is What You Get for Saying "Fuck" On Your First Episode of Saturday Night Live: The New SNL Cast Primer

    ​Saturday Night Live is switching up their cast, and the New York Times has confirmed the new lineup. Who's out and who's in this season, which everyone will tell you is worse than the season before regardless?

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2010


    Comedy actors finally score a film break!

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Tim Gunn Added to Ludicrous Smurf Movie Roster

    As Tim Gunn would say, "This worries me." However, because we love nothing more than to keep you updated with regard to this godforsaken, East Village-invading Smurf movie, you ought to know that adorable Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn has been added to the cast.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    East Village Braces for Smurf Attack

    ​E.V. Grieve alerts us to this one: Signs are now posted on 7th Street and Avenue A warning residents that their cars will be towed if they're not moved by 10 p.m. Wednesday evening, because come Thursday morning, a Smurfy good time will ensue!

  • Voice Choices

    April 27, 2010


    Celebs show the downtown theater scene some love

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    The Census Is a Lot Like the Time You Lost Your Virginity

    Soooo awkward​So today's your last day to fill out the census (supposedly) before you can expect some lovely government-enabled body to come pound on your door demanding facts and figures and being generally pushy and bureaucracy-oriented. And since we personally have been alternately bored/co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Q&A: Marielle Heller, Star and Playwright of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Spills Her Guts

    ​ At only 15, Little Minnie -- the main character of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl -- is growing up way too fast. She's failing school, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and has begun an affair with her alcoholic mother's boyfriend. Yikes! Marielle Heller, who stars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    New St. Vincent Video: "Laughing With a Mouth of Blood," Featuring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein

    Not news that St. Vincent's Annie Clark has all kinds of special friends--she just came off a week in NYC that involved performing with everyone from David Byrne to Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to the National. So of course she pulled ThunderAnt, who go by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein when not d ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 2, 2010


    Dudes hug it out with Paul Rudd

  • Voice Choices

    January 26, 2010


    Skip 30 Rock and head downtown

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    "Spitzer" Joins "Paterson" on SNL

    Are we awful for enjoying the Saturday Night Live Paterson gags? They're certainly dopey, focusing as they do on Paterson's blindness, drug and sex history, and epochal unpopularity. And New Jersey! But we like dopey sketches, and are pleased that Fred Armisen has found a political character that ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 31, 2008


    Eat your heart out, Andy Samberg!

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Live: All Eight Nights of Hanukkah with Yo La Tengo

    photo by Liz Clayton Dawn Sutter Madell, via the Yo La Tengo diary Eight shows, eight-and-a-half comedians, eight charities, eight mix CDs, 24 sit-ins, and three Velvet Underground covers later, Yo La Tengo brought another Hanukkah at Maxwell's to a close. But, as befits a band named in reference ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    SNL Mocks Paterson As Bumbling Cokehead; Gov Raps Blind Jokes

    Governor Paterson was pissed at this weekend's Saturday Night Live sketch in which Fred Armisen portrayed him as a Jersey-hating, crinkly-voiced fool with a history of cocaine abuse and marital infidelities who underlines his own jokes and admits he was "comically unprepared" to become Governor. (V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Don Draper Drinks PBR, Owns an iPhone?

    photo via Street Carnage I would like to continue believing, for all eternity, that Don Draper rarely smiles, only orders Old Fashioneds, only consorts with comedians if he's hoteling their wives, and has never thumbed an iPhone. And then Jon Hamm showed up to the Knitting Factory on Monday night f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Armisen Not Dark Enough To Play Obama?

    A recent web report claimed that Fred Armisen's Obama impersonation on Saturday Night Live might be sent to the benches because he doesn't really look or sound like the Prez elect. Those are pretty good reasons! In his place, the show supposedly wants to use someone more hue-appropriate, not to ment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Times Joylessly Analyzes Lack of Obama Jokes

    New York Times does another one of those can-comedians-make-fun-of-Obama stories, with a Jon Stewart writer saying that Obama is "less likely to say something stupid" than Bush and suggesting the Daily Show will focus on Fox News and the "Democratically-controlled Congress." The article is predictab ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 23, 2008


    A comedy festival that can laugh at itself

  • Film

    September 10, 2008
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    August 19, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    February 26, 2008


    Fred Armisen performs just for us one last time

  • NYC Life

    October 24, 2006

    That '70s Show

    'Saturday Night Live' in the post-Tina Fey, YouTube unknown

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    November 1, 2005
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