Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that range from acting to producing to writing in both comedy and music.
He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s PORTLANDIA alongside Carrie Brownstein which most recently received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” He received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” in 2014, four nominations for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” and three nominations for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” In 2013 Armisen, along with the other writers, won a Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series,” and they were nominated again in 2014 and 2018. PORTLANDIA received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. The critically-acclaimed sketch-comedy series recently wrapped its eighth and final season on IFC. Read More
Armisen is the executive producer and star of Amazon’s new series, FOREVER, along with fellow SNL alum Maya Rudolph. The comedy stars the duo who play a long-term married couple residing in Southern California. The series was released on September 15th.
Armisen can next be seen on a Spanish-Language series for HBO titled LOS ESPOOKYS, which he wrote, executive produced, and will appear in as the role of “Tico.” The pilot is about a group of friends living in a dreamy version of present day Mexico City who are obsessed with horror films and monster makeup.
Armisen was recently seen on NETFLIX in his original stand-up comedy special FRED ARMISEN: STAND UP FOR DRUMMERS. In the special, Armisen shares his thoughts on musical genres, drummer quirks, regional accents and more for an audience of fellow drummers. The special was released in February 2018.
Armisen also worked with IFC to create the critically acclaimed comedy, DOCUMENTARY NOW! The show is a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject. Armisen has received two Emmy® nominations for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series” and a WGA nomination for “Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series.” Armisen and Bill Hader play the primary roles as well as write and executive produce. In 2015, Hader and Armisen released a 12” vinyl EP called Catalina Breeze by their fictitious ’70s soft-rock band they portray on the show, The Blue Jean Committee, via record label Drag City. The series was recently renewed for a third season which will return in 2019.
Also in 2015, Armisen teamed up with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, NBCUniversal Telemundo, and fellow SNL alum Horatio Sanz to create a digital comedy channel aimed at the English-speaking Hispanic audience called MAS MEJOR.
An eleven-season veteran of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Armisen has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters including Stuart in The Californians alongside Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig and the unforgettable songwriting team of Garth and Kat (with Kristen Wiig), to name a few. He closed out his last season in the guise of British punk rocker Ian Rubbish with a star-studded performance of the original song “It’s a Lovely Day.” In May of 2016 he hosted SNL’s season 41 finale. Armisen won the WGA for “Best Comedy / Variety Sketch Series” in 2017 and received a WGA nomination for his work on the SNL: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL in 2016.
He has appeared in countless feature films including BATTLE OF THE SEXES, THE LITTLE HOURS, BAND AID, MICHAEL BOLTON’S BIG, SEXY VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL, ORDINARY WORLD, ZOOLANDER 2, 7 DAYS IN HELL, EASY A, THE ROCKER, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY, BABY MAMA, THE EX, ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY and THE DICTATOR as well as lending his voice to the features THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE and THE SMURFS.
On the small screen, he has made guest appearances on NEW GIRL, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, ANIMALS, MODERN FAMILY, DIFFICULT PEOPLE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, 30 ROCK, BROAD CITY, PARKS AND RECREATION, I LOVE YOU AMERICA, LAST MAN ON EARTH and the cable comedy shows THE SARAH SILVERMAN SHOW, and TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! He was also seen in the smash kids show YO GABBA GABBA on Nickelodeon and did voice-over guest spots on COMRADE DETECTIVE, BIG MOUTH, ARCHER, FINAL SPACE and CHOZEN.
In February 2014, Armisen was named band leader of the 8G Band on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS. The band, curated by Armisen, includes members of indie rock bands Les Savy Fav and Girls against Boys.
His career began as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as the Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came with the 1998 underground short film FRED ARMISEN’S GUIDE TO MUSIC AND SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST which followed him through the Austin, Texas “South by Southwest” music festival posing as a journalist. In 2006, he interviewed Cat Power for the influential music website Pitchfork.com, and later released a comedic instructional DVD, Complicated Drumming Technique, in 2007.
Armisen splits his time between Portland, New York, and Los Angeles.
Sarah Schneider is a writer and producer, currently Executive Producing her series The Other Two for Comedy Central, which she co-created with Chris Kelly. Prior to that, Sarah wrote on Saturday Night Live, where she started in 2011, was nominated for 8 Emmys, and ascended to the position of Head Writer along with Kelly during the memorable 2016-17 season, for which SNL received the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series and the Peabody for Political Satire. During her time at SNL, Schneider also wrote on the acclaimed Netflix series Master of None, and prior to that was a writer and performer as part of the original editorial staff of CollegeHumor.
Chris Kelly is a writer and director, currently Executive Producing his series The Other Two for Comedy Central, which he co-created with Sarah Schneider. Prior to that, Chris was nominated for 8 Emmy Awards and won the Peabody for his work as Co-Head Writer of Saturday Night Live, where he worked from 2011-2017. During his time at SNL, Kelly was also a writer on three seasons of Broad City, and wrote and directed the feature film, Other People, which opened the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and earned Sprit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay (plus a Spirit Award for star Molly Shannon.) Prior to that, Kelly was a writer and director at Funny or Die and The Onion News Network.
Heléne Yorke – Heléne will be starring in the upcoming Comedy Central show, The Other Two from Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. She was most recently seen in Season 2 of the Epix show Graves, alongside Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, as first daughter “Olivia Graves”. She is recurring on the The Good Fight as “Amy”. Other television recurring roles include ABC’s Quantico, HBO’s High Maintenance and Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Recent film work includes The Night Before. Heléne performs on Broadway as well as Off-Broadway, most recently starring in Encores! presentation of Grand Hotel. Other notable works include starring in American Psycho and Bullets Over Broadway. Other TV credits include Person of Interest (CBS), 30 Rock (NBC), A Gifted Man (CBS), I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV), and Louie (FX). Heléne can be heard on American Dad (FOX), Family Guy (FOX), Bojack Horseman (NETFLIX), and Robot Chicken (Comedy Central).
Drew Tarver, a native of Glennville, Georgia, has been performing at UCB in LA since 2012. In 2014, Tarver was a stand-out in the CBS Diversity Showcase as an LGBT performer. That Spring, Tarver landed a Network Holding Deal and was subsequently cast in CBS’ “How I Met Your Dad” pilot. His television credits include Brooklyn 99, LA to Vegas and The McCarthy’s. In new media, Tarver starred in the Funny or Die/Verizon Go90 series TWEENFEST and in the NBC/Universal SeeSo series BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$. He is currently recording Season 3 of the popular Podcast, Teacher’s Lounge, on Stitcher Radio. Drew recently wrapped Season 1 of the Broadway Video/Comedy Central series, The Other Two, created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and Executive Produced by Lorne Michaels. The Other Two will premiere in 2019. When Drew isn’t performing he can be found attempting to refinish a piece of furniture, ruining it, and then just buying a new one.