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FRED ARMISEN (Cole) is one of the most diversely talented performers working today, with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing, and writing in both comedy and music. He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC's "Portlandia," alongside Carrie Brownstein. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 for his work on the show, and four nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. In 2015 and 2016, the show received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. In 2013, Armisen, along with the other writers, won a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series, and were nominated again in 2014. "Portlandia" received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. It is currently in production for its eighth and final season that will air in 2018.

Currently Armisen can be seen in Aubrey Plaza and Liz Debtor's film "The Little Hours," alongside Alison Brie, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, and Nick Offerman.

On the small screen, Armisen lent his voice to A24's Amazon original "Comrade Detective," also starring Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mahershala Ali. Additionally, he voiced a character in Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg's Netflix original animated sitcom "Big Mouth," with Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Jason Mantzoukas and Kroll, set to be released in 2017.

Armisen continues his IFC relationship with the comedy "Documentary Now!," a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics about completely fictitious subjects. The first season received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. The second season premiered in September, for which Armisen received a 2017 WGA nomination for Comedy/Variety Sketch Series. Seth Meyers is an executive producer, along with Armisen and Bill Hader, who play all the primary roles. In 2015, Hader and Armisen also released a 12" vinyl EP, Catalina Breeze, by their fictitious '70s soft-rock band they portray on the show, The Blue Jean Committee, via record label Drag City. Additionally, Armisen teamed last year with Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, Telemundo, and fellow SNL alum Horatio Sanz to create the digital comedy channel Más Mejor, aimed at the English-speaking Hispanic audience.

An eleven-season veteran of "Saturday Night Live," Armisen has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters, including world leaders like President Barack Obama or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to half of "Weekend Update's" unforgettable songwriting team 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." Armisen won the WGA Best Comedy/Variety Sketch Series award this year and received a WGA nomination for his work on the show in 2016.

He has appeared in numerous feature films, including "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" and "The Dictator," as well as lending his voice to the "The Smurfs." He has also appeared in "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," "Baby Mama," "The Ex," and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

On the small screen, Armisen 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," and the cable comedy shows "The Sarah Silverman Show" and "Time and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" He was also seen in the Nickelodeon's smash kids show "Yo Gabba Gabba," and did voice-over guest spots on "Archer" and "Chozen." In February 2014, he 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 music festival posing as a journalist. In 2006, he interviewed Cat Power for the influential music website, and released a comedic instructional DVD, "Complicated Drumming Technique," in 2007. Armisen landed on Rolling Stone's "Hot List" and has been included several times on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" for his many projects.

Armisen splits his time between Portland, New York, and Los Angeles.


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