Portlandia Star Fred Armisen To Lead Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ Band
Soon to take over Jimmy Fallon’s old stomping grounds, SNL alum Seth Meyers will have “Portlandia” star Fred Armisen put a bird on it and pickle up the late night band.
Variety reported that Meyers, set to take over NBC’s regular “Late Night” franchise at 12:35 a.m. starting February 24, will be accompanied by Armisen. The two worked together at NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Meyers run was from 2001 till this past year while Armisen joined in 2002 and left in 2013.
“Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting ‘Portlandia,’” Meyers said on Twitter Monday.
Armisen has roots as a musician, with Trenchmouth as a drummer and he frequently collaborated with Jimmy Fallon on musical segments. Variety noted that Armisen’s final sketch on “SNL” included such musical pals as Aimee Mann as well as Kim Gordon, (Sonic Youth).
But it is his work as a showrunner and star of the M&C favorite comedy IFC series “Portlandia” that most people know of now.