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'Portlandia' Star Fred Armisen New Zealand Show Announced

'Portlandia' Star Fred Armisen New Zealand Show Announced

Friday 12th July, 2019 11:15AM

Saturday Night Live and Portlandia star Fred Armisen has announced his first ever Aotearoa show as part of his 'Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome' tour. In 2018 Netflix released his comedy special Fred Armisen: Comedy For Drummers, which this year received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. Armisen spends most of his set behind a drum kit, guitar, or just holding a drum stick, finding comedy from his years as a musician in Trenchmouth, Blue Man Group and more recently in the house band for Late Night With Seth Meyers. A dream night for anyone who enjoys both music and laughter, get a load of the details below…

Fred Armisen: Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome
Friday 6th September - Skycity Theatre, Auckland

Tickets go on sale Monday 15th July at 10.00am

To give you an idea, here’s Armisen cracking some muso-friendly jokes on Conan late last year…

Press release:

The star of Portlandia, Fred Armisen, will be touring New Zealand for the first time, bringing his show Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome to Auckland for a one off show at SKYCITY Theatre in September 2019. 

Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today. He is an actor, comedian, voice artist, screen writer, producer, singer and musician, best recognised as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 2002-2013, which won him a Peabody Award.

His career began as a musician in the Chicago based posed 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' musical festival posing as a journalist.

As co-creator and co-star of the famed sketch comedy series Portlandia, Armisen was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014. 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.

Fred’s film career features many small but memorial roles, including characters in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Eurotrip, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Battle Of The Sexes and Zoolander 2. He also leant his voice to the features The Lego Ninjago Movie and the Smurfs. Television credits include 30 Rock, Modern Family, Parks & Recreation, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job and Yo Gabba Gabba to name a few.

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 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album in 2019.

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.

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


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Fred Armisen
Fri 6th Sep 8:00pm
Sky City Theatre, Auckland