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REPOST: The Hard Times Podcast w/ Fred Armisen

The Hard Times Podcast

Matt and Bill are busy getting Face/Off surgery, so enjoy a repost of an early episode featuring an up and coming young comedian named Fred Armisen.


25 Mar 2021

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35. Fred Armisen: The Secret Comedy Rules of Portlandia and SNL

Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out

Mike and Fred have a candid chat about the secret rules of Portlandia and the comedy writing lessons of SNL. Fred describes how they arrived at the title for “Portlandia” and Mike describes how he arrived at his brand new solo show title that he debuts in this episode. All that and Fred shares his Mike Birbiglia impression, his Ira Glass impression, and explains why a parody of This American Life doesn’t quite work on SNL. https://www.sweetrelief.org/


22 Mar 2021

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Interview with SNL Alum Fred Armisen: His Comedy, Characters, Creative Process, Music (& Obsession with Devo)

FEARLESS MEDIA: The Future Of Entertainment, Media & Tech

SNL alum, comedian, actor, writer, musician Fred Armisen joins Peter for a journey through Fred's life and entertainment career. In this CREATV University session, Fred discusses how he began his career (as a punk rock drummer), fearlessly broke through into comedy and SNL, how he develops his characters, and his overall creative process. He takes us into the world of Portlandia, Documentary Now, and Los Espookys - but, with every journey somehow ending up with music front and center (Ian Rubbish & Blue Jean Committee, anyone)? Learn more about CREATV University and its mission to help and inspire young people who are passionate about pursuing careers in music, entertainment, media and tech at http://www.creatv.media/creatv-university.

1hr 8mins

10 Mar 2021

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Fred Armisen: A Joke about Different American Accents

Netflix Is A Daily Joke

Fred Armisen jokes about different American accents in his special, "Stand Up For Drummers" only on Netflix.


31 Jan 2021

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Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Comedian and actor Fred Armisen feels productive about being Conan O’Brien’s friend.  Fred sits down with Conan to talk about approaching life from a drummer’s mentality, being a tech wiz, and hating the beach. Later, Conan responds to an issue with show merchandise as he and his team Review the Reviewers. Got a question for Conan? Call our voicemail: (323) 451-2821. For Conan videos, tour dates and more visit TeamCoco.com.


11 Jan 2021

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Life is Short with Justin Long

Fred Armisen (Moonbase 8) talks to Justin about the SNL writing process, his love of music and playing the drums, and the inspirations for the characters and sketches on Portlandia. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Talkspace - To get $100 off of your first month, go to talkspace.com and use code LONG 

1hr 36mins

5 Jan 2021

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334. Fred Armisen on El Perro Del Mar 'From the Valley to the Stars' (2008)

My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan

Today reformed drummer and comedic genius Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL, Documentary Now) joins me to discuss the dreamy magic of El Perro Del Mar’s 2008 album From the Valley to the Stars. We talk about how the album became part of his routine at Saturday Night Live, why it inspired him to go out and buy a Hofner bass, how the songs fade in and fade out (and we speculate on the history of fade outs in popular music), his relationship with the artist herself, making a music video for her, why this album is the perfect travelling soundtrack and more. Plus, we make a plan to form the literal biggest band of all time, talk about meeting Paul McCartney, Fred’s issues with music criticism and much more.


30 Oct 2020

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A Special Take with Sid and Tyler

A take for both drummers and non-drummers. Sid and Tyler are joined by awesome comedian, Emily Higginson, to review Fred Armisen's special "Comedy for Drummers." Where can you stream it? Netflix of course. And what are you waiting for? Write us in to tell us which special you want us to cover next. aspecialtake@gmail.com


24 Oct 2020

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Ruinous Presents

Fred Armisen is a writer, comedian and actor. He's written, created and acted in dozens of TV shows (Portlandia, Los Espooky's, Documentry Now!), was the band leader for Late Night with Seth Meyers and a cast member of Saturday Night Live for over 10 years. He's also seen his fair share of touring, either as a the drummer for the 90's band Trenchmouth or a comedian doing his one man show "Standup Up For Drummers" and "Comedy For Musicians". In this episode he gives us a montage of hilarious insights, stories and perspectives of life on the road that only Fred can do. Enjoy!  Music by Fred Armisen, Joe Plummer and Wandering Lucy. Episode sponsored by Izotope.Register To VoteSupport the show (https://www.ruinousmedia.com)


8 Oct 2020

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The Electric Theater with Clown

Fred Armisen connects with clown of Slipknot for a conversation in The Electric Theater that covers everything from Saturday Night Live to how the pandemic has transformed reality. Exploring the parallels of performing in a band and performing as an actor, the two share their personal experiences and find common ground in their appreciation of art, the value of communication, and the ability to geek out when talking drums.

1hr 15mins

2 Sep 2020