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48 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Fred Armisen. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Fred Armisen, often where they are interviewed.

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48 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Fred Armisen. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Fred Armisen, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode Nine: Fred Armisen

Kon-tiki Podcast
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Actor, Comedian and Musician Fred Armisen discusses his recommendation for an at home double feature. Fred's selections include a pair of truly horrifying films, The Strangers (2008) directed by Bryan Bertino and Hereditary (2018) directed by Ari Aster.

Produced by: Eric Mahoney

Music by: The Means


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May 11 2020



Episode Two: Fred Armisen

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This interview with Fred Armisen mixes music, comedy, games, and karaoke! Hosted by world-famous rock photographer Dana Distortion, Episode Two of SuperUnknown finds special guest Fred Armisen discussing his punk rock roots, and playing a hilarious lyrics game that we like to call ‘Weapon of Choice’. Plus, Fred even performs a very special karaoke version of a classic Blur song!

Featuring fresh original music by:
Flesh Tetris - 'For Fun'
Trouble's Afoot - 'A Boy My Age'

Listen on our YouTube Channel too!

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Cheers, thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode of SuperUnknown, please subscribe, share, and leave a review! Need more? Explore these show notes featuring some of the topics discussed during Dana's interview with Fred Armisen:

Listen to “Hitmen Will Suffocate the City” by Trench Mouth, Fred’s punk band from the 90’s [5:31]

Explore Valley Stream, New York, where Fred spent his formative years. It was voted ‘The Best Place to Live in New York State’ by Money Magazine! [9:17]

Check out ‘I Am The Walrus’ by The Beatles, a song that inspired young Fred to play drums [10:14]

Hear SuperUnknown’s exclusive track of the day, an original recording of the closing music to Late Night with Seth Meyers, a song that Fred recorded in his apartment in 2007!! [11:21]

Learn more about, and connect with some of Fred’s musical influences, including
Mark Mothersbaugh - founder of Devo
David Byrne - founder of Talking Heads
Beck - alt-rock icon

Watch a clip of Fred performing as his all-time favorite character, the goth 'weirdo' from Portlandia [28:04]

Browse the Instagram account of Electric Lady, the legendary NYC studio where Episode Two of the SuperUnknown podcast was recorded! Also watch Fred and his heroes, The Clash, on Funny or Die, in a clip that was recorded at Electric Lady in 2013 [28:37]

Fred also mentions working with another hero of his, Bob Mould, who is best known for his work in Hüsker Dü and Sugar. Watch Fred perform (as Ian Rubbish) with Bob in San Francisco back in 2015 [29:58]

During the show, Fred performs 'Maggie Thatcher', a song Seth Meyers wrote for a comedy sketch. Watch the SNL skit that brought Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Taran Killam) to life back in 2013 [34:20]

On this episode, Fred talks about his experience performing with Blur, and then he sings a karaoke version of the Blur song, 'Park Life', for us in the studio. Nostalgic for the 90s? Watch the original video from 1994 [44:58]

Discover (or re-discover) the arists that Fred has been listening to lately:
Parquet Courts
Frankie Rose
Kate Teague
Real Estate

Watch the trailer for 'Stand Up For Drummers', Fred's Netflix comedy special that was nominated for a Grammy [55:25]

To close out this episode, Fred performs 'Catalina Breeze', taken from a skit on Documentary Now!, a show on iFC. See the official video from The Blue Jean Committee, starring Fred and Bill Hader [58:39]

About Fred Armisen:
You know him from SNL and Portlandia, and so many films and TV shows. He was nominated for a Grammy for his HBO special, Stand Up for Drummers, and we can’t even keep up with all his projects. He’s funny, he’s different, he’s super smart, and he’s the busiest man we know.

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Mar 19 2020

1hr 1min


Fred Armisen on the KLOS Subaru Live Stage

Jonesy’s Jukebox on 95.5 KLOS
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Saturday Night Live star, Fred Armisen drops by Jonesy's Jukebox at the Viper Room to hang at the KLOS #SubaruLive Stage! Armisen dishes on his passion for drumming, and #Jonesy talks on which person he knows hates David Bowie's music.

Jan 16 2020



Fred Armisen

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Fred Armisen is here! Fred joins Whitney to discuss hecklers, humblebraggers, comedian status, growing up, SNL, on-stage fears, touring, relationships, work habits, and having successful friends.

Watch Standup For Drummers on Netflix and find out what Fred's doing at

Jan 15 2020

2hr 41mins


Lawrence Welk: Death of a Square (with special guest Fred Armisen)

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Fred Armisen joins Mo to pay tribute to legendary bandleader and TV host, Lawrence Welk. Welk was another victim of television's Rural Purge of the early 1970s, when his long running musical variety show was canceled by ABC after his audience was deemed too old. But Welk did not go quietly. He defied the critics, bringing his show back to life on his own terms - and reaching an even wider audience.

Jan 03 2020



#32 Player’s Pick Podcast - Fred Armisen / Portlandia / Documentary Now!

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Fred and I talk music, where ancient civilizations went wrong and how strong coffee is an essential component to his mornings ☕️ Check out his music and all the artists we talk about in this custom curated playlist on Spotify 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

Nov 23 2019


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Yay! We made it to Episode 2 of The Record Store Day Podcast with Paul Myers, and thank you to everyone who listened to Episode 1 (Tony Visconti). If you haven't done so already, please consider subscribing to us, wherever you get your podcasts. We'll post new episodes every two weeks. In this music-packed episode, we get closer to Record Store Day Black Friday (November 29) as Paul chats with the comedian, musician and record store enthusiast, Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Los Espookys, Documentary Now! and tons more things) and we place a phone call to Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, who talks about his new Black Friday vinyl solo single, Nervous From The Fall. We also take a moment to glimpse over the whole list of RSD Black Friday titles and generally have a great time. Go to for all the details.     Sponsored as always by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (

Nov 05 2019

1hr 4mins


#44 Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia)

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Seja talks to her guest Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia) about their shared German heritage, how Clem Burke and Devo transformed his life with their look and music, and his introduction into punk. Fred tells Seja about reaching out to John Waters as a teenager and their resulting friendship, the similarities between music and comedy improvisation and his thoughts on music criticism. Fred and Seja also share their unique stories about getting to perform live with Devo.

Fred’s strange show story was illustrated by the incredible musician and their mutual friend Courtney Barnett (@courtneymelba).

All illustrations can be viewed on instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page

Sep 08 2019

1hr 2mins


Fred Armisen's punk life

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If I told you to 'put a bird on it', you’d know immediately what I meant. This iconic sketch from Portlandia is the work of Fred Armisen. He’s a comedian who has filled our screens for almost 20 years; as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, alongside his best friend Carrie Brownstein co-creating Portlandia, and more recently on the mockumentary series Documentary Now. Music has been central to Fred’s comedy the whole way through, and that makes sense when you know that he started his creative life as a drummer. In fact it was during a visit to SXSW back in 1998, playing in a couple of bands, that he made his first mockumentary. It got people’s attention, and four years later, he was on SNL. Fred Armisen lives a punk life, creating and recreating his identity across every character he plays, and finding the connection in brilliant songs. Here are just five.

Bad Brains - ‘Big Take Over’

Meat Puppets - ‘Up On The Sun’

Jessica Pratt - ‘This Time Around’

The Damned - ‘Under The Floor Again’

Sleater-Kinney - ‘Start Together’

Aug 30 2019



Linda Ramone & Fred Armisen on Jonesy's Jukebox 7/11/19

Jonesy’s Jukebox on 95.5 KLOS
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Jul 11 2019