School of Visual Arts
Starred with faux-documentary series "Documentary Now!" with Bill Hader; written by Seth Meyers
Co-starred in comedy "Staten Island Summer," written by "Saturday Night Live" veteran Colin Jost
Joined "Late Night with Seth Meyers" as bandleader; also wrote the show's theme song
Reprised the character of Brainy Smurf in "The Smurfs 2"
Debuted "Portlandia," his IFC sketch-comedy series with Carrie Brownstein
Joined the voice cast of "The Looney Tunes Show" as Speedy Gonzales
Voiced the character of Brainy in "The Smurfs" feature film
Acted opposite Emma Stone in the comedy "Easy A"
Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
Cast in a supporting role opposite Isla Fisher in "Confessions of a Shopaholic"
Made a cameo as a stroller salesman, opposite fellow "Saturday Night Live" players Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, in the comedy feature "Baby Mama"
Appeared in the comedy "The Rocker"
Appeared in "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny," with Jack Black and Kyle Gass
Cast as a Creepy Italian Guy in "Eurotrip"
Appeared in the comedy "Anchorman," which starred Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd
Voiced the character of Chip Douglas on comedy central's "Crank Yankers"
Became a featured player on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," moving to the main cast in 2004
Appeared in the Wilco documentary "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"
First appeared as a correspondent on HBO's "Reverb" and then as a featured performer on an interstitial series "Fred," which aired on HBO Zone
Transitioned to comedy with the underground short film "Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and SXSW"
Began career as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth
Played drums for the Blue Man Group's off-Broadway performances in Chicago
Armisen's mother was born in Venezuela; his father was born in Germany, to a German mother and Japanese father.
Armisen's high school classmates included fellow future "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jim Breuer
Armisen began his professional career as a musician, but his first wife, Mekons vocalist Sally Timms, persuaded him to move into comedy after he began recording improvised sketches with bandmates and fellow musicians.
Between 1989 and 1995, Armisen's band Trenchmouth released four EPs and five full-length albums.
Several of Armisen's musical alter egos, including British punk Ian Rubbish, '70s soft rockers The Blue Jean Committee, and Brazilian bossa nova duo Paulinho e Beatriz (with Maya Rudolph), released records of Armisen's original compositions.