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8 Hilarious Fred Armisen Cameos That Brightened Our Day

Fred Armisen Cameos

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Fred Armisen is a chameleon of comedy, seamlessly blending into whichever environment he’s placed. But once you spot him, he’s a delight to behold. The SNL veteran and star of IFC’s Portlandia recently co-hosted the Film Independent Spirit Awards with Frozen star Kristen Bell, but this wouldn’t be the first he’s randomly popped up to liven things up. Though most of our favorite moments of his over the years have been in brief cameo appearances, they most often steal the show. Take a look at some of our favorite Fred Armisen cameos below.

8. Parks and Recreation

Armisen has known his SNL buddy Amy Poehler for a while, so of course he was eventually going to pop up on her Office-style comedy series. The perfect time came when he played a representative of the Venezuelan parks department on a trip to America with his colleagues and that one intern nobody should pay attention to. We could listen all day to him spout off about how the home of Chavez is the best.

Fred Armisen Parks and Rec


7. Anchorman

Anchorman is a comedy classic (though we can’t really say the same thing of the sequel), and we have Armisen in part to thank for that. After all, he’s the one who made Ron Burgundy stand up and play some “y’azz flute,” and later commanded to eat a pile of dog crap.


6. 30 Rock

Armisen had already appeared on 30 Rock in a more substantial cameo role — Liz Lemon’s next-door neighbor Raheem, who she turns into Homeland Security for being a suspected terrorist. But he popped up once again for a split second during one of the series’ live episodes, and it was one of the most glorious split seconds of all time.


5. Kate Pierson’s “Mister Sister” Music Video

By now you should know that Armisen loves to jam out on his guitar, but his appearance in Kate Pierson’s music video for “Mister Sister” was quite unexpected. Actually, we thought it was gonna turn into a comedy sketch at some point, but Armisen kept on playing. Seeing the comic play guitar in an environment outside of Seth Meyer’s Late Night show is like watching a dog strut around on its hind legs: equal parts thrilling and mesmerizing.


4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

We mainly adore Mlepnos because he reminds us so much of Family Guy‘s Consuela (“Mister Superman no here”) but Armisen puts his own spin on this man from Leirkrakeegovnian. And, just as we can’t get enough of the following interaction, Andy Samberg just can’t get enough of his oddly catchy music.


3. Broad City

If anyone else had played David, the adult baby, on Broad City, he might’ve actually come across as creepy. But Armisen’s signature wide-eyed stare just sends us into a fit of giggles, much like the one he experienced when the girls destroyed his apartment. He’s just a baby, ladies — a baby that tries to camouflage himself within a coat rack.

Armisen Broad city


2. Funny or Die’s Intervention Spoof

What’s more entertaining than watching Intervention? Well, a lot of things, but Armisen’s Funny or Die sketch about an intervention for his Intervention addiction is one of them. “I had no idea you could get drunk on mouthwash…Just get one big bottle of wine. It’s just cheaper.” And the fact that it references the “I’m walking on sunshine” episode is just more brownie points, ’cause it’s the best episode.


1. Bob’s Burgers

Armisen reprised some of his musician skills on Bob’s Burgers as Tommy, the health inspector who pressures Bob into letting him perform some of his…how should we say…works in progress at his restaurant.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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