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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.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.