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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.

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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.

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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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