You’re not imagining things: Fred Armisen is everywhere. Between hit series, guest spots, live hosting duties, and the most entries for Emmy nominations than any other actor or actress, at this point, we’re more likely to catch the star and co-creator of Portlandia and Documentary Now! in-character rather than himself. As Vulture’s Boris Kachka puts it, his many roles of late make the case for Armisen as comedy’s greatest chameleon:
“Did you see him as an erotica-writing roommate on New Girl? An adult-baby fetishist on Broad City? An aspiring musician–health inspector on Bob’s Burgers? A Venezuelan functionary on Parks and Recreation? A mysterious foreigner on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Another mysterious foreigner on 30 Rock? A telethon caller with no lines, also on 30 Rock? Celebrity monster Robert Durst on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Did you see him? Did you see him?”
And that’s just scratching the surface.
Armisen’s manic energy, his love of music and comedy, and his insatiable drive to create and perform are explored in this in-depth interview. Check it out now over on Vulture.