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5 Characters We Hope Fred Armisen Does on the SNL Season Finale

Catch Fred Armisen on the SNL season finale this Saturday.

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With Fred Armisen‘s triumphant return to SNL this weekend as host of the 41st season finale, we got to thinking what characters we hope he revisits. While there are no shortage of classic sketches he was a part of, here are a few of his all-stars that we’re desperate to see one more time.

5. Garth and Kat

Garth and Kat

Season finales are notorious for their celebrity cameos, and with Fred hosting, we’re sure a lot of his old costars will be swinging by 8H to join in on the fun. If that’s the case, let’s pray Kristen Wiig and Fred reunite for one more spin as Garth and Kat, the horribly unprepared singers who aren’t as good at covering songs as they think they are.

4. Ian Rubbish

Whether it’s on Portlandia, or his stint on SNL, Fred has always used comedy to celebrate and tweak music. Ian Rubbish, the Johnny Rotten-inspired London punk with deep affection for Margaret Thatcher, was always one of our favorites. The original sketch partially inspired Fred, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas to create the IFC series Documentary Now!.

3. New York Governor David Paterson

David Paterson

Sure, former New York Governor David Paterson hasn’t made the news in years, but that would just make a pop in by Fred’s take on the politician that much funnier.

2. The Californians


If we were betting men, we’d let it all ride on “The Californians” showing up. A silly gag that allows for as many cameos as you can squeeze in, this sketch is sure to make an appearance on Saturday.

1. Fericito


Armisen’s first big breakout character on SNL, Fericito knew the only way to bring a bit home was with a rimshot and a catchphrase. How else would you know the joke was over? Fericito would be the perfect accompaniment to Colin Jost and Michael Che’s Trump quips on “Weekend Update.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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