Fred Armisen - Plot Twist: Seth Meyers Taps Former "SNL" Co-Star Fred Armisen To Lead "Late Night" Band

NBC stars definitely like to keep it in the family. So when it came time for Seth Meyers to pick someone to lead the band on his newly acquired show Late Night (previously hosted by Jimmy Fallon, who has moved on to The Tonight Show), Meyers picked a familiar face. According to TV Guide, he tapped former SNL co-star Fred Armisen, who has plenty of musical experience alongside his comedy work.

Fred ArmisenSeth Meyers, Ed Sullivan Theater
Armisen obviously has the experience Meyers needs, just look at this picture of him holding a guiter.

Before going into comedy, Armisen played drums in the punk rock band Trenchmouth and in the Blue Man group back in the 1990s. He also often played musical instruments during sketches on SNL. Armisen, who left SNL last year, is currently starring in and executive producing his IFC comedy series Portlandia, alongside co-star and co-creator Carrie Brownstein. However, Meyers mentioned this in the announcement and it sounds like the comedian’s new commitment won’t interfere with his Portlandia duties (thankfully).

"Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia," Meyers said in reference to Armisen's other gig. The Late Night host also made the announcement Twitter official, writing:

In his tweet, he refers to the Late Night band as the 8G band, after the studio where Late Night will film, and which is next door to Studio 8H, which is the longtime home of SNL.


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