Fred Armisen began his showbiz career as a drummer in the punk band Trenchmouth. He also performed with the Blue Man Group.
He switched to comedy with the 1998 underground short film 'Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and SXSW,' which followed him through the Austin, Texas 'South By Southwest Music Festival' posing as a music journalist.
He has brought his characters to 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' the Chicago Comedy Festival and British television. He appeared on HBO's music show 'Reverb' and in his own eponymous interstitial series on 'HBO Zone' as well as in the Wilco documentary 'I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.'
He attained notoriety when he became cast member of venerable sketch show, 'Saturday Night Live.'