|I just read on tvguide.com that Fred Armisen is indeed leaving SNL to devote more time to Portlandia, which has been renewed for two more seasons. Mostly enjoyed his unique characterizations though I definitely won't miss his Garth of Kat and Garth.|
Yeah, I really felt like he went out as a strong, marquee cast member in his last season. Unlike previous seasons, he was a major reason to watch the show. And I think a lot of it was addition by subtraction, no questionable sketches to weigh him down like Garth and Kat or his bad impression of Obama. For years he has sort of had too many bad sketches weighing him down, preventing him from really breaking out.