Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen is in his fourth season on "SNL."

In his first year, Armisen scored with his character "Fericito." The Venezuelan comedian coached Senator John McCain through his opening monologue and brought big laughs to "Weekend Update" and now his own recurring sketch "Showbiz Grande Explosion" with his Latin style and catchphrase "I'm just keeeeeeding." In addition, Armisen provided the (late) rimshots for Chris Kattan's burned out Vegas act "Buddy Mills" as the geriatric drummer "Mackey" in the recurring "All Night Vegas" sketches and as the vaguely European home design enthusiast "Nuni," the Native American comic Billy Smith, the adult education advocate Gabe Fisher and as Prince as the often-silent host of the musician's talk show "The Prince Show." Armisen has also contributed memorable impressions of Tony Danza and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Armisen landed on Rolling Stone's "Hot List" as well as Entertainment Weekly's Must List (for his performance as a politically incorrect deaf comedian). His feature film roles include "Eurotrip", Will Ferrell's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", and "Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo." He recently completed work starring in two movies: "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny" (with Jack Black) and "Fast Track" (with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman).

Armisen began his career as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with Blue Man Group. His transition to comedy came 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 programs on British television. He has also 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."

Armisen lives in New York City. His birthday is December 4.