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Seth Meyers Names ‘SNL’ Pal Fred Armisen ‘Late Night’ Bandleader

‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ will premiere February 24th

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Late Night With Seth Meyers just added a thoroughbred to its stable: Portlandia star Fred Armisen will serve as “curator” and bandleader of the in-house 8G band for the upcoming late-night show, which premieres Monday, February 24th.

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Meyers broke the news earlier today on Twitter. “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia,” he tweeted, along with a picture of the five-piece group. Armisen will sing and play guitar, and he’ll be backed by an eclectic group of players: guitarist Seth Jabour (Les Savy Fav), bassist Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav), keyboardist Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys) and drummer Kim Thompson (Beyoncé’s touring band).

Armisen, who previously worked with Meyers as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, has an impressive musical pedigree. A multi-instrumentalist, Armisen formerly played drums in punk band Trenchmouth and the Blue Man Group, and music is an essential element in his comedic style – from his British punk parody Ian Rubbish to his many musical performances on Portlandia and SNL.

Of course, anyone who watched Jimmy Fallon‘s late night show already knows about Armisen’s musical chops: Last year, the multi-talented comedian went tom-to-tom with the RootsQuestlove in a nail-biting drum-off. The Roots will be following Fallon to his new Tonight Show gig, which leaves one serious question: Will there be a re-match?


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