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Saturday, January 25 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Fred Armisen Residency: Comedy for Guitar Players but Everyone is Welcome: Night 2 with Bill Frisell

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Fred Armisen presents a night of comedy and music with his friend Bill Frisell.

For three nights, SF Sketchfest hosts Fred Armisen "in residence" at the Chapel with Comedy for Guitar Players but Everyone is Welcome, featuring a different special guest each night.

Fred Armisen presents a night of comedy and music with his friend Bill Frisell.

For three nights, SF Sketchfest hosts Fred Armisen "in residence" at the Chapel with Comedy for Guitar Players but Everyone is Welcome, featuring a different special guest each night.

Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade." Recognized as one of America’s 21 most vital and productive performing artists, Frisell was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012. He is also a recipient of grants from United States Artists, Meet the Composer among others. In 2016, he was a beneficiary of the first FreshGrass Composition commission to preserve and support innovative grassroots music. Upon San Francisco Jazz opening their doors in 2013, he served as one of their Resident Artistic Directors. Bill is also the subject of a new documentary film by director Emma Franz, entitled Bill Frisell: A Portrait, which examines his creative process in depth.

Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing, and writing in both comedy and music.

He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s "Portlandia" alongside Carrie Brownstein. He received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” in 2014 and a nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2015, the show received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” In 2013, Armisen, along with the other writers, won a Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series,” they were nominated again in 2014. "Portlandia" received prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. The critically- acclaimed show recently finished its sixth season, and the seventh season will begin airing next year.

Armisen’s most recent venture is his new IFC comedy, "Docuemtnary Now!." The show is a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject. The show is returning for its second season later this year. Meyers is an executive producer for the series along with Armisen and Hader, who play all of the primary roles. Additionally, Armisen recently teamed up with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, NBCUniversal Telemundo, and fellow "SNL" alum Horatio Sanz to create a digital comedy channel aimed at the English-speaking Hispanic audience called Mas Mejor. The channel launched in early January and includes a weekly short-form premium comedy series and other topical video and editorial content.

This past February, Armisen starred alongside Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Christine Taylor and Kristen Wiig in "Zoolander 2," the sequel to the hit 2001 comedy "Zoolander."

In February 2014, Armisen was named band leader of the 8G Band on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." The band, curated by Armisen, includes members of indie rock bands Les Savy Fav and Girls against Boys.

An eleven season veteran of "Saturday Night Live," Armisen has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters including world leaders like President Barack Obama or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the popular digital short “Iran So Far Away” to “Weekend Update” fixtures like political comedian Nicholas Fehn or half of the songwriting team of Garth and Kat (with Kristen Wiig) to name a few. He closed out his last season in the guise of British punk rocker Ian Rubbish with a star-studded performance of the original song “It’s a Lovely Day.”

He has appeared in countless feature films including "7 Days In Hell," "Addicted To Fresno," "Easy A," "The Rocker," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "Eurotrip," and "The Promotion" as well as lending his voice to the feature "The Smurfs." He has also appeared in the films "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny" with Jack Black, "Baby Mama" with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, "The Ex" with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman, and in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

On the small screen, he has made guest appearances on "New Girl," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Man Seeking Woman," "The Awesomes," "Modern Family," "Difficult People," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "30 Rock," "House of Lies," "Super Fun Night," "Broad City," and "Parks and Recreation," and the cable comedy shows "The Sarah Silverman Show," "Human Giant," and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!." He was also seen in the smash kids show "Yo Gabba Gabba" on Nickelodeon and did voice over guest spots on "Archer" and "Chozen."

His career began as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with the 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. In 2006, he interviewed Cat Power for the influential music website Pitchfork.com and later combined his love for music and comedy by creating the role of drummer Jens Hannemann and releasing an instructional DVD, Complicated Drumming Technique, in 2007. Armisen has landed on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List” and has also been included several times on Entertainment Weekly‘s “Must List” in regards to his many projects.

Armisen splits his time between Portland, New York, and Los Angeles.
($40 in advance, $45 day of show, All Ages)

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Bill Frisell

Photo Credit: Monica Jane FrisellIf one concept can be said to define the expansive, unprecedented career of Bill Frisell—a “fearless and adaptable guitarist,” per The New Yorker—it might be that of connection. Frisell, now 68, can’t help but draw lines between the landmarks... Read More →
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Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing, and writing in both comedy and music.He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s "Portlandia" alongside Carrie Brownstein. He received an... Read More →



Saturday January 25, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Chapel 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Attendees (96)