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Fred Armisen Jangles NYC Payphone

As you might expect, when Late Night band leader Fred Armisen – on behalf of Heineken – started calling a New York City payphone and anonymously inviting those who answered to “come across the street,” only a few agreed.

Per E.J. Schultz‘s write-up in Ad Age, these brave souls as a reward got to join Armisen on stage at the Comedy Cellar comedy club. The teaser clip above precedes Tuesday’s full unveiling of Ringing Payphone at routineinterruptions.com.

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Fred Armisen Deadpans His Way to Instant Late Night Approval

Without a doubt, the highlight of the first few Late Night with Seth Meyers broadcasts has been the host’s post-monologue banter with band leader Fred Armisen. That’s not to say Meyers is stumbling. Relatively speaking, especially when compared to Conan’s rocky start so many years ago, Stefon’s Significant Other is ably feeling his way around the new territory and scoring a number of solid monologue hits.

Not so fortunate is the Late Night set. We’re not sure why Meyers’ desk is so small, or if the NBC production design team realized that the arch above the curtain when camera-framed during the monologue would make it look like Meyers’ head is glued to the top of the structure. Hopefully, in time, these elements will be smoothed out.

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Fred Armisen to Lead Seth Meyers’ Late Night Band (THR / The Live Feed)
Fred Armisen is joining Seth Meyers at Late Night. The musician and Portlandia star and his 8G Band are joining his Saturday Night Live friend as the band leader for the revamped NBC talker. “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia,” Meyers tweeted Monday. Rolling Stone 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). TV Guide Before switching gears to acting, Armisen played drums in the punk rock band Trenchmouth and in the Blue Man group back in the 1990s. He also often played musical instruments during sketches on SNL. Vulture Considering Meyers and Armisen spent many years at SNL together, including during Armisen’s many character bits on “Weekend Update,” hopefully this will mean Armisen will also act as the show’s sidekick — like a hipster Paul Shaffer. LA Times / Show Tracker Meyers’ reign on Late Night begins Feb. 24 and his first guest will be another former SNL colleague, Amy Poehler.

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Did Jay Pharoah Just Have a Breakout Night?

It sure feels that way.

And we’re not referring to the Saturday Night Live performer’s appearance as President Obama in the cold-open with Kerry Washington. His impression is serviceable and certainly a merciful relief from Fred Armisen‘s agonizingly unfunny 44th. No, it’s what followed that was off-the-hook notable.

Pharaoh channeled the slickness of Andy Samberg‘s taped bits for the music video spoof “My Girl;” he was gut-bustingly hilarious on Weekend Update as Shaquille O’Neal, alongside Kenan Thompson‘s great Charles Barkley; and Pharaoh again provided a great spark with Washington in the skit “How’s He Doing” when he talked, in character as Ebony writer Ronnie Williams, about how much he would love to get a “white person’s mail.”

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East Coast Media Figures Reveal Favorite LA Haunts

New York freelance writer and journalist Jeryl Brunner recently book ended her fall 2011 release My City, My New York with a west coast-focused second tome. Among the many fun little snippets in My City, My Los Angeles are various excerpts from NYC media boldface.

The very first passage in the book comes from Nicholas Kristof, who reminisces about meeting his wife in LA back in 1986 and enjoying the benefits of being done by east-coast-deadline time. Others who shared with Brunner their favorite corners of Lalaland include Fred Armisen, Cheryl Tiegs and the bi-coastal Piers Morgan:

“My favorite place in LA is Manhattan Beach… it reminds me of a British seaside resort…”

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Amazon Studios Adds Celebrity Voiceovers

Quietly, Amazon Studios has been rewriting the rules of screenplay competitions. They have introduced a lot of innovative elements to the process, including the ability of competitors to voice a scene from their script.

To publicize that element of the operation, Amazon recently went ahead and enlisted the services of a quartet of Hollywood celebs for “Star Tracks,” an A-list version of the same said service. Lending their talents to the proceedings are Fred Armisen, Jeffrey Tambor, Tricia Helfer, and Alison Pill.

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Larry King Goes Out with a Doppelganger

After 25 years, Larry King signed off for the last time last night. CNN’s “Larry King Live” is no more, as King has called it quits. His final show was a pretty star-studded affair. But no segment was better than Katie Couric‘s poem. Haha. Just kidding. Dear God, no.

No segment was better than King interviewing himself, with a little help from SNL’s Fred Armisen.

King’s whole show is posted on YouTube. Watch it after the jump if you’re so inclined.

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Funny or Die: POTUS Takes on SCOTUS Decision

Former MADtv actor Jordan Peele has gotten his Obama impression down. Check out this video from last year. Huge improvement. We’re so impressed. Which is more than we can say for Fred Armisen on SNL.

Sketch written by Owen Burke, produced by Josh Simpson and Mike Farah, shot and Edited by Brad Schulz.

Fred Armisen Gets an Intervention Intervention

Fred Armisen plays Fred Armisen in this hilarious spoof/send up of Intervention.

The Elisabeth Moss cameo gave us a Mad Men jones. Soon junkies, soon…August 16.

Couric, Palin, and Bush: Everybody’s Talking About the Economy

So there may or may not be a debate tonight. Or Barack Obama may debate himself (calling Fred Armisen!). Or do a townhall. Or do a Q&A with Jim Leher. At this point we’ve given up predicting what the world might look like by noon today let alone twelve hours from now. What we do know is that overnight Washington Mutual bank had to be seized by the government and sold off in pieces — the largest seizure to take place in American history. Right now President George W. Bush is on the television talking about the $700 million bailout that fell apart, saying that any time you have legislation that is this big, that needs to be pushed through this quickly, there will be big challenges. Except! THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. Anyway, in case you missed it here’s the second part of Sarah Palin‘s interview with Katie Couric last night. She’s talking about the economy: “This is a crisis moment for America.” In so many ways.


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