Seth Meyers has just tweeted the first photo of his upcoming talk show’s 8G Band, a.k.a. the Roots to his Jimmy Fallon. Spy any familiar faces?
That’s right – Meyers’ old SNL pal Fred Armisen, an accomplished musician who began his showbiz career as a drummer for a punk group (and, uh, the Blue Man Group), will serve as the frontman for Meyers’ Late Night band. Meyers says Armisen will both “curate and lead” 8G, even when the quirky comedian is busy with his own IFC comedy series, Portlandia:
Armisen joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the fall of 2002, one year after Meyers made his debut as an SNL featured player. When Armisen exited the sketch show in 2013, he was its cast’s second-longest-tenured member – second only to Meyers, who had also been named SNL’s Head Writer in 2006. More recently, Armisen was among the former cast members who dropped by to say farewell to Meyers during the imminent Late Night host’s last Weekend Update, albeit in the guise of former New York Governor David Patterson:
Portlandia’s gluten-free fourth season premieres on IFC on Feb. 27. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Monday, Feb. 24, on NBC.