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13 Reasons To Love Fred Armisen A Little More

Fred can do it all: drummer, actor, writer, bandleader, and the list goes on.. Get a little closer to Fred and all his characters on Portlandia. Season 4 starts Thursday February 27, 10/9c on IFC

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1. Because he has great glasses.

Those thick-framed glasses have been his signature look before they became trendy, and we love him for it.
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Those thick-framed glasses have been his signature look before they became trendy, and we love him for it.

2. Because he's totally fearless.

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Fred Armisen is the adventure everyone wants, having dropped out of school to become a rock star. Like you always wanted to, but could never muster up the courage to actually do.

3. Because he is a man of many talents — he was once the background drummer for Blue Man Group.

Yep, those guys! Fred performed with them in Chicago during the '90s.
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Yep, those guys! Fred performed with them in Chicago during the '90s.

4. Because he is incredibly wise.

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Sometimes it's good to unplug.

5. Because he's entertaining, even as a cartoon.

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He is the voice of The Looney Tunes Show's Speedy Gonzales, and was even recently a Smurf!

6. Because he's a great dancer.

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Look at those moves! We have so much to learn.

7. Because smart is sexy.

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And his brains are definitely equal to his braun.

8. But he just landed a gig as the band leader on the new Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Is there anything he can't do?
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Is there anything he can't do?

9. Because he got indie music and SXSW before it was on most people's radars.

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This comedic video of him spoofing SXSW culture in 1998 helped get him discovered by Bob Odenkirk and, later, SNL.

10. Because he's a real, talented musician — he's even putting out songs from his fake SNL bands on records this year!

The first release will be out via Drag City on February 18.
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The first release will be out via Drag City on February 18.

11. Because he's a master of disguise.

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Fred has done a damn good job making us laugh while impersonating everyone from Prince to former New York City governor, David Paterson, over the past decade.

12. Because he's good to his mom — this is them together at the premiere of Portlandia a few years ago.

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13. Bonus "because": Those gams!

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Can't wait for the premiere? Don't worry, the web series will tide you over!

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