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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. (The host also included the above photo.)
Armisen departed "Saturday Night Live" at the end of the last season. He joined the show for Meyers' final broadcast in January. "Portlandia," about to start its fourth season on IFC, has previous provided a musical outlet for Armisen. In addition to performing on the series, he and co-star and co-creator Carrie Brownstein have performed songs while touring to promote the show.
A drummer and a guitarist, Armisen was a drummer for the punk rock band Trenchmouth in the late 1980s. He also played background drums for The Blue Man Group in the mid-90s.
A larger version of this story first appeared on THR.com.