Seth Meyers says former comedy colleague Fred Armisen will lead the band when he takes over NBC’s Late Night.
Meyers tweeted on Monday that his former Saturday Night Live castmate will “curate and lead” the band and run it even while shooting his IFC comedy series Portlandia. NBC confirmed the news.
Armisen is best known as a comic performer from Portlandia and his decade at SNL. But he began show business as a drummer, principally for the punk-rock band Trenchmouth in the 1990s.
He will handle vocals and guitar for Late Night’s 8G Band. Other players include Seth Jabour on guitar, Syd Butler on bass, Eli Janney on keyboards and Kimberly Thompson on drums.
Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres on February 24. Portlandia returns for its fourth season three days later.