There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
I don’t imagine that Lorne Michaels is much of a Trenchmouth fan. So it’s probably a good thing for percussionist-turned-comedian Fred Armisen that, not too long after the Chicago-based art-punk quartet disbanded, in 1996, he found himself a hot commodity in a new market. Following the surprise success of his 1998 short film Fred Armisen’s Guide to Music and SXSW—in which, posing as a developmentally disabled journalist, he interviewed Steve Albini, Pavement, and Janeane Garofalo at the South by Southwest music festival—Armisen made appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and HBO before landing a spot on Saturday Night Live. Now he’s in his second season, and Armisen’s rock background continues to play a major role in his acts: Among the costumed funnyman’s more popular characters are the bongo-beating lounge-lizard Fericito and Mackey the geriatric drummer. Ask Armisen if he’s signed Tina Fey’s copy of Vs. the Light of the Sun when he performs with Les Savy Fav and Sam Jayne at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Matthew Borlik)