KNITTING FACTORY PRESENTS
Fred Armisen, Jacqueline Novak
Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing, and writing in both comedy and music.
He is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s PORTLANDIA alongside Carrie Brownstein. He received an Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” in 2014 and a nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series” in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2015, the show received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” In 2013, Armisen, along with the other writers, won a Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Comedy/Variety Series,” they were nominated again in 2014. PORTLANDIA received prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in 2011. The critically acclaimed show recently finished its sixth season, and the seventh season will begin airing next year.
Armisen’s most recent venture is his new IFC comedy, DOCUMENTARY NOW!. The show is a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject. The show is returning for its second season later this year. Meyers is an executive producer for the series along with Armisen and Hader, who play all the primary roles. Additionally, Armisen recently teamed up with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, NBCUniversal Telemundo, and fellow SNL alum Horatio Sanz to create a digital comedy channel aimed at the English-speaking Hispanic audience called MAS MEJOR. The channel launched in early January 2016 and includes a weekly short-form premium comedy series and other topical video and editorial content.
An eleven-season veteran of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Armisen has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters including world leaders like President Barack Obama or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the popular digital short “Iran So Far Away” to “Weekend Update” fixtures like political comedian Nicholas Fehn or half of the songwriting team of Garth and Kat (with Kristen Wiig) to name a few. He closed out his last season in the guise of British punk rocker Ian Rubbish with a star-studded performance of the original song “It’s a Lovely Day.”
Jacqueline Novak is a NY based comedian and author who made her TV debut on the Late Late show with James Corden in 2015. This past June she shot a half hour comedy special for Comedy Central which is currently available to stream. Her first book “How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows” was released in 2016 by Crown Publishing. Her second book “Weddiculous” which she co-wrote with Jamie Lee was released earlier this year by HarperCollins.