Before Fred Armisen was a star on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, he was filming shorts for HBO as "Fred." Before that, he played drums in a Chicago band called Trenchmouth.
And in between? Step back into your hot tub time machines to 1998, when Armisen visited Austin for the SXSW festival to produce his own guide to music, performing and conducting interviews in several fake accents to unsuspecting musicians, panelists and even comedians. Take Janeane Garofalo, for example. She was at SXSW in 1998 to file reports for MTV. Let's see what happens when Armisen asks her silly questions.
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