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Fred Armisen to team up with Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff for Untitled Comedy

Jun. 13, 2013by: Paul Shirey
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Fans of both Fred Armisen and Terry Zwigoff, get ready to be happy. The BAD SANTA director is set to team up with the SNL and Portlandia comedian for an Untitled comedy, gearing up to start shooting in the fall. The film (formerly called AND JUSTICE FOR AL) stars Armisen as "Al Fishkin, an innocent man who is set up for a minor crime and placed under house arrest in his childhood home with his parents. With the help of his friends, Al plots to clear his name and get revenge on the man who framed him."

The film is said to have some romantic elements, but is mostly focused on "how growing up is harder the second time around." The script was written by Zwigoff and his BAD SANTA assistant Melissa Axelrod. Zwigoff's last film was the 2006 underrated and rarely seen ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, with his other credits being BAD SANTA, GHOST WORLD, and the documentary CRUMB. As a fan of all of those films and a huge fan of Armisen's, especially his work on IFC's Portlandia (which was just renewed for two more seasons), I'm looking forward to seeing this one come to fruition.

Armisen is one of the key players on SNL and has shown up in small parts throughout the comedy genre, including ANCHORMAN, THE DICTATOR, and EASY A, doing voice work for THE SMURFS, as well as shows like Out There and The Looney Tunes. This will be his first venture as the comedy lead.

What do you think? Can Armisen hold his own in a feature?

Extra Tidbit: Portlandia is my favorite comedy show on TV right now. Give it a shot and see if it's for you (currently streaming on Netflix).
Source: The Wrap

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6:47PM on 06/17/2013

I heart Fred

I once bumped into Fred Armisen at LAX, while waiting to pick up my infamous friend, SuperMarcey and he was a super nice guy, even though he clearly looked exhausted after his plane travel and had to wait longer than expected for his luggage to appear. He thanked me for saying I was a fan and when I said, "I'm sure you get that all the time," he replied quite earnestly, "I don't. But when I do, I especially appreciate it. It's always good to hear that people enjoy what I enjoy doing."
I once bumped into Fred Armisen at LAX, while waiting to pick up my infamous friend, SuperMarcey and he was a super nice guy, even though he clearly looked exhausted after his plane travel and had to wait longer than expected for his luggage to appear. He thanked me for saying I was a fan and when I said, "I'm sure you get that all the time," he replied quite earnestly, "I don't. But when I do, I especially appreciate it. It's always good to hear that people enjoy what I enjoy doing."
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9:28AM on 06/14/2013

Most talented guy on SNL in the last 10 years

The guy was so dedicated to the characters he created that he even acted as a Macaw bird whose mannerisms were exactly identical to a bird I once had as a pet. Made me laugh so hard. I disagree with the one comment that Fred is just "supporting" talent. He held his own in every sketch that he lead, and they did give him quite a few lead spots. For some reason though, the last couple of seasons on SNL he wasn't utilized as much, and these horrible, yes I mean NOT FUNNY new cast members were
The guy was so dedicated to the characters he created that he even acted as a Macaw bird whose mannerisms were exactly identical to a bird I once had as a pet. Made me laugh so hard. I disagree with the one comment that Fred is just "supporting" talent. He held his own in every sketch that he lead, and they did give him quite a few lead spots. For some reason though, the last couple of seasons on SNL he wasn't utilized as much, and these horrible, yes I mean NOT FUNNY new cast members were given precedence. Save for Bill Hader, nobody has made me laugh harder than Fred Armisen on SNL these past few seasons. The characters that Fred created were original and freaking funny. He should do quite well in this venture.
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11:05PM on 06/13/2013
Terry Zwigoff is just unusual enough a director to take note when he signs to a movie. Fred Armisen was a favorite back-up player on SNL and his Portlandia gig is paying off in spades. I wonder who they'll find to play his parents for this movie. A film like this lives and dies by the familial chemistry.
Terry Zwigoff is just unusual enough a director to take note when he signs to a movie. Fred Armisen was a favorite back-up player on SNL and his Portlandia gig is paying off in spades. I wonder who they'll find to play his parents for this movie. A film like this lives and dies by the familial chemistry.
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9:22PM on 06/13/2013

Interesting

I have always seen Armisen as a role player and not nessicarily a leading man. Even on SNL he always was more of a supporting character and never broke out while doing some decent work with weak writing. He has made the right move by making his first starring role in a Zwigoff directed film. I think it will be interesting to see and I am willing to give Armisen a chance. I do believe he could pull of a comedy with more dramatic notes like an Alexander Payne/Sideways type role. Hoping for
I have always seen Armisen as a role player and not nessicarily a leading man. Even on SNL he always was more of a supporting character and never broke out while doing some decent work with weak writing. He has made the right move by making his first starring role in a Zwigoff directed film. I think it will be interesting to see and I am willing to give Armisen a chance. I do believe he could pull of a comedy with more dramatic notes like an Alexander Payne/Sideways type role. Hoping for the best because he seems like a genuinely cool guy with a good bit of talent.
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