Seth Myers band

The most important person in any late-night show is obviously its host, but a show’s bandleader can have a huge impact on that show’s personality. Consider, if you will, NBC’s Late Night franchise. In its past incarnations, Paul Shaffer, Max Weinberg, and ?uestlove have all led the house bands, and it would be impossible to imagine any of those shows without those guys. And now, when Seth Meyers takes over the show later this month, we now know who will lead his band: Meyers’s old SNL castmate Fred Armisen.

Meyers Tweeted the above photo of Armisen and his G8 band earlier today, and it appears that the band will also include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav, Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys), and Kim Thompson (Beyoncé). Armisen was a drummer in the underground Trenchmouth for years before he broke into the comedy world, and he also played drums on a few songs from Les Savy Fav’s 2007 album Let’s Stay Friends. On Twitter, Meyers writes that “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia.” We’ll learn how this sounds when Meyers takes over the show 2/24.

Comments (17)
  1. Very cool. Hope the band booker is in the Armisen mold, not Myers, he seems like a square.

  2. Fred Armisen is not a very nice person.

    • more info, pls

      • It’s pretty well known around Chicago rock circles that he’s a bit of a sociopath, and many of his former romantic partners would agree. I definitely have heard a few personal stories, but I’m just some guy on the internet. I agree completely with this quote from his ex-wife Elizabeth Moss:

        “One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, ‘He’s so great doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.’ To me, that sums it up… I’ve never told anyone that. And I don’t want to waste any more of my life talking about it.”,,20576849,00.html?icid=maing-grid10|htmlws-main-bb|dl11|sec1_lnk3&pLid=141853

  3. Fred Armisen is an unfunny worm, and it sucks that he's going to be on tv a lot more.— Tom Breihan (@tombreihan) February 10, 2014

  4. While this could work, it has already destroyed the show’s chances of landing an Elizabeth Moss interview.

  5. The news of Syd & Seth from LSF being in the band excited me more than Fred’s inclusion. Those guys deserve steady income!

    But I guess that also means I should continue to NOT expect any future live shows from LSF :(

    It’s been more than 6 years since I saw them live! What gives? More people need the LSF live experience in their lives… some more than once!

  6. On one hand I’m thrilled Seth & Syd from Les Savy Fav have a steady paying gig.

    On the other hand I guess we shouldn’t expect LSF to play live any time soon. Not that they’ve been playing live much at all since Root For Ruin. It’s sad. I want to see them live again so bad. It may have been 6 years ago when I saw them live, but it was still one of the best damn shows of my life.

  7. I like Les Savy Fav and Fred, but also Girls Against Boys (Eli Janney) was one of my favorite 90s bands, probably saw them 7 times as a youngin. He also produced Brainiac, Enon, etc.. So good to see him get a regular gig too.

  8. I’m sorry, but enough with Fred Armisen. I know he fancies himself a guitar player – not that anyone can even hear him, his volume is always way down – but it just seems more about his camera time than about music. And this band already has a guitar player, plus special guests. So if they want another player, why can’t somebody else have an opportunity? Having Fred in there is distracting to the show. And it’s too bad, I always liked his work, but he has reached the point of overexposure. Besides, if you watch him, he’s always playing basic power chords, nothing that would sound that interesting.

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