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.