Watch ‘Portlandia’ star Fred Armisen join Devo onstage at US festival

The comedian donned a jumpsuit and energy dome in Oakland, California

Portlandia star Fred Armisen made an appearance at a US festival last night (June 30), when he joined Devo onstage.

The comedian and actor has previously appeared on records by Les Save Fav and Matthew Sweet, while he once played background drums for the Blue Man Group.

Devo were headlining the Burger Boogaloo festival in Oakland, California, where they played alongside the likes of The Damned, Hunx & His Punx, Mudhoney, and more. Armisen was the band’s guest drummer for the night, and appeared onstage in the group’s traditional uniform of a jumpsuit and energy dome hat. Watch fan-shot footage below.


The band shared the news of Armisen’s recruitment on Twitter on Friday (June 29), writing: “Our friend Fred Armisen, longtime DEVOtee, will be joining us on drums for the Burger Boogaloo show in Oakland, CA this weekend.

“He brought his vintage Club DEVO membership kit to rehearsals, which he purchased in the early 1980s. Duty Now For The Future, Fred!”

Portlandia‘s eighth and final season recently aired. Armisen co-created and starred in the sketch comedy series with Sleater-Kinney‘s Carrie Brownstein. The show featured cameos from Steve Buscemi, Aubrey Plaza, Kyle MacLachlan, Kurt Vile, and more.


In 2015, Armisen joined Blur onstage in Los Angeles to perform a US-friendly version of the Essex band’s hit single ‘Parklife’. The comedian changed Phil Daniels’ spoken word parts for an American audience, including transforming the line “I get rudely awakened by the dustmen” to “When they come to pick up my recycling.”


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