Fred Armisen is about to document American history… Sort of!
The 45-year-old half-Venezuelan actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member, who has starred on IFC’s sketch comedy series Portlandia, will star in a new comedy project called American Documentary (working title).
Armisen created the docu-parody with his fellow Saturday Night Live vets Bill Hader and Seth Meyers.
American Documentary is hailed as a curated series of half-hour documentaries and biopics, each about a completely fictitious subject. Featuring a repertory-like ensemble cast, the episodes will explore important political figures, influential artists, titans of industry, and iconic cultural movements, all utterly fictional.
Produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Television and directed by SNL’s Rhys Thomas, American Documentary will be shot on location in the traditional documentary style.
IFC has ordered six half-hour episodes to premiere in 2015. Meyers will executive produce the series alongside Armisen and Hader, who’ll have recurring roles.
Production is scheduled to begin later this year.