Born December 4, 1966 in Valley Stream, New York. He is of German, Japanese, and Venezuelan descent. He played drums for Trenchmouth
in 1988, Blue Man Group
in the 1990s, and in 1997 he toured with Those Bastard Souls
featuring Steven Drozd
. In 1998, he made a short film called "Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and South by Southwest". He then tried stand-up comedy. In 2002 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.