Fred Armisen is strange. The Saturday Night Live star is one of those comedians who revels in the absurd, and doesn’t seem to care whether or not the audience “gets” what he’s going for. This style is why he’s so important to SNL: The show needs wild card players, and now that Will Forte has shuffled off to (hopefully) bigger and better things, Armisen is needed more than ever. His new series, Portlandia (premiering tonight at 10:30 p.m. on IFC) promises more of the same. To wit: It’s a sketch comedy show that Armisen did with fromer Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein. In honor of this premiere, let’s take a look at some of Armisen’s most memorable strange-folk.

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