SNL star Fred Armisen has just signed on to guest star on an episode of Amy Poehler’s NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, EW.com’s Michael Ausiello has learned.
Armisen, 42, will play Poehler’s counterpart from Pawnee, Indiana’s sister city (which is somehow located in Venezuela?). Parks executive producer, Michael Schur, tells Ausiello: “Leslie (Poehler) arranges for [Armisen and his colleagues] to come for a visit, but they’re from a city in Venezuela. They’re very confused because in Venezuela the government is so powerful; their parks department travels with military escorts and motorcades and stuff. They have all the money in the world because of their oil and they [don't understand] why Pawnee’s parks department is so rinky-dink.”
This sounds like a funny premise for an episode if only because of the parallels between Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—plus the fact that Armisen’s character sounds like he’s a Venezuelan snob who is a big fan of dictator Hugo Chávez. I look forward to their quarrels!
This isn’t Armisen’s first-time playing a Venezuelan. The Venezuelan/German/Japanese comedian has actually imitated Chávez on SNL in the past. But he is perhaps best known for his impersonations of President Barack Obama on seasons 33 and 34 of the show. Armisen is the second Hispanic-American cast member in the history of SNL (after Chilean-American Horatio Sanz).
Are you looking forward to Armisen’s appearance on Parks and Recreation? Who do you think would win in a fight: Hillary Clinton or Hugo Chavez?