Armisen grew up in Long Island, New York. His mother is of Venezuelan descent and his father is of German and Japanese ancestry. He attended the School of Visual Arts (NYC).
Armisen is SNL's second Asian-American cast member (after Rob Schneider, who is part Filipino) as well as the second Hispanic-American cast member (after Horatio Sanz, who is Chilean-American). With Darrell Hammond gone from the cast at the start of the 35th season, Armisen is now the only SNL cast member to be born before the 1970s and the oldest cast member at age 43.
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