Fred Armisen Salutes David Bowie For “Transforming Live Television” On ‘Saturday Night Live

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 9.13.32 AMFred Armisen cameoed on last night’s season-return of Saturday Night Live, offering a brief and deeply felt tribute to David Bowie, who died last Sunday of cancer at 69. “When I was in high school and living on Long Island,,” Armisen said, “I stayed up to see David Bowie play on Saturday Night Live.” It was December 15, 1979 and Bowie performed “The Man Who Sold The World” with an assist from German performance artist Klaus Nomi and New York’s own acclaimed drag artist Joey Arias. “Watching him was for me a life-changing experience,” Armisen said, with his chorus of singers “from the future and a toy poodle with a TV monitor in his mouth. David Bowie transformed whatever space he was in, whatever medium he was using and that night, for me, he transformed live television.” The Studio 8H audience was visibly and audibly moved by the tribute, and viewers responded quickly on SNL’s social media sites:

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