Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: The Discovery by Norman Rockwell

Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: The Discovery by Norman Rockwell


-You’re a gift
in the holiday season. Having you here is a gift, because you are
a Renaissance man, Fred. I hope you don’t mind me
saying that. -No, I don’t mind.
-Okay. And you just know so much
about everything. You know so much about music,
so much about literature, so much about films.
A cinephile — Would it be fair
to call you a cinephile? -Very fair, yes. -And one thing is,
you are also an art connoisseur. -I am. -And you were
telling me recently that you have almost
an art historian’s knowledge of every painting ever painted. -Not almost.
I mean, exactly that, yeah. Every painting. -Exactly every one. -Exactly every one, yes. -And this isn’t just something,
and again, no judgment, this isn’t just something
you made up to impress me. And you’re not putting me
in an awkward situation now where I’m going to ask you
to describe a painting, and you’re going to just make it
up off the top of your head. -No, no, no. -You wouldn’t do that to me on
our last show before Christmas. -No, of course not. I would not do that to you. -Okay. Then it’s time once again
for our new segment, “Fred Armisen: Art Aficionado.” ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] Fred! This is Norman Rockwell’s
1956 painting “The Discovery.” Fred, tell us
about this painting. -A fascinating painting. This is, first of all,
Mr. Rockwell’s first painting. And he painted it
at a very young age. He was 1 years old. -He was 1 year — In 1956, Norman Rockwell
was 1 years old. -That’s when they sort of,
you know, gave it a title, and they put it up in a gallery, but he had painted it
much earlier. -Oh, I see.
-As a baby. He discovered it as an adult,
like, “Oh, my God. I think I painted this
when I was 1.” [ Laughter ] So when he was a baby, what they
used to do in those days, is they used
to just give babies, like, you know, tools and things like, here’s a wrench.
Are you a mechanic? Here is, you know — Here’s
a ruler. Are you a teacher? So they give him a paint brush. -So, I’m sorry — Like, as means
of, like, an aptitude test? -Yes.
-Okay. -Those were just the days. And they gave him
a paint brush and canvas, and he whipped this up in, I don’t know,
20 minutes or something. -It’s hyper realistic
for a 1-year-old. -Yeah, but —
-I think you said 1 years old. Is that how you do it?
-Well, he was 1 years old. -So that’s interesting.
I would say 1 year old. -Yeah, but with months, with
babies’ ages, it’s a plural, because it’s the continuation
of the year before. So it’s not 1 year. He didn’t —
He had completed that one year. So he was 1 years. -Okay. I feel like
we’re away from art. -Yeah, but he would be then
in his second year. So 1 years old. 2 years old.
-Okay. Gotcha. ‘Cause he’s, like, 1.2 years. -Exactly. Yes. Thank you.
-Yeah, okay. -So, he painted this. He did it really quickly,
and then the doctor told him, he was like, “You know
you’re 1 years old.” And so the baby’s expression
at the surprise of that, he painted onto
the face of the boy. -Oh.
-He was like, you know what — -So this wasn’t done
until he found out — -Yes.
-Till the doctor told him, “You’re a good painter.”
-Yes. And he was like — [ Laughter ] And he just — -Wow. Thank you, Fred. I do believe that was all true. And I really appreciate you
not lying to me. -My pleasure.
-Merry Christmas, buddy. -Merry Christmas. -Give it up for Fred Armisen,
everyone!

12 thoughts on “Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: The Discovery by Norman Rockwell

  • December 20, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Genius

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  • December 20, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    It took me far too long to explain to my Mom that 'cinephile' doesn't mean what she thinks it does.

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  • December 20, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    “1 years old.” Most people would incorrectly say one-ish, Fred correctly uses the scientific classification.

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  • December 20, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    Why does the audience keep laughing? So annoying! I like to hear these facts, that's very interesting to me. Not everything has to be a joke, guys!

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  • December 20, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Even fred's silence is funnier than most comedians' words combined.
    Lovehimsomuch!

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  • December 20, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    Ok I have to ask? He's not really a art historian?

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  • December 20, 2019 at 10:51 am
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    Fred is not a grammarian.

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  • December 20, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    Jeez… A third of the video is just to set up the joke. 🥱

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  • December 20, 2019 at 11:33 am
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    This segment is the best thing in the world xD ahahah

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  • December 20, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    The paintings I did as a one year old were not so well received, maybe because i… um… sourced my own paint…

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  • December 20, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    Fun fact: Norman Rockwell retired from painting aged 3. He had achieved all he ever wanted to and lived in the Bahamas until his death aged 4. 👶🎨👻🌴

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  • December 20, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    Fred Armisen and Rhys Ifans should do a movie together.

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