Dream Movie Casting: Fred Armisen in the True Story of Abner Jay
Fred Armisen is a sketchy guy.
This is not an insult, it’s just that his comedy relies heavily on sketch’s. His skits on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia usually depict oddball characters, some fictional, others grounded in reality & current events (see Obama) .
He’s known to have a flair for showbiz related subjects & characters. There’s Fericito, a Venezuelan nightclub comedian who was a regular on Saturday Night Live and showed up in Wilco’s documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. More recently, there’s Garth from SNL’s Week-End Update where duo Garth & Kat (Kristen Wig) sing unrehearsed tunes to Seth Meyers’ dismay.
Following in the footsteps of other musical biopics and rockumentaries (think Ray meets Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), we’d be interested in seeing an Abner Jay movie that would introduce him to the world. Who better to play the eccentric and self proclaimed “last working southern black minstrel”? Jay was a “one-man-band” musician who toured the south in his converted mobile home. He sang minstrel & field songs & even Christian hymns. Wild music! Hear for yourself.
Some possible titles for the project; The Last Black Minstrel, The True Story of Abner Jay, One Man Band, Abner’s Outsider Music, Abner Jay is So Depressed.
Fred Armisen as Abner Jay
His biggest “hit”.
Here’s footage from Abner Jay’s final show at the Grassroots Festival in New York, portable stage and all.
Another “One Man Band”, Jens Hannemann (played by Armisen) who’s loosely based on drum virtuoso Marco Minnemann. Hilarious.