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SNL David Bowie tribute: Fred Armisen honors late music icon

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Fred Armisen returned to Studio 8H last night to honor David Bowie and his iconic performances on Saturday Night Live.

The SNL alum took to the stage near the end of the Adam Driver-hosted episode to describe how as a high school student growing up in Long Island, he stayed up late to watch Bowie on SNL in 1979.

“Watching him was, for me, a life-changing experience,” Armisen said. “He had these backup singers that were like choir singers from the future and a toy poodle with a TV monitor in his mouth.”

Bowie performed three songs that night, but Armisen singled out his performance of “The Man Who Sold The World,” with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias singing backup. “David Bowie transformed whatever space he was in, whatever medium he was using, and that night for me, he transformed live television,” Armisen said.


Watch Armisen’s tribute and a clip of Bowie’s performance above, and head here to see all of Bowie’s SNL performances in full.