Smithsonian Magazine Salutes a Pair of SNL Alums

Bill Hader and Fred Armisen are this year's chosen purveyors of Performing Arts ingenuity.

SmithsonianDecember2015Tonight in Washington D.C., a Saturday Night Live moment will take place. During Smithsonian magazine’s fourth annual American Ingenuity Awards banquet, Senator Al Franken will present the Performing Arts Award to fellow former SNL cast members Bill Hader and Fred Armisen.

The deserving duo are also on the cover of the December issue, which goes out to subscribers next week and hits newsstands Nov. 24. From the Ingenuity Awards program notes:

These Saturday Night Live veterans are two of the most talented actors, writers, comedians and producers working in Hollywood today. Armisen and Hader’s new creation is Documentary Now!, an IFC series of fictitious (and hilarious) documentaries and biopics that revolutionizes the mockumentary tradition by parodying classic American non-fiction films ranging from Nanook of the North to The Thin Blue Line. Armisen is also the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s Peabody Award winning series, Portlandia, along with Carrie Brownstein. Hader has appeared in numerous movies, including Trainwreck and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

A total of twelve individuals are being honored tonight at an event some have dubbed “the Golden Globes of the intellect.” Kickstarter founder Perry Chen will present Chicago artist Theaster Gates with the Social Progress Award, while Hamilton free-styling whiz Lin-Manuel Miranda – who recently killed it on The Tonight Show – will accept the History Award from RubĂ©n Blades.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.