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Fred Armisen Knows How To Fix NYC's Subway System

By Andrew Sanford | TV | March 28, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | March 28, 2023 |


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I have lived in New York City for almost 16 years. The subway has always sucked. It is inconsistent at best and painfully slow at worst. The train car you get into could be freezing or boiling. Oh, and the smells. Dear god, the smells! Despite all of that, the subway is the easiest and most efficient way to get around the city. I’ll take train traffic over regular traffic any day of the week. The NYC subway works despite itself, but it could use some improvements.

Our Mayor and Governor are too busy putting money in the pockets of cops and corporations (respectively), so it’s up to Fred Armisen to make a few suggestions! The former SNL cast member will occasionally play the drums for his buddy Seth Meyers’s show. The two usually end up chatting. This time they discussed a suggestion for fixing the subway. Are the trains inconsistent? Why not just lean into that? Let the people dictate where the trains go!

Armisen’s suggestions are nonsense. Yet, for a half second, I found myself taking him seriously. I’m very used to a silly Fred Armisen. Even in interviews, he tends to be a bit jokey (in my experience). Here he plays it straight. Because of that, I felt more dialed in than I expected. When he finally cracks a smile after Seth calls out the absurd nature of the idea, the game comes more into focus. It feels like how Armisen behaves with his friends.

The New York City subway may never be fixed. Hell, climate change may wipe it out before the city gets the chance. So, let’s just run with Fred Armisen’s “Uber-like” idea. At least then we’d be trying something.