August 18, 1978
Andy Samberg Overview:
Comedian, filmmaker and musician Andy Samberg is best known for being both a cast member on Saturday Night Live and as one-third of the musical comedy group The Lonely Island, the trio responsible for SNL Digital Shorts like "D-ck in a Box," "I'm on a Boat" and "Lazy Sunday." Those Grammy and Emmy-nominated songs and videos have made Samberg a star, but it's the characters that he's played on the show (including "Kathy" during "Weekend Update") and his accurate impressions of actors like Mark Wahlberg and Nicolas Cage that demonstrate his chops as a talented comic actor.
Quick Andy Samberg Facts:
- Andy Samberg was born David Andrew Samberg in Mill Valley, California, in August of 1978.
- He began making short films while attending college at both University of California, Santa Cruz and New York University.
- In 2001, he formed the comedy troupe The Lonely Island with friends Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. The trio would go on to create all of the Digital Shorts for Saturday Night Live.
- He joined the cast of SNL in 2005 as a featured performer. He became a full cast member one year later for the show's 32nd season. He left the show in 2012.
- In 2007, he headlined his first feature film: Hot Rod.
Andy Samberg at 'SNL':
Hired as a featured performer at Saturday Night Live in 2005 (his fellow Lonely Island bandmates Taccone and Schaffer were hired on as writers), Andy Samberg caught the attention of audiences in his first year with "Lazy Sunday," in which he starred with Chris Parnell about two guys trying to go see The Chronicles of Narnia. The video became a viral sensation and Samberg became a star practically overnight. The Digital Shorts became a staple of almost every episode of SNL, and Samberg went on to create several recurring characters, including Shy Ronnie, Mort Mort Feingold and Mark Wahlberg.
Samberg left SNL in 2012.
Popular Digital Shorts:
- "D-ck in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake)
- "Natalie Portman Rap" (with Natalie Portman)
- "Punching People While Eating"
- "On the Ground"
- "Japanese Office" (with Steve Carell)
- "Jizz in my Pants"
- "I'm On a Boat"
- "Motherlover" (with Justin Timberlake"
- "I Just Had Sex"
- "Jack Sparrow" (with Michael Bolton)
Additional Andy Samberg Facts:
- During his first season with Saturday Night Live, Samberg appeared in more pre-taped sketches and films than actual live sketches.
- The Lonely Island released their first album, Incredibad, in 2009. It featured many of the songs first heard as part of the SNL Digital Shorts. Their follow-up album, Turtleneck & Chain, was released in 2011 and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Comedy Album (it lost to Hilarious by Louis C.K.)
- In 2009, Samberg hosted the MTV Movie Awards. He had previously written for the awards show in 2004 and 2005.
- Incredibad, the first album from The Lonely Island, went on to become one of the best-selling hip hop albums in the U.S. when it was released in 2009.
- In 2012, he co-starred opposite Adam Sandler (himself an alumnus of Saturday Night Live in the comedy That's My Boy.
- Other notable Andy Samberg film roles include I Love You, Man, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Space Chimps and What's Your Number?.
- He has twice been named on the America's "hottest bachelors" by People magazine.
- He delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University in 2012.