Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Andy Samberg & TLI performing at the 2011 Emmy Awards (photos)

Singers Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island perform onstage during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Break it down, Andy:

Bolton comes up with the dudes:

And then Andy starts rapping:

See if you can spot Maya Rudolph as Lady Gaga, Ed Helms as Justin Timberlake, John Stamos as Andy Samberg, Akon, Michael Bolton as Jack Sparrow, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer...

Stamos looks a LOT like Andy Samberg (I think he even tried moving like Andy does in the videos which helps sell it):

And here Andy and TLI parade by, not singing, while everyone else sings their songs (classic)...

Bolton and Samberg up close:

Up close on the Three Way:

So I think TLI picked these three the way they often pick people, they come up and say, "I love your work." Then TLI is thinking, "Really? Enough to be in it?" =^)

More photos of the event here:

What was your favorite part of the song?



Stephen Hatchett said...

I think this guy's schtick is fucking tired. Another song parody? Have you got nothing else?

Ed Price said...


Well, Stephen, he does a lot of other things... skits, impressions, movies (he's got an Adam Sandler movie coming up and others), he hosts events and shows, he sells hit albums that are more successful than a lot of great music out there, etc. He's been nominated for 6 Emmys, won an Emmy, and has been nominated for a Grammy.

So does he do other things? Yeah, but our society as a whole (which you're a part of) determines what's popular, and this is what we determined is the most popular.

And when we determine that we like something a lot, that affects what the artists do in the future. So you might disagree about the humor of these songs, but there are enough people who disagree with you (in the hundreds of millions) that make the songs hugely popular in every way (SNL ratings, getting them awards, performances, selling CDs, etc.).

So there will be more simply because that is what society as a whole (which you're part of) is asking for.

It's kind of like voting. You might not have voted for the winning candidate, but the majority did.


Ed Price said...

And how can you say his shtick is tired on this post? Did you watch the performance?

First, Andy was nominated for three Emmys for three different songs in one year. That's gotta be a record in itself.

So they combine all three songs into one medley!

Second, Andy and TLI obviously can't get Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake from Golden Rule together, so instead he gets three hilarious comedians who can sing together to dress like them and perform for them (with John Stamos playing Andy Samberg).

Third, in one of the funniest performances, they have great singers belting out the songs at the end (Michael Bolton, Akon, and Maya Rudolph), as TLI marches by with a huge sign that says "#1 Sex Champions"! They aren't even performing their own songs!

Add to that strange interactions with William H Macy and some American motif going on, and you have something so crazy and random that people are calling it the best (or at least the funniest) awards performance they've ever seen.

So is his shtick getting old? It's comedy and music, but those are the only things in common here. Other than that, they keep breaking new ground.


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