Thursday, January 31, 2008

Andy Samberg - Cross-dresses with Justin Timberlake watching

Um, yeah. Here's a sweet Pepsi Stuff commercial with Justin Timberlake and a guest appearance by the one and only Andy Samberg. This commercial is for Superbowl 08, which is why it is special-effects-tastic!

This makes sense, since Andy and Justin text each other regularly, Andy's not working right now on SNL (due to the strike), and they love to work together.

Plus, this commercial is HIGHlarious! So check it out!!!


Andy Samberg - Has a 7-year contract on SNL

Okay. We're guessing a bit, but based on this byte of the interview...

"Samberg’s already looking beyond the summer, though. He has five years left on his SNL contract, there’s a Lonely Island comedy CD planned for the distant future and he’s already booked his next movie role, the lead voice-over in an animated comedy due out next year."


...We're saying that Andy Samberg has a 7 year contract on SNL. Since he's only on Season 3 (and it's getting wasted during the strike), we should get 4 more years of Andy Samberg!!!

That's it.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Andy Samberg - The movie that changed him was Billy Madison

Check out the bold stuff for quotes and other cool factoids.

Andy Samberg’s Super-Awesomely Retarded Awesome Zone!
He’s the best thing about SNL, his new movie is hilarious and his * still won’t leave your inbox. Inside the chimp-loving mind of comedy’s reigning goofball.

By Jonah Weiner

Blender, September 2007

In June 2004, Andy Samberg climbed out onto a ledge at the Chateau Marmont — the Hollywood hotel where John Belushi overdosed on speedballs and decadence keeps a pied-à-terre — and unzipped his pants. It was the after party for the MTV Movie Awards, and Samberg had been hitting the open bar pretty hard. “I was about to pee out the window of a second-floor bungalow,” he recalls. “Suddenly, I felt this hand on my shoulder. It was The Rock, and he was talking me out of it: ‘You don’t wanna do it, man. It’s not worth it.’ So finally, I climbed back in, and I said, ‘You know what, Rock? You were right. You were right.’” Sitting in the leafy backyard of a downtown-Manhattan bar, Samberg grins goofily. “That dude is awesome.”

Andy Samberg is an unapologetic connoisseur of all things stupid. He went to a fancy film school. He’s comfortable tossing around cineast lingo like “diegetic space” or dissecting the oeuvre of art-house auteur Jim Jarmusch. But he’d rather tell a story costarring his penis and a professional wrestler. Channel-surfing a few nights ago, he and a buddy caught the 1996 Jason Alexander vehicle Dunston Checks In. In Dunston, Alexander squares off against an unruly orangutan in a stuffy four-star hotel — and poo-flinging high jinks ensue! It wasn’t a hit. Even the orangutan fired his agent. But Samberg, a guy who makes his living discerning what’s funny from what’s not, was transfixed. “I have a deep love of monkey jokes,” he proclaims.

Two years ago, he was just another Saturday Night Live newbie, a Jewish boy with a floppy haircut, trying to sort out his place in the cast. He wasn’t the fat guy. He wasn’t the black guy. He wasn’t the guy who played George Bush. “He’s not someone who can do a thousand characters, and he knows it,” says his SNL costar Bill Hader. But Samberg quickly became the show’s funniest breakout star since Will Ferrell. And while it took Ferrell several seasons to hit his exuberant, cowbell-banging stride, Samberg just did what he’d been doing since graduating NYU four years earlier: He shot a ridiculous video. Airing in December 2005, “Lazy Sunday” — a gangsta-rap send-up in which Samberg and Chris Parnell play dorks celebrating a Chronicles of Narnia matinee — didn’t just dominate YouTube; it made YouTube. Instead of appearing on TV once a week, Samberg was suddenly shoving cupcakes down your throat every time you checked your inbox.

After ‘Lazy Sunday’ broke,” Samberg remembers, “the producers were like, ‘Let’s let these guys do their own thing.’” (Akiva Schaffer directed the video and Jorma Taccone composed the beat; both have been Samberg’s buddies since junior high school, and they remain his closest collaborators.) A year later, Samberg enlisted SNL musical guest Justin Timberlake for “[Junk] in a Box,” an early-’90s-styled R&B jam that made women worldwide wary of opening their Christmas presents. To date, it’s racked up 24 million YouTube views, the fourth highest in the site’s history. Samberg says he’s heard of “at least a hundred instances” of * placed in boxes in homage. “Somebody told me a dude got fired ’cause he did it at work,” he chuckles. “Sorry.

Samberg, 29, is the king of viral comedy — a genre second only to porn in its ability to thrive in buffering, 1024 x 768 dpi form. His sensibility, siphoned into three-minute bursts, is perfect for an age where the Star Wars Kid and the Toilet-Flushing Cat have become comic icons without the benefit of a network show or an HBO special. Call it Comedy 2.0. You can watch one of Samberg’s shorts, make and upload your own version (there are about 1,500 “Lazy Sunday” covers and remixes on YouTube), then PayPal yourself a bootleg T-shirt printed with one of his catchphrases: MR. PIBB + RED VINES = CRAZY DELICIOUS.

His gags often begin mundanely, then erupt into surreal logic. On a May SNL broadcast, Samberg frenched a talking sheepdog for 13 exquisitely interminable seconds. “To get Andy,” says Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of SNL, “you have to value silly, to think that’s a legitimate way of looking at the world.”

Now, silly is everywhere. Human Giant, the comedy trio who rose to online prominence with sketches about a crew of bumbling Criss Angel–esque “Illusionators,” can probably thank Samberg for their MTV series. And it’s hard to imagine HBO giving the rock-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords a show if it wasn’t for “* in a Box.” Even Will Ferrell’s gotten into the viral-video business, cofounding the clip clearinghouse

People want a quick laugh,” Samberg says. When he was living in Los Angeles six years ago, he spent a few months temping, including a stint “filing stuff” at the tabloid magazine Star. He walked away with more than free paper clips: It was a crash course in the tedium of the typical cubicle drone. Not long ago, if you wanted mirth at the office, the options were grim: Xerox your ass or, worse, buy a Dilbert calendar. Today, all you need is a video of someone hurtling off a trampoline. “I’ve never been at work and thought, *, I could really get into a story right now,” Samberg says. “But it’s easy to watch a guy get kicked in the balls.”

This summer, he’s up-streaming his act. Samberg plays the title role in Hot Rod, a comedy about an inept stuntman. Many SNL stars have stunk up the multiplex in their film debuts, but Hot Rod feels like an instant dorm-room classic. Will Ferrell and Lorne Michaels helped punch up the screenplay, which was written by South Park vet Pam Brady. Improbably, Sissy Spacek and Deadwood’s Ian McShane show up for supporting roles as Rod’s parents. The result is sublimely silly. Samberg spends much of the movie wearing a conspicuously fake mustache and slamming headfirst into hard surfaces, and the plot regularly breaks into inspired, lunatic detours — like a time-bendingly-protracted fall down a mountain (Samberg: “I love the joke that goes on for way too long”) or a bloody brawl between a grilled cheese and a taco. (The pleasures of seeing a giant sandwich hemorrhaging blood from a head wound, it turns out, are surprisingly rich.)

So Hot Rod could turn Samberg into the next Mike Myers. It could also turn him into the next that-guy-who-played-Mango. Either way, he seems unfazed. Asked how he feels about the film, he beams: “We made a dumb movie.”

Like football, cars and fake Spock ears, comedy is a secret male language: a way for boys to defer adulthood (“Toga!”), avoid intimacy (“You know how I know you’re gay?”) and scare away girls (“Shwing!”). As a kid growing up in Berkeley, California, Samberg was raised by parents he affectionately refers to as “hippies.” His favorite movies were Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Steve Martin’s The Jerk — screwy romps where men fart, talk in wacky voices and act like children. But the film that sealed his comedic taste came out when he was 17.

The first time I saw Billy Madison, I was in shock; it was so perfect, I wasn’t sure what to make of it.”

In Billy Madison, Adam Sandler pushes comedy’s fantasy of eternal adolescence to a sub-moronic, glue-eating extreme. Madison, a hotel-chain heir who has to repeat grades 1 through 12 in order to inherit his father’s company, spends his days speaking gibberish and hallucinating man-size penguins. To a generation of teenage dudes, the movie was revelatory: You could be in your 30s, Sandler promised, and still set fire to bags of dog shit. The eye-opener for Samberg came just a few scenes in. “Sandler’s sitting at the dinner where his dad has all these businessmen visiting, and his dad says, ‘Well, Billy, because you took your sweet-ass time coming down here, these men are going to miss their last flights home.’ Sandler goes, ‘Well, this guy can stay in my room, I tell you that much!’ and he grabs this old dude next to him and just starts biting his hand. Like, gnawing on it. At that moment, I was like, ‘What the * is happening in this movie? He’s literally doing anything he feels like!’

Samberg took two lessons from Billy Madison. The story is larded with non sequiturs and hand-gnawing departures from reality, which taught him that narrative should never get in the way of a timely kick in the balls: postmodernism meets potty humor. And it featured a hero who would become central to Samberg’s comedy: the overgrown doofus. He may not be able to do a thousand characters, but ever since he played a fantasy­-loving nerd in “Lazy Sunday,” he’s been perfecting the man-’tard.

No SNL skit summarizes this as completely as “Laser Cats,” which features YouTube-ready animal humor and grown men behaving like 10-year-olds. In the short, Samberg and Bill Hader show Lorne Michaels a video they’ve been working on: a cheesy sci-fi fantasy in which cats can shoot lasers from their mouths. Clad in ill-fitting exercise gear and helmets, the two scamper around the NBC studios, firing crudely animated beams out of house­cat cannons. “The older you get as a comedian,” Samberg says, “the funnier it gets to act like a complete child.”

In Hot Rod, Samberg plays an alpha man-’tard: Rod Kimble, who wears a little cape and attempts bike jumps that typically end in humiliation and severe head trauma. “I’ve got a lot in common with him,” Samberg says. “He’s willing to sacrifice himself for entertainment, and I’ve always liked making an ass of myself to make people laugh.” Jorma Taccone, who plays Rod’s half brother Kevin, backs this up: “I remember Andy in high school, singing stupid songs, wearing headbands and looking just as dumb as he could at all times.”

Samberg arrives for our interview wearing a thrift-store tee and battered skateboard sneakers, and his hair strikes a good-natured compromise between shaggy indie rocker and raffish ’70s soccer star — a trademark do so recognizable that Lorne Michaels has forbidden Samberg from changing it. He announces that the funniest word in the English language is dong, slides in and out of goofy voices with a bro-ish bonhomie and generally radiates the grinning sense that everything around him gives him pleasure. "Whenever someone asks me to do an Andy Samberg impression," Hader says, "I kind of think of a Muppet and just go, 'Shmorgy-dorg!'"

When Samberg plays a dork on SNL, it’s an exaggerated version of himself. The guy talks to his parents three times a week. He loves Star Wars. “Watching Planet Earth HD,” Samberg declares, “is my favorite thing in the world.”

Still, what dork do you know who texts with Justin Timberlake? For that matter, who else can both identify Queen Amidala’s home planet and hook up with her? (When Blender asks about Samberg’s tabloid-reported flings with Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst, he denies the former and demurs on the subject of Dunst: “I’m not saying that happened,” he protests, before adding with mock sleaze, “but that’s not saying it didn’t happen.”) After beers at the bar, we head to a secret White Stripes concert, and while we’re waiting at the box office, a cute, flirty blonde asks if he can get her into the show. He hesitates. She offers him a blow job. “I’m just scraping by,” he says apologetically. “And, for the record, I would not accept a blow job.”

Most comedians aren’t offered oral sex outside rock concerts. But Samberg is a lot better-looking than most comedians. When Scarlett Johansson last hosted SNL, guess who she made out with in a sketch? (It wasn’t Horatio Sanz.) “She was dressed up like a grody alien,” Samberg says of the kiss. “But I’ll still take it.”

Let the sight of Will Ferrell’s flubber stand as pale, jiggly proof: Ugly gets laughs. For this reason, Samberg is ambivalent about his looks. He often contorts his face until it resembles a crumpled whoopee cushion, and one of his funniest mannerisms is a self-satirizing, faux-cocky smirk. “Funny and sexy are enemies,” he says. “Twice a month, I do 20 push-ups and collapse. I’m headed toward gutsville, but I think it’ll help my career.”

Samberg’s biggest influence after Billy Madison was Stella, the comedy trio of Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter, who, in the late ’90s, posted dozens of shorts to In a characteristic Stella short, the trio swings unpredictably from hand-holding to beat-downs while traveling to meet Santa. When they arrive, Mrs. Claus exposes her massive penis and invites them to suck on it. Fin. Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer discovered Stella when they were living in Los Angeles after college and began posting their own shorts — usually filmed while drunk at 4 a.m. — to their site, “I’m not even kidding,” Samberg says. “The wildest hope was that I would someday be on SNL and then the three of us would make a movie.” The site caught the attention of power-moving talent agency UTA, which signed them in 2002. An SNL audition soon followed, with Samberg hired as a featured player and the other two brought on as writers.

But Stella’s comedy was often mean, almost nihilistic — they kinda came off like dicks. Onscreen and off, Samberg seems essentially sweet. Historically, comedians fall somewhere between mental patients and telemarketers on the mangled-souls scale. Not him. “Andy’s likability comes through,” says Chris Parnell. “And I think that makes it easier to laugh at someone’s comedy.” He’s anarchically silly enough for boys but not too threatening for girls to get the joke — or to write “me + you = FOREVER!!!” on his MySpace.

Samberg’s a poster boy, says Hader, for a new generation of well-­adjusted comics. “Whether it’s Andy, Ferrell, Seth Rogen or Jonah Hill, none of them have ever told me, ‘I have to kick a heroin habit.’ We had cool families. We get along. I guess what it boils down to is, we’re all really nerdy.”

Recently, Rogen had a party at his house in L.A., and Samberg spent much of it chatting up Hill, who played Rogen’s even burlier roommate in Knocked Up. At the end, they exchanged numbers.

I texted Jonah the other day while I was taking a [poop],” Samberg says. “I wrote, ‘I’m taking a [poop] and wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you’. He wrote back, ‘That’s weird, I was thinking of you too, but I was watching another dude take a [poop].’ So, our friendship is going good so far.”

Hill costars with Michael Cera in this summer’s other major dude-comedy, the sharply written coming-of-age flick Superbad. “I think it’s great,” Samberg says. “If it was coming out the same day as Hot Rod, I’d be really nervous.”

Samberg’s already looking beyond the summer, though. He has five years left on his SNL contract, there’s a Lonely Island comedy CD planned for the distant future and he’s already booked his next movie role, the lead voice-over in an animated comedy due out next year.

It’s called Space Chimps,” Samberg says. “I don’t really know much about it. But it’s got space, and it’s got chimps. What part of that equation isn’t awesome?



Andy Samberg - is Jewish (duh)


"These guys don’t give out a lot of bio info, and it was with some difficulty that I confirmed that Samberg is Jewish. Andy’s maternal grandfather, Alfred J. Marrow, served for a time as executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. While I assume Schaeffer is Jewish, I haven’t yet confirmed that. Taccone’s father, Tony Taccone, is artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre."

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Andy Samberg - Poops his pants (The Legend of Ander's Pants)

Okay, before Awesometown, Andy Samberg was commonly called "Ardy."

In this video, they spoof the Legend of Bagger Vance trailer with their own, "The Legend of Ander's Pants." It's all about Andy pooping himself.

WARNING: They show some poop on their hands and stuff. Also, there is a lot of crude language.

This is also where the shot comes from of Andy sticking his fingers in a girl's mouth.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Andy Samberg - Thinks Transformers are better than Go-Bots

In the below article, Lee Grant summarizes the movie, Hot Rod, gives some opinions, and does a little bit of an interview with Andy. Andy's quotes are bolded. Info about Andy is italicized.


Jorma Taccone (left), Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg have been pals since junior high and work together on "Saturday Night Live." They fashioned the show's imaginative digital shorts, including "(Gift) in a Box," and made the movie "Hot Rod."

'Hot Rod” is a cinematic shot of silliness, a simplistic speck at barely more than 80 minutes. You could do worse – “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” or “License to Wed,” for instance – than spend a spell with winsome Andy Samberg.

He's the breakout “Saturday Night Live” star who, along with buddies Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, grew up in Berkeley, formed the comedic contingent The Lonely Island and ended up together on “SNL.”

Their rich rap satires “Lazy Sunday” (inspired by “The Chronicles of Narnia”) and “(Gift) in a Box” (in which Samberg and Justin Timberlake perform with a box attached to their, uh, waists) are downloaded staples of the Internet, garnering scores of imitators.

Of all things, “(Gift) in a Box” was nominated this year for an Emmy Award, words from which will not be published here. The category: “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.”

Last week, the three were in their T-shirts and jeans garb at the Gaslamp Quarter's posh Ivy Hotel. Up the block at the San Diego Convention Center was the fan frenzy that is Comic-Con, at which they appeared on a panel promoting “Hot Rod.”

Poolside at the Ivy, Samberg, 28, acknowledged being “a huge fan of comic books and that stuff. I grew up with Spider-Man and Batman and was into Transformers. They were way better than GoBots.

From a literate family (his dad a photographer, his mom an elementary school teacher), Samberg began reading “The Lord of the Rings” at age 5 and watching films like the futuristic “Blade Runner.”

At Willard Junior High, he, Schaffer and Taccone hung out together, making up off-the-wall sketches. Later, at Berkeley High, said Taccone, whose father is artistic director of the prestigious Berkeley Rep, “There was some value in being funny. It's good for not getting beat up.”

Isla Fisher, with a crush on stuntman wannabe Samberg, is a refreshing "Hot Rod" presence.

The friends headed off to college (Samberg and Schaffer to University of California Santa Cruz – Samberg later transferring to New York University – Taccone to UCLA). Afterward, they regrouped in Berkeley and moved to L.A. together, show business success on their minds.

From a low-end apartment on traffic-engorged Olympic Boulevard, the men established The Lonely Island (named for the complex in which they lived) and began producing Internet videos (check out “The 'Bu,” a satire of TV's “The O.C.”, and “Awesometown,” used as a pitch for a Fox sitcom).

On “SNL,” Samberg, sketch director Schaffer, 30, and staff writer Taccone, 29, are the force behind the show's popular digital movies. Recommended download: “Andy Popping Into Frame.”

Meanwhile, shooting “Hot Rod” in Vancouver, B.C., on a skimpy budget, the men asked for a perk – a high-definition TV to watch international soccer games. Samberg is a fanatic.

The rudimentary plot of “Hot Rod” focuses on an immature, small-town guy named Rod, with a moped and ambitions to be a stuntman. He seeks to follow the path of his dad, who died apparently while toiling as a test rider for Evel Knievel.

He's also dealing with a nasty stepfather (Ian McShane of TV's “Deadwood”) and a doting mom (Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, a long way from “Coal Miner's Daughter”).

McShane needs a heart transplant and Samberg wants to get him one by winning $50,000 for a huge jump over 15 school buses. That way, when his stepdad is better, he can whip him in a fight and gain the respect for which he yearns.

There is slapstick galore as jumps over a public pool, milk trucks and a trailer are bungled. Funny highlight: After one stunt failure, Samberg heads to his “quiet place,” chugs booze, smokes, and dances like Kevin Bacon in “Footloose,” complete with cartwheels. Then comes a fall down a mountain that lasts, seemingly, forever.

Isla Fisher (from "Wedding Crashers") is an island of sanity in a farcical storm, cute and coolheaded. At one point, Samberg receives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from her and, awakening, wonders to his nerdy stepbrother (Taccone), "Did it look a little like we were making out?"

Not everything works, particularly an extended "cool beans" routine with Taccone that reeks of an inside joke. They brought it outside, unfortunately.

Samberg does naiveté well. Like his screen persona, he's gregarious and likable, recalling that as a kid, "I was always trying to make people (including two older sisters) laugh. My family's silly. My dad's sarcastic. My mom is carefree, easy-going. There was a playful vibe in the house, weird and annoying on purpose."

Andy Samberg, as "Hot" Rod Kimble, devises his most ambitious Evel Knievel-like jump yet.

At the Ivy, Samberg was chatting about "the crew" of pals in the movie. "They all care about each other," he said. "They all truly believe in Rod. They have nothing better to do than be dedicated to each other."

Then there's the link that binds Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone. "Working together, we have great shorthand," said Samberg. "We can say, `No, it's all wrong!' No ego attached."

Added Taccone, "The three of us are best buds, best friends." When Samberg joined the "SNL" cast, Taccone and Schaffer followed as writers and directors. "We couldn't let just one of the guys go," said Schaffer. "This relationship was sacred."


These kids like to party

If you like watching little kids of pure cuteness, and you're a fan of Andy, then this you'll like this one.

A dad decided to film his sons and him arguing about who likes to party:

One comment:

"top 10 dads of all time"



Sunday, January 27, 2008

Andy Samberg - Thinks Isla Fisher ripped off kangeroo heads

"Isla Fisher plays Samberg's onscreen love interest Denise, but he says her real-life fiancé Sacha Baron Cohen has nothing to worry about. "He's actually a pretty confidently hairy guy – I've seen him in the flesh," he says of Cohen. As for Fisher, well, she was "a total nut bird," Samberg reveals. "She's Australian, so she's real tough. She probably grew up ripping off kangaroos' heads with her teeth.""


Friday, January 25, 2008

Andy Samberg - Did the hammer stunt himself

"In Hot Rod, Andy Samberg plays Rod Kimble, an Evel Knievel-esque daredevil preparing for a major motorcycle stunt. "I can tell you, 100 percent, no one but me did the 'bang on the engine block' [stunt]," the funnyman boasts to PEOPLE. And not only did he come out unscathed, he showed his stunt prop who was boss. "Well, the hammer took a beating," Samberg jokes. "I mean, I was really, really putting my all into it.""


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Andy Samberg - Thinks there were too many crashes

"In [July's] issue of New York, Adam Sternbergh profiles Andy Samberg, viral video genius turned SNL cast member turned — maybe! — movie star. In part of the conversation that didn't make it into the magazine, Samberg discussed his annoyance with Hot Rod's initial trailer and is set straight on one important point by co-star Jorma Taccone.

"For studios, the ideal trailer is one that reminds you of other movies you've seen and already laughed at. This was driven home to Samberg and Taccone, when they saw the initial trailer that Paramount cut together for Hot Rod, their upcoming comedy about a hapless wannabe stunt man. "It just showed all the crashes," Samberg said. "Now, don't get me wrong. I do love the crashes. But there's also funny bits! But they were just laying it on: crash, crash, crash."

"Paramount's since released different versions of the trailer, incorporating a wider range of gags from the film. (One example is above.) As for Samberg, he knows it could have been worse. Watching the initial trailer, he says, "I'm thinking, I'm glad there's no one getting kicked in the nuts in our movie. Because that would definitely be in there too."

""Actually," adds Taccone, "I think there was someone getting kicked in the nuts at one point.""


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Andy Samberg - Thinks Jorma is funny

"In the movie, Samberg's real-life pal Jorma Taccone plays Kevin Powell, Rod's "manager-slash-videographer." Offscreen, the two – along with Hot Rod director Akiva Schaffer – formed the digital video collective the Lonely Island and work together on Saturday Night Live. "He's definitely one of the funniest dudes I've ever met," Samberg raves."


Andy Samberg - Thinks Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds are sexy

"While Samberg's character Rod can't grow a mustache ("due to a hormone disorder"), he says, "Every time there's a big stunt or a big fight, Rod puts on a mustache because he believes that all great men have mustaches." Rod's hirsute inspiration? Hunks like Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds, whose appeal Samberg sums up in two words: "Pure sex!""


Monday, January 21, 2008

Andy Samberg - Doesn't think you should mess with McBride

"Why is Danny McBride (who plays Rico) blasting Bill Hader (Dave) in the face with a hose? Simple. "You know, you don't want to say the wrong thing to McBride," Samberg cautions. "He's a rough-and-tumble mother*." As for working with fellow SNL cast member Hader, Samberg says, "There's a lot of family going on set.""


Hot Rod - 60 people saw it in France

This article is mean to Andy, but I found it amusing all the same. Enjoy!

"Hot Rod — the recent stinker from Andy Samberg, the SNL star best known for concealing his penis in a cardboard container — is a flop, domestically having grossed just $13.5 million since its August 3 release. But overseas it did even worse, pulling in just $636 in France. Frommer's estimates that a movie ticket in Paris costs $10.50, which means only about 60 people saw it. We'd estimate that at least 50 of them were American college students studying abroad, and the other ten were probably Frenchmen that thought they'd bought tickets to a porno."


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Andy Samberg - Warns you about whistling

My favorite quote here from Andy:

SAMBERG: You want to be careful about whistling too much. You don't want to blow your lips out. It's a hazard. You see these old rocker dudes walking around with their lips hanging around their titties.



"Amy Winehouse's biggest challenge is going to be not dying, right?" —Andy Samberg on the year's biggest songs

The full article from:

Jukebox Jury
By: Kyle Anderson

January 9, 2008

Andy Samberg and Albert Hammond Jr. deliberate over some of the year's biggest songs.

Andy Samberg and Albert Hammond Jr. / Photo by Michael Schmelling
In addition to their awesome 'fros, our esteemed jurors had something else in common this year: Both took cautious steps away from the outfits that made them famous. Andy Samberg -- fresh off his unlikely Emmy win for "* in a Box" -- tried to ride Hot Rod toward leading-man status, even as his ubiquitous Saturday Night Live digital shorts remained Monday-morning in-box staples. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. strayed from the currently dormant Strokes with his tuneful solo debut, Yours to Keep (and has another he hopes to release in '08). The verdicts are in -- what say you, dudes?

The White Stripes
"Icky Thump"
Jack White grinds out four minutes of filthy garage blues whose title became a dirty euphemism after a fake Meg White sex tape surfaced.

HAMMOND: I haven't heard this. It's hard to judge.
SAMBERG: It's playing right now. Just say you like it. Everything's good!
HAMMOND: I think he's an amazing guitar player. When you're around him, his personality is huge. He's also literally big. He could kick my *.
SAMBERG: He's on record kicking the * out of people. He *ing terrorizes the guitar. He's, like, the best-case scenario of the dude in high school who made you sit there and listen to him play guitar.

"Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
R&B loverboy croons like a cyborg about plying his lady friends with spirits.

SAMBERG: T-Pain fell in love with a stripper, right? Or was that Akon? How much of his voice is affected by the computer?
SPIN: Pretty much all of it.
SAMBERG: He's like the Peter Frampton of R&B. I'd like to see a collaboration record between T-Pain and Peter Frampton. It'd be sick if we found out that T-Pain actually was Peter Frampton.
HAMMOND: I'd let him buy me a drank.
SAMBERG: There's no reason not to!

Britney Spears
"Gimme More"
Pop's most under-the-radar wallflower mounts a comeback with a hook-free dance song that became a hit anyway.

HAMMOND: Could you just leave my response completely blank? How can you even judge it? I mean, a writer wrote the song, the producer produced it. I guess she's singing, but she sounds like a robot.
SAMBERG: Maybe Peter Frampton is Britney Spears.
HAMMOND: There's really nothing left to say about her. "This song is great when you're dancing in the club. It takes away all my worries!"
SAMBERG: "When my boss is getting me down, I can just cut loose!"

Sunny Canuck pop that for some reason makes us want to buy a Nano.

SAMBERG: One thing I want to get off my chest: I saw Steven Tyler recently and realized that if you're a rock star, you can dress like a lady.
HAMMOND: All those older rock stars wear garments that are looser.
SAMBERG: They're wearing gowns. There's pirate shirt, and then there's women's blouse, and often the twain shall meet. Anyway, I'm a huge fan of Canadian songbirds. I liked her last record, too.
HAMMOND: I really love that all the members of Broken Social Scene are always working together or going off on their own.

Against Me!
"Thrash Unreal"
The spunkiest, sing-alongiest anthem about a girl's descent into junkiedom you'll hear this year.

SAMBERG: It sounds like the video would show them playing in a living room in the suburbs.
HAMMOND: "Dad, I hate you!"
SAMBERG: Is it like "The world is against me," or is it like "Hold your boner against me"? You might be surprised to know I would be a fan of that band. "Come on, guys, we're gonna go to the Hold Your Boner Against Me! show." I am there!

Avril Lavigne
Tiny terror dislikes your choice of significant other, and she's not afraid to say so.

HAMMOND: Mickey Mouse finally made a record. I'm happy!
SAMBERG: I like Avril, but this one is a little bit bubblegummy for me. Does she say "*ing" in this? That's a *ing punk move.
HAMMOND: With her and Gwen Stefani, everything sounds like a ninth-grade cheerleading competition. She was more serious on her first record, when she was younger. Does she write her own songs?
SAMBERG: I've heard she writes a lot of her own *. She was good on SNL. She can sing her * off.
HAMMOND: To truly be a pop star, you kind of have to. I couldn't pass American Idol.
SAMBERG: You could do okay on Britain's Got Talent, though.
HAMMOND: Maybe. I'm going to pitch myself for that.
SAMBERG: Let me put it this way: Avril is no T-Pain, but I ain't mad at her.

Linkin Park
"What I've Done"
Despite having sold a bajillion albums, Chester Bennington continues to self-flagellate.

SAMBERG: Is this Linkin Peezy? I like Linkin Peezy. I'm not going to front.
HAMMOND: It just doesn't connect with me. I always want to know why things like this appeal to a mass of people. You must do the same with comedy, right? You have the stuff you like to do, but you also want to appeal to a larger group of people.
SAMBERG: You have to try to balance what you love with what you think will make other people laugh. It can't be purely self-indulgent. But Linkin Park really won me over. When they first came out, I ignored them, but they started becoming a guilty pleasure that I'd crank up in the car.
HAMMOND: You can totally see the band changed, though. Their guitar player wears a suit -- they weren't wearing suits before.
SAMBERG: Chester is *ing rad. His voice is so awesome. I'm going to make up T-shirts that say ALBERT HAMMOND JR. LOVES LINKIN PARK.
HAMMOND: And I'd wear one!

Rich Boy
"Throw Some D's"
Young Southern rapper loves himself some fancy rims.

SAMBERG: Rich Boy! Rich Boy is my *ing joint.
HAMMOND: I could sing the Avril song over this. She should do that remix. I don't know any rap or hip-hop, so I trust that this is good.
SAMBERG: I love the line "Every freak should have a picture of my * on their wall." You know what, Guest Rapper on Rich Boy's Song? Every freak should have a picture of your * on their wall, and the reason is because you said that in a song.
HAMMOND: I have a picture of his * on my wall, I must confess.
SAMBERG: He hands out head shots of his * at shows.

"The Underdog"
Britt Daniel sticks it to the Man in the best song Billy Joel never wrote.

HAMMOND: This isn't the same song, is it?
SAMBERG: That'd be a sick twist if Rich Boy put this in the middle of his song, but this is Spoon. This song is great.
HAMMOND: I got into Spoon after watching Stranger Than Fiction. They had an amazing song in that, over the credits. I kept rewinding after watching it in a hotel.
SAMBERG: They played SNL, and they were awesome. Everyone agrees on this song.
HAMMOND: This is what I mean -- trying to find that universal quality. They found it! I think someone who listens to rap or reggae would still like this song. Spoon, you've done something right.

Rihanna, featuring Jay-Z
The summer's most inescapable gynecological metaphor, with an assist from the chairman of Roc-AFella. Ella. Ella.

SAMBERG: This song is good enough that it will come on for the next 50 years at bars, and every time the whole place will go, "Ahhhh!"
HAMMOND: I was in England and this song was huge over there. It was No. 1 for, like, 15 weeks.
SAMBERG: This goes on the list with "In Da Club," "Hey Ya!," and "Crazy." I heard a bunch of people passed on this song. Britney passed on it. The producer shopped it around, and it ended up being the biggest hit of the year.
HAMMOND: Isn't that what usually happens, though? There's always some big guy who passed on something.
SAMBERG: Like Tom Selleck passing on Indiana Jones.
HAMMOND: Or the guy who passed on the Beatles who said that guitar bands are out.
SPIN: Or Scott Baio passing on Maverick in Top Gun.
SAMBERG: That would have been a very different movie.
HAMMOND: I can't imagine an old angry guy like Scott Baio playing that role.
SPIN: Well, it would have been the 1986 version of Baio.
HAMMOND: It doesn't matter. I can't get the bitter Baio out of my head.

Foo Fighters
"The Pretender"
Meaty, growly arena stomper with a chorus that dares to ask, "If Dave Grohl is the most well-adjusted guy in rock, what is he so angry about?"

SAMBERG: I'm not going to say anything bad about Foo Fighters, because they did a digital short with us ["People Getting Punched Just Before Eating"]. They sold those punches really well. They're very comedy-friendly, but I don't think their music is supposed to be funny.
HAMMOND: Grohl is really amazing. Everybody always says that, but it's true. He's just a great, genuine, funny guy. I really think that's a big secret to his success.
SAMBERG: I also think everybody's got a buddy who Dave Grohl reminds them of.
HAMMOND: To his fans, he feels like their friend who plays music.

Peter Bjorn and John
"Young Folks"
Three Swedes craft a whistle-while-you-work ditty for the ages.

SAMBERG: I feel like it's been around for a long time. It's a good song. It was a hit for a reason.
HAMMOND: I saw them play this on Conan. They were pretty good.
SPIN: Did they whistle live?
HAMMOND: I imagine there was some sort of loop.
SAMBERG: I think their whole album is whistle-heavy, isn't it? Somebody in that camp can whistle his ass off.
HAMMOND: Whistling live is the hardest thing to do.
SAMBERG: Did Axl ever do it live for "Patience"?
SPIN: He usually relied on the crowd to do it for him.
HAMMOND: That's the genius of being in a huge band. It'd be great if I could just do a little shake onstage, and that means that the crowd should take over.
SAMBERG: You want to be careful about whistling too much. You don't want to blow your lips out. It's a hazard. You see these old rocker dudes walking around with their lips hanging around their titties.

LCD Soundsystem
"All My Friends"
Nearly eight minutes, a single piano riff, and a compulsively danceable meditation on being too old to keep partying but too young to go home.

SAMBERG: This song is really rad and the video is great -- it starts on a close-up of his face, and he's got some cool Bowie makeup on, and it slowly pulls back and reveals the whole band and all this crazy * going on behind him. I love videos that match the energy of the song. A lot of bands have a hit because of a really funny video, and you're not even sure if you like the song or not.
HAMMOND: Like that band that did the treadmill thing?
HAMMOND: The only problem is, now they have to find some other thing, otherwise they're going to be stuck having to do that every time.
SAMBERG: They don't want to be the M. Night Shyamalan of music videos. Everybody's just sitting around going, "What's the twist, OK Go?" You know they're going to be on stationary bikes next. But LCD Soundsystem don't have that problem.

Amy Winehouse
Retro-soul bad girl refuses to be treated for her addictions. How's that working out for her?

HAMMOND: Sonically, this song is amazing.
SAMBERG: This is…it's good, I guess.
HAMMOND: Spit it out! Spit it out, you nice bastard!
SAMBERG: It doesn't really strike me as being too crazy-different from the * Erykah Badu was doing with Mama's Gun, which is one of my favorite albums.
HAMMOND: This is one of those situations where I'm going to wait to see what she does for her next album. I think that's where you'll get your answer.
SAMBERG: Amy Winehouse's biggest challenge is going to be not dying, right?

Arcade Fire
The Great White North's greatest and whitest deliver a grandiose, caustic, organ-driven hymn that makes going to church sound awesome.

SAMBERG: There's nothing to say about this, because it's just *ing great.
HAMMOND: I'm looking forward to seeing what they do for a third album. They've established their sound, and now I want to see where they take it. They are so much better live than on record. I don't think you can capture that kind of energy they have.
SPIN: They also sweat their balls off onstage.
SAMBERG: They do. And it's weird that they play without pants so you can see their balls. Are you going to put your lines in this so my comments don't just come out of nowhere? The whole thing is going to be, "This song's great -- now what do we think about their balls?"
HAMMOND: I can't wait to read this.
SAMBERG: Win Butler definitely has the nicest balls.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Andy Samberg - Threw up before he auditioned for SNL

Update: We added the breakdown of this interview with Andy Samberg. See the comments below the video.


Here is a 2007 interview with Andy Samberg.


The Breakdown:

0:08 - "Yeah! I also enjoyed Laser Cats!" Andy actually enjoys his work.

0:21 - TLI weren't really planning; they were just constantly trying to make each other laugh.

0:24 - They grew up in Berkley.

0:46 - "The Whoop Whoop!"

0:49 - He had to audition twice for SNL.

0:56 - It wasn't a failure; they just made him come back for more. It was within a 3 week span.

1:00 - The first time he didn't throw up.

1:26 - The morning of the second audition, he threw up.

1:32 - The auditions were 7-8 minutes. They were different (so I guess he did different jokes). It sounds like they asked him to come back with more characters.

1:35 - He had to make up impressions and characters for the audition.

1:43 - In the audition, he did an impression of the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show. This skit was done twice on SNL.

1:48 - He did an impression of Jimmy Fallon. I haven't seen him do Jimmy on SNL.

1:49 - He did an impression of Alan Rickman ("McClaine!" from Die Hard). I haven't seen him do Rickman on SNL.

1:54 - He made up characters for the audition.

1:56 - He did the Out of Breath Jogger from 1982. This skit was done once (maybe twice?) on SNL.

1:59 - He made up the jogger character the night before the audition.

2:22 - Lorne really like the jogger character.

2:29 - He gets ideas in the shower.

2:35 - It takes him about 15 minutes to write out his ideas.

2:39 - Sometimes he and the dudes just sit around and talk out ideas.

3:21 - Andy did a joke at a youth hostile. He was drunk when he did his comedy show, and that was his worse show he's ever had.

"I bounced back."

We love you, Andy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rap Letter to Andy Samberg - from Edward (Dear Andy)

Um, yeah. Remember the old Eminem song, Dear Slim? Yeah. Well, Edward redid that rap to Andy instead. And then he filmed mostly still shots of him doing stuff.

Very creative, and probably worth a listen/watch.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Awesometown - Dudes Cut

"After FOX passed, The Dudes cut a new version of Awesometown in hopes of appealing to MTV or Comedy Central. Although those networks ultimately passed as well, this cut is more The Dudes' style and doesn't make them cringe as much. Contains nudity! TRT: 14 Minutes"

WARNING: There is some nudity in their IGTV "porno shots." Skip from 3:01-4:07. Apparently, the dudes thought it was funny to make fun of the sex in music videos by merely putting music on top of a porno. While it is funny, it's not funny that they left some nudity in the porno.

This is definitely funnier without the laugh track. I actually like the "YES" titles they throw in there too. Very similar to the "Realize your Dreams" they used in "Andy Punching People" on SNL.

Here are the skits used:

- Jack Black intro

- Awesometown song intro

- Sup Chip

- IGTV Buzz Countdown (NUDITY - Skip from 3:01-4:07)

- Awesometown Grocery title

- Castaways 1 (Jorma clueless about his beard)

- Dry Cleaners

- Taking it to the Streets with Chris Romano (similar to Andy Walking they did on SNL - Plus Andy's pulled this gag off in interviews by handing them questions)

- Arm gag from their Fighting Neighbors video

- Exploding High Five

- Jumping on Andy

- Castaways 2 (Jorma is mad about the beard)

- Just 2 Guyz

- Castaways 3 (posing)

- Awesometown Plumbing title

- Discovering Chad (a joke based on Andy's stand up comedy) - Note: This is the only place I've seen this skit, so check it out.

- Jorma punching in front of Kal Penn (who, ironically, has become more famous than Jorma)

- Chez at the production office, dancing next to the producers and dudes. This was the same gag they used in Hot Rod, with Chez dancing (he got better for the movie). This gag was also used by Tucker in the later TLI short, Tucker's Song.

- Castaways 4 (Best Beard on the Island)

- My Pants

- Dance of Hope (hilarious)

Overall: They mixed it up quite a bit and changed out most of the skits, keeping in Castaways, Just 2 Guyz, the Awesometown intros/titles, and not much else. Everything else they traded out, includng Bu, Glirk, and all those expensive stage shots they did for Fox. They may have had a better chance just taking some of the silliness out of the Fox version rather than going in the opposite direction and making it too edgy. Kudos for finishing strong with the Dance of Hope.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Andy Samberg - Knows Jack Black (Awesometown - Fox Cut)

Update: We added the last 10 minutes to the play-play. Feel free to add your own notes in the comments, and we'll add it to the blog. Thanks!


We had not yet posted the classic 20-minute pilot episode of Awesometown that Andy did with the Lonely Island dudes. This is where our banner came from: the intro song to this pilot.

Jack Black opens it up! The Jack Black intro reminds me of the one Ben Stiller did to open his Heat Vision and Jack pilot which starred Black Jack:

It also reminds me of the intro the dudes did with Brook Shields:

From Jorma:
"In May 2005, The Dudes were hired to create a pilot for FOX. This cut includes live stage segments and laugh track in hopes of appealing to a broad audience."

The play-by-play:

01:11 - The dudes used this gag for Laser Cats on SNL.

01:35 - Andy annoys the other dudes by repeating his name. This is where our banner came from.

01:42 - Andy grabs a black guy.

01:57 - "If you've got a sandwich, come roll with me!"

02:02 - I love how Jorma holds a baby.

02:12 - Andy is scared.

03:40 - Andy dances with his fake mom.

04:20 - Andy dances with his real mom.

04:35 - Andy's sweet beard.

05:08 - Andy's Glirk character. Andy recreated this character on SNL in Dec 06 with Jack Black playing Jorma's role. I think Jack did a much better job. Andy was spectacular in both versions.

07:08 - Space Wine!!!

08:27 - Andy plays 20 questions.

08:40 - Andy knows what you're thinking.

08:56 - If you high-five Andy, expect an EXPLOSION!!!

09:08 - Kiv's strange transition to the next skit.

09:25 - Jorma climbs all over Andy. I don't know why they haven't done this for SNL. This is very similar to the "Andy popping on camera" and "Andy punching people before they eat" skits they did on SNL.

09:56 - Buff Andy gives advice: "More of a circular motion"

10:22 - The classic music video, "Just 2 Guyz"

11:11 - Who invited Steve? It's Andy!!!!

12:04 - They used this technique in Lazy Sunday.

12:30 - 10 seconds of Andy in the middle (Castaways)

13:22 - Andy takes suggestions for his new name.

13:33 - Andy stole Chez's outfit.

13:49 - How about Andy? Yeah, like it's short for Andrew. I think it's nice-sounding and appealing to women. - They used this gag in Dopplegangers for SNL. It ended with Andy getting shot.

14:29 - Andy judges some beards.

15:21 - Who does Frazzles' voice? Jorma?

16:00 - Sarah Chalke, from Scrubs

16:21 - Andy on Kiv's back

16:34 - Andy is Jesse Miller (too bad he's not in this episode of The Bu').

16:41 - Andy on the right, with a random girl on his back. Sarah's in the middle.

19:01 - Surprise! It's Andy!

19:04 - "He's dead!"

19:06 - With that bandana on, Andy looks like Rod Kimble. Nice use of a bat. The shooting theme at the end came back on SNL in the Doppleganger skit and in Dear Sister.

19:23 - Andy says goodbye.

19:29 - Andy's excited about the puppy.

19:36 - Smiling at the crane shot.

That's all the play-by-play! Did you see how many production companies were involved at the end? Wow.


Lazy Sunday - Shot by Shot remake

These guys really did their homework for this one!

This is a shot-by-shot remake with all the shots, all the graphics on the video, and they even got the cashiere at the convenient store in there (but they didn't get the ticket person at the theater). They even squelched the laughter a little.

"Max Sitnikov and Bryant Fisher remake SNL's acclaimed "Lazy Sunday" (shot for shot)."


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Andy Samberg - All His Lonely Island Videos

We over at would like to treat you to a tour of every Andy Samberg video he did with The Lonely Island. These don't include their Hot Rod promos or their SNL work.

Now, I'll be linking to other pages in order to watch the videos wich is, yes, lame-tastic. However, by doing that we can be much more likely to guarantee that you'll be able to see the videos, in case the videos get removed or whatevers. I'm also going to try to put them in the chronologicals of the order, but I guarantee squat. Post a comment if you think I got the order wrong!

Andy Samberg is... Perfecto:

Andy Samberg... Dances wearing a trashbag (Oops, Oh My):

Andy Samberg is blown up by Akiva (Lethal Objection)

Andy Samberg runs and screams (Vanilla Sky):

Andy Samberg - Jorma licks his face (News Getters):

Andy Samberg - Who invited Steve?

Andy Samberg raps... Kablamo!

Andy Samberg... Wants to be with a Stork:

Andy Samberg... Gets drafted into the 49ers (Football Town):

Andy Samberg... Is the Backseatsman:

Andy Samberg tells you about Dudatude (IGTV Buzz Countdown):

Andy Samberg in the Bu! (all episodes)

Andy Samberg... Gets addicted to toothpaste (TLI Episode 1):

Andy Samberg in Regarding Ardy (TLI Episode 2):

Andy Samberg in the Awesometown Theme Song (2005):

Andy Samberg getting climbed on (Awesometown; 2005):

Andy Samberg puts Jorma into a chair:

Andy Samberg... Goes to the drycleaners:

Andy Samberg knows what you're thinking (20 Questions):

Andy Samberg... Talks to a chip (Sup Chip):

Andy Samberg is the alien, Glirk (2005):

Andy Samberg... Judges Beards (Castaways; 2005):

Andy Samberg... Knows Jack Black (Awesometown - Fox Cut):

Andy Samberg Tours Saturday Night Live (2005):

Andy Samberg... Ignores Tucker (2006):


Monday, January 14, 2008

Andy Samberg - Runs from a riot (Hot Rod)

This is a great scene from Hot Rod where Andy runs from a riot.

NOTE: This video will eventually be taken down by Paramount/YouTube.

This is the riot scene from Hot Rod and the intro before it.

[SNIP] Removed by Paramount and YouTube [SNIP]

This scene looks like it was loosely inspired by the Awesometown intro that Andy Samberg and the dudes did for their TV pilot:


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Andy Samberg - Is still striking (Jan 9th)

On January 9th, 2008, Andy was still striking.

"The struggle for fairness continues in Times Square. Celebrities joining in included Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Tina Fay, John Slattery... "

Andy is on 00:30-00:47


I Think I Might Have Killed The President - Video for The Lonely Island song

music = "I Think I Might Have Killed The President" by Incredibad

WARNING: Some language. Some violence.

This is definitely Kiv. We're pretty sure Kiv is lowering his voice for the second "character" as well. (Thanks to Alisa for confirming our suspicions.)

Here is a Paint animation of The Lonely Island's I Think I might Have Killed The President. This was a song that they never ended up making a video for.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Andy Samberg - Goes to the Drycleaners

"The Dudes decide to go to the drycleaners"

Andy: "I have to take this to the drycleaners."

This is another promo for The Lonely Island's Awesometown that they recorded in 2005.

This is similar to the idea they used in SNL skits like "Andy popping onto camera" and "Andy punching people before they eat."


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Andy Samberg - Talks to a Chip (Sup Chip)

This is a skit for The Lonely Island's Awesometown. Andy talks to a chip. The skit is referred to as "Sup Chip" or "Chip from Awesometown."


Monday, January 07, 2008

Andy Samberg - Gets hit by a van

Here's a classic scene from Hot Rod.

"Rod from "Hot Rod" tries to hide from a van but it doesn't work too well."


Lettuce - Fan-Made Version

Here is a fan-made version of Andy Samberg's lettuce video.

Go here to see the SNL video:


Thursday, January 03, 2008

Andy Samberg - Ignores Tucker (Tucker's Song)

We've been avoiding posting this, but it is definitely Andy and the dudes (and Andy isn't giving us new content to post), so here you go.

WARNING: Extremely sexual and crass language. Listen at your own risk!!!!

"Brian Tucker has something to say about The Dudes."

The interesting aspect of this video is that Andy and the dudes used it to pitch and come up with Roy Rules. Here's Roy Rules:

This is a similar approach used by Bing Bong Brothers...

WARNING: Lots of sexual language here as well!!!

...To sell SNL on their Testicles song (it uses the same intro and outro idea with an awkward music video in the middle):


Update: We got new versions of the Roy Rules video up on its page. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Andy Samberg - Analysis of his rap

Here's an analysis of Andy Samberg's rap, "Lazy Sunday."


"The weirdest thing has been happening this week. It's not the transit strike; I'm in Virginia, so I don't care about that. (Leave town, chumps.) It's this: people are actually talking about a Saturday Night Live skit, quoting it, putting links on their blogs like I'm doing here. This hasn't happened in years, at least in my circles.

"I haven't seen much of SNL this season, but the general consensus seems to be that this is its weakest season in years: stunt-casted hosts and celebrity-cameo overload and, most of all, already half-baked skit ideas repeated over and over, almost verbatim, in a desperate to find another Wayne's World-esque recurrent-character goldmine. Possibly the worst: Horatio Sanz as a really fat rapper who hosts a talk show (?) and talks about eating constantly. Given all this constant, epic failure, a digital video where two white cast-members rap about eating cupcakes and going to see Narnia should be a horrendous idea, the epitome of haha-we're-white irony-mining and blackfaced-up wiggity-wiggity posing, like the rapping Santa I saw at Walgreen's this weekend (he raps over "Getting Jiggy With It").

"But there's nothing insulting or racist about "Lazy Sunday," the short in question. For one thing, and this is remarkable, "Lazy Sunday" is a pretty good rap song. (Sasha Frere-Jones: "This routine is quite good, both as comedy and as a piece of rap music.") The beat isn't one of those faux-old-school jernk-jernk-skritch boilerplate things. It's solid: hard heavy piano, subtle snare shuffle, a nice little bass-riff sample every once in a while, convincingly hard and cinematic, like, you know, a real rap beat. Chris Parnell, despite being probably really old, has a clumsily amped shouty delivery he showcased on a Weekend Update stalking-Ashton-Kutcher thing a while back and I think some Eminem skit I never saw. Fellow Pitchfork dude Peter Macia points out that Andy Samberg, the hipster-looking new guy, raps a lot like Slug (he said better than Slug; I just say a lot like Slug). Both of them share lines and jump in on each other and generally avoid sucking for the entire length of the song, wisely opting not to use the look-at-me-I'm-rapping karayzy-white-guy overenunciation so common in rap-comedy. It works.

"The video doesn't ape rap-clip cliches, either. It's more student-film: logos coming up anytime they mention a brand, jerky stop-motion between verses, Parnell and Samberg wearing scrubby parkas instead of the Puffy-in-97 shiny suits that white people still wear when they're making fun of rap. I wouldn't be sad if more videos looked like this; it's a whole hell of a lot more appealing than the Nine Inch Nails bleached-out yellow tint that rock-video directors have run into the ground again and again.

"And the comedy doesn't depend on making fun of rap for being dumb or the goofy white rappers for being goofy-white. It's the punchlines: "I love those cupcakes like McAdams loves Gosling," "You can call us Aaron Burr from the way we're dropping Hamiltons," "We're about to get taken to a dreamworld of magic." More than that it's likeable, something that Parnell and Samberg [edit: and Jorma and Akiva] might've thought out while bored one day and run out the next day to film. (My girlfriend Bridget: "It's really cute! I want cupcakes!") What's most disarming is the specificity: here's what we're doing today, let's make a song about it. After a particularly weak year for indie-rap, it's something that white rapping herbs across America could learn from... you don't have to act like a buffoon to make [rap] funny. Why isn't everything this easy?"


Interested in watching the rap again? Here ya go:


Hot Rod - "Ladies" Commercial

This is a 15 second commercial for Hot Rod.

"The hardest thing about being a daredevil... is keeping the ladies satisfied."


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Andy Samberg - Wants to be with a Stork (Stork Patrol)

"I love you like my wingspan."

WARNING: Harsh language and sexual innuendo. It's pretty gross. We haven't featured it because of that, but it's Andy, so it belongs here.

Andy's hair was a little shorter.



Yuk! I just saw an ad for married dating and affairs on this page! Noooooooo!!!! What the heck??? Google?? Why?????


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