Monday, May 11, 2009

Andy Samberg: Bank goof was lots of fund

SNL's Andy Samberg: Bank goof was lots of fund

Andy Samberg owes his bank a thank-you note: He once found an extra $5,000 in his account.

Back in his college days, “I went to the ATM and saw that I had 5,000 extra dollars in my account,” the “Saturday Night Live” funnyman writes in “Requiem for a Paper Bag,” part of the Found Anthology, which publishes letters and notes found on the street.

Samberg was sure there’d “been some kind of error, so I [figured I’d] wait it out, assuming the bank would notice and take care of it.”

But they didn’t.

“Weeks later, I checked back and the money was still in there. I thought somebody in my family had deposited it as an outlandish (but welcome) gift, but I was dying to know what the hell was going on.

“I certainly wasn’t going to report anything, though, so I decided to just let it sit for a while,” the Emmy winner writes in the Simon & Schuster book, coming out on Tuesday.

After four months of the extra cash sitting untouched in his account, “I decided to see what would happen if I transferred out the money — maybe I’d get a call from the bank president, or have federal agents knocking at my door. Here’s the thing: Nothing ever happened. Nobody said anything about it. So I basically found 5,000 free dollars from the bank.”

Samberg eventually used the money to fund a few short films while at NYU. “One was called ‘Mime Comps,’ about a talking mime,” he says.

And yes, he addresses the obvious question: Why didn’t he come clean and tell the bank?

“Had I lied to the bank by saying nothing?” he asks. “All I’d done was keep my mouth shut, like a mime. Would you have done anything different? Who knows where the five grand came from? These are mysteries that will never be solved.”

Samberg’s tale came through “a friend who knows Andy,” says the book’s editor, Davy Rothbart.

“I just posed the question, ‘Do you have any strange stories about stuff you’ve found?’” said Rothbart.

“This was Andy’s response.”

We’re left with one question: Which bank does Samberg use? We’d like to switch our accounts to it.



Andy's first book... sort of. “Requiem for a Paper Bag” includes a story from Andy Samberg, but that's about it.


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