Thursday, October 22, 2009

Andy Samberg - Update about the New York Comedy Festival

New York Comedy Festival: Andy Samberg & Friends
Sunday, Nov 8 8:00p
at The Town Hall, New York, NY
With a diverse range of comedic talents, Andy Samberg has emerged as a captivating and hilarious leading man on screens both big and small. As an Emmy® award winning writer, Samberg is achieving as much success behind the scenes as he is on screen.

Price: $50.00 - $60.00

Samberg recently hosted the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, which was the highest rated Movie Awards since 2004. Samberg’s vocal talents will next be showcased in Chris Miller's animated feature "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Sony will release the film on September 18th, 2009. Samberg was also recently nominated for a 2009 Emmy® award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for his song “Motherlover,” performed alongside Justin Timberlake.

Samberg 's feature film debut was "Hot Rod.' Additionally, he recently starred in the film "I Love You, Man," He voiced the lead character, Ham III, in the animated film "Space Chimps".

Samberg, along with his Lonely Island partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, released their first full length album “Incredibad” by Universal Republic Records on February 10th, 2009. “Incredibad” is the first comedy album to reach the #1 spot on iTunes and features favorites such as ““D**k in a Box” and "Natalie's Rap" (featuring actress Natalie Portman and Chris Parnell), as well as new musical creations featuring a diverse arsenal of guest artists including hip hop impresario T-Pain, Grammy® winning superstar Norah Jones, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Bay area rapper and The Click founder E-40, and comedy hellion and Tenacious D-veteran Jack Black.

Samberg will start his fifth season as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live" this fall. His breakthrough performance for the veteran comedy showcase was the music video "Lazy Sunday," a performance collaboration with SNL alum Chris Parnell. “Lazy Sunday” was an undeniable online phenomenon that amassed over five million hits on within a few days and sparked its own legion of Internet imitations. The controversy surrounding the legal ramifications of online video content thrust the story into the media spotlight, highlighting Samberg as the poster-child for a new generation of DIY filmmakers and comics.

The following season, Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone again made waves with the short video "D**k in a Box," starring Samberg and Justin Timberlake in a spoof on early-nineties R&B. As of April 2007, “D**k In a Box” was the all-time # 4 video on with over 20 million views. The song reached unprecedented levels of popularity both online and in print, culminating in Samberg joining Timberlake on-stage at Madison Square Garden in February 2007 and performing the song live for more than 18,000 fans. The classic R&B spoof won a 2007 Emmy® award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone, collectively known as “The Lonely Island,” have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, CA. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing, and producing their own brand of comedy and showcasing it on their website



They're warning you that this is a standup and skit gig; it's not a musical performance.



Kristie said...

im upset i didn't go, i love andy samberg sooo much!! haha <3 i bet it was great...i hope it goes on tv soon, or is there any link where i can watch it!?! - ANDY SAMBERG LOVER! <3

B. said...

I went to the show and it was FANTASTIC. There wasn't a moment during the entire performance that I wasn't cracking up, even though it was mostly other performers just being introduced by Andy. So when the title said "Andy Samberg and Friends", it really meant the "friends" part. However, it was really okay seeing as the friends consisted of Seth Myers, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson (who made his first debut as Reba at the show. The positive audience response is what I personally think led to the character being featured on SNL the next week), and Jenny Slate. SNL writers such as John Muhlaney and Colin Jost(who btw is a super QT, if there ever was one) performed, and it was all finished off by a live performance of "Iran So Far Away" and "I'm on A Boat". It was really super fun, and probably the best standup show I have ever been to.

After the show everyone came out to take pictures and sign autographs, except for Kenan who walked away in a hurry and Seth who left before the show ended. Fred Armisen and his wife Elisabeth Moss were super sweet and spent more time interacting with fans than they had to, Jason Segal came out of nowhere, which hey I'm not complaining about, and took a bunch of pictures with fans. Jenny Slate peeked her head out got scared and went back inside, but later came out with the rest of the writers to talk to fans during the rush to meet the lonely island.

I am sorry to inform anyone who reads this that they weren't very nice. I completely understood that it was overwhelming for them, but they pretty much refused to take pictures with anyone, and rushed into a cab, leaving fans, myself included, pretty disappointed. Jorma was awesome and tried to have little conversations on the way to the taxi, while Akiva smiled for pictures but wouldn't pose. What I still don't understand is how Andy went from having this awesome persona on stage to coming out after the show and frankly, being an asshole. A little boy kept screaming "Andy!Andy! You're my role model! Mrs.So-and-So was my teacher too!" Andy didn't even look at the kid, but definitely heard him as he bluntly responded with "Sure." He was a great performer and host, but when it came to meeting the fans, who were all there to see him, he was really cold. I clearly don't know him as a person, and I have no idea what was going on in his personal life, but the assumption I can draw from my experience and the experiences of others is he doesn't respect the fans and has let the ego get to him.

But if another show of his comes up, I highly recommend people go see it.

Oh, and if anyone has questions about the performance, I'd be more than happy to answer them. :)

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