Friday, April 30, 2010

Andy Samberg is still seeing Joanna Newsom

New pics of Andy Samberg with Joanna Newsom! They look so cute and happy together.

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!

SNL funny guy Andy Samberg and his girlfriend out and about in the city. April 28, 2010



Empire Update: Do Not Steal - our 3D animation

Secret Agents Pineapple and Coconut teach you the importance of not stealing... in their own special ways.

If you like it, go vote for it on Aniboom. Give it 5 stars and leave a nice comment:

CREDITS: Directed and Written by Ed 'word' Price. Animation by Ed, Armando, Aric, and Scott. Voices by Ken, Wes, and Mike. This is our 5th Sesame Street cartoon.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

SNL in the 2000s - Documentary (SNL Special)

Here are clips from the documentary they aired on NBC...

First the promo...

"Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time And Again" airs on Thursday, April 15 9pm/8c

Andy's TV Guide photo is featured, and there's a still of him young and shaggy-tastic at about 28 seconds in.


The story behind the Lazy Sunday from Saturday Night Live In the 2000s: Time and Again.

Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer talk about the making of two scenes from Lazy Sunday. Andy's in the Lazy Sunday clips. I wish they would show more of the interviews online.


Chris Parnell shares some never-before-seen dress rehearsal raps in Saturday Night Live In the 2000s: Time and Again.

Hahahaha. So the way Lazy Sunday came about is that Lonely Island pitched Chris to do one of these Weekend Update raps with him, and Chris sugggested that they just do a digital short like LI's previous online vids. And thus they went out to film Lazy Sunday.


The backstory of the Sarah Palin rap from Saturday Night Live In the 2000s: Time and Again.

Hahahaha. Andy is one of the eskimos. Reportedly, Amy previously revealed in an interview that she sat down with Andy to get some rapping pointers for this rap. Apparently, Amy had this rap prepared, and as soon as she saw an opportunity (on Friday, the day before), she busted it out and sold everyone on it!

Bobby Moynihan played the moose and got shot by Amy Poehler. Nice!


Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake shed light on the conception of the sketch in Saturday Night Live In the 2000s: Time and Again.


Amy and Maya reveal the backstory of Bronx Beat from Saturday Night Live In the 2000s: Time and Again.


Andy Samberg - Amy Poehler called him Adam Sandwich

This was when Andy Samberg hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009. Amy Poehler won the best WTF Moment for urinating in the sink in Baby Momma. Her acceptance speech (and a shot of Jim Carrey):

Bleeped potty mouth; Andy got a nice call out from Amy Poehler!

And their relationship has progressed a bit from there. This season, Amy and crew has tried to get more guest appearances in Parks and Recreation. The guests have included Fred Armisen, Will Arnett, and the one and only Andy Samberg!!!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Andy Samberg at an SNL "behind the scenes" Emmy event

Thanks to Holly for this scoop!

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers, producer Steve Higgins, SNL stars treat New York Television Academy members to a rare look into the acclaimed series. SNL alum-turned-late-nighter Jimmy Fallon moderated the event, held at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

Kristen Wiig, Kenan Thompson, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers

An Evening with Saturday Night Live in New York City

Actors Fred Armisen, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig and producer Steve Higgins


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Betty White SNL Promo

This commercial aired last Saturday night during SNL:

Some say it stole the show. So one week of a rerun this week and then a new episode on May 8th.


Andy Samberg at the University of Delaware

Andy Samberg continues his college tour...

Andy Samberg "Shares it all at the University of Delaware"

May 2nd at 8:00PM (doors at 7:00PM)
Tickets go on sale April 6th
All tickets are general admission
$15 for students with UD ID
$30 for the general public
At the Bob Carpenter Center

Tickets can be bought at the UD Box Offices:
Hours in Trabant: 10AM to 3PM (M-F)
Hours in Bob Carpenter Center: 10AM to 6PM (M-F)


Thanks to Anony for the scoop!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Vote for Andy Samberg as People's Most Influential

Click here to vote:,28804,1972075_1972078_1972623,00.html

Andy is currently 74. Let's vote him up higher! Truly, this is pretty good seeing how Andy isn't in a ton of movies.

From the page:

Age: 31
Occupation: Actor
Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 0

There is a version of Saturday Night Live that only exists in blog posts and E-mail inboxes, and in that world Andy Samberg is king. The comedian, now in his 5th season with the venerable sketch show, is a pioneer of the digital comedy short: a brief Internet video so funny and compulsively viral that users can't help but forward them along. The humor tends toward the absurd and vulgar (witness his unspeakable duets with Justin Timberlake), but mainstream audiences are increasingly getting the joke: "I'm on a Boat", a collaboration between his comedy troupe The Lonely Island and rapper T-Pain, was nominated for a Grammy.


Empire Update: Letters Are Better (animated folk song)

This one's also for kids. We submitted it to a Sesame Street contest. If you like it, please go vote for it by giving it 5 stars and leaving a nice comment. Thanks!

Alphabet Bear sings you this song about the importance of letters while the Letter Critters run around and have fun.

Animation by Snorre. Directed and Produced by Ed 'word' Price. Music by Elisa Jiminez. This is our 3rd Sesame Street cartoon.

Please go vote for it for the Sesame Street contest by rating it 5 stars and leaving a nice comment:



Sunday, April 25, 2010

Andy Samberg SNL Digital Short - Cherry Battle

Film: SNL Digital Short - Cherry Battle

Andy and Gabourey face off in an epic fruit-fueled duel.

Gabourey Sidibe
Andy Samberg

What do you think?


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Is Robert Pattinson going to host SNL?

Could R-Patz Finally Be Hosting SNL?

SNL bossman Lorne Michaels has revealed that they've asked Robert Pattinson to host an episode of SNL this season!

In 2009, Lorne said that he didn't know if Pattinson would make a good host, but after seeing the way he handled himself on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, admitting it "went well" for R-Patz.



Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels told OK! they’re still trying to get Robert Patttinson to play host!

Back in April 2009, OK! asked Lorne if R-Pattz would be hosting SNL.

“Not this season,” he said at Natural Resources Defense Council 11th annual Forces For Nature benefit in NYC. “We’re all locked in with the hosts for this year.”

But he still held out hope for securing the vampire hottie in the future.

“Yeah, yeah, of course,” he said.

“We asked him this season,” Lorne told OK! Monday night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Presents An Evening with Saturday Night Live in NYC. “And then he did Jimmy’s show and that went well for him..”

It sounds like Lorne might be more confident in Rob’s comedic skills after seeing him on Jimmy Fallon’s show!

Back in 2009, he was slightly skeptical if the Twilight star would make a good host.

“Don’t know,” Lorne said. “You never know.”

But now he hopes he’ll host soon.

“Yeah,” Lorne admitted.



Thanks for the scoop go to an Anony who works for Perez!


SNL played the Broadview Security commercial again last week

Commercial: Broadview Security

You can't trust anyone.

Fred Armisen ... rabbi
Abby Elliott ... K.D. Lang
Will Forte ... operator
Bill Hader ... spokesperson
Nasim Pedrad ... girl
Andy Samberg ... A.J.

Classic. Andy's just on at the beginning.

First aired on 03.13.2010.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Andy Samberg isn't hosting the MTV Movie Awards this year

Aziz Ansari is. Aziz is Andy's friend. Andy was on his Human Giant and Parks and Recreation shows. Plus Aziz was in Andy's Star Trek spoof last year when Andy hosted the show.

The 19th annual MTV Movie Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 6.

We'll let you know more if we find out why this decision was made.

Speaking of Aziz, though, he should host SNL!

Thanks to Anony for the scoop.


New SNL promo - Kenan and Gabourey

Gabourey Sidibe hosts an all-new SNL 4/24 with musical guest MGMT.

What do you think of Kenan's joke here? I must be ign'ant. I don't get it.


Empire update: Learn Your ABCs (our new animated song)

This one we created is a rap song...

Check it out and rate 5 stars to vote for it if you can! This is in a Sesame Street competition. You can rate it over at the Aniboom page here:

So, yeah, we gladly admit that this isn't hilarious like an Andy Samberg song. We still like it though.

  • Animation and Designs by Dazzer.
  • Produced by Ed 'word' Price.
  • Rap by Zekness aka 5 Star.



Thursday, April 22, 2010

MacGruber college tour and WWE videos

Join us as we follow Andy's TLI buddy, Jorma...

Jorma will be taking "MacGruber" on the road for a college tour with Will Forte and John Solomon (co-writer). They will be screening the movie and doing some Q and A stuff afterward. Here are those dates:
  • Monday, April 26th - University of North Carolina
  • Tuesday, April 27th - Indiana University
  • Wednesday, April 28th - University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Thursday, April 29th - University of Arizona
  • Friday, April 30th - UCLA

Check out these WWE interview videos with the cast of MacGruber...

This video is an interview with the cast:

Here is a clip from the show with MacGruber:

And here MacGruber fights Vladimir Kozlov (continuing the saga from the last video; ends well):

The WWE superstars on the set of MacGruber:


Even and Odd animation


For those who care, we're called The Animation Empire because...

We're making animations to pitch, and we wanted to do some in the preschool/education genre. So we're pitching them to Sesame Street. It's hard to come up with compelling educational animation that's only a minute or two long, but we'll try a few things.

First up is Even and Odd, where two monsters teach you about even and odd numbers. If you've got a minute, could you go to the video's Web page and give it a higher rating? There are too many competitors out there running around rating everything low.

Oh, and please let me know what your kids think as we experiment and see what kids like (if you have any little ones at home).

  • Written, Produced, and 4 Voices by Ed 'word' Price
  • Animated and Designs by Patrick Jenkins
  • Guitar and 2 Voices by Tyler B
  • Keyboard and Music Composition by Jeffrey B

Go here to check out Patrick's other animations:


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Andy Samberg & Gabourey Sidibe SNL Promo

Gabourey Sidibe was in Precious.

Hahahaha. These are classic Lonely Island gags again here. Jorma must have been around. I can't get enough of Andy screaming. And as long as Andy's writing the jokes, Gabourey should be an awesome host. =^)

What do you think?

Thanks to Shazam for the scoop!


Andy Samberg is Toby in Teen Talk (Roger Brush skit)

Show: Teen Talk

The show that normally helps with the issues facing today's teenagers.

Ryan Phillippe ... Rudy
Fred Armisen ... Roger Brush
Bill Hader ... Leonard
Nasim Pedrad ... Shelby Winters
Andy Samberg ... Toby
Kristen Wiig ... Janelle

I didn't find this funny the first time. Not sure why they let Fred do this again. The first appearance of Robert Brush was on Woman to Woman on 11.21.2009.

Andy pretty much saves this skit.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Andy Samberg in Shake Weight SNL Commercial

Commercial: The Shake Weight Commercial DVD

For people who can't get enough of the Shake Weight commercial.

Fred Armisen ... guy
Abby Elliott ... model
Will Forte ... guy
Bill Hader ... spokesperson
Bobby Moynihan ... guy
Nasim Pedrad ... model
Andy Samberg ... guy
Jenny Slate ... model
Kenan Thompson ... guy
Kristen Wiig ... model

Hahahaha. Wow. This was amazing, and I'm surprised that ALL the ladies were in this! They certainly have a sense of humor.

Andy was in briefly at the end in the four screen-split.

What did you think? Any ladies find this offensive?


Andy Samberg is Zig Zag on Hip Hop Kids

Show: Hip Hop Kids

It ain't no thing to stay away from bears.

Ryan Phillippe ... J Style
Abby Elliott ... Lil' Prinzess
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Zig-Zag
Jason Sudeikis ... Flip Flop
Kenan Thompson ... K Smoove
Kristen Wiig ... Baby Suggs

Finally, they make a sequel to this and put Andy Samberg in it! Finally! Andy and Abby replace Maya and Amy. The original was way back on 12.16.2006. They must have had this one in their back pocket.

I think Andy was an excellent straight man! What did you think?


Monday, April 19, 2010

Andy Samberg is Mort Mort Feingold

Sketch: Mort Mort Feingold: Accountant For The Stars

Doing taxes for the stars!

Ryan Phillippe ... Robert Pattinson
Abby Elliott ... Shaun White
Will Forte ... John Edwards
Bobby Moynihan ... Susan Boyle
Andy Samberg ... Mort Mort Feingold
Jenny Slate ... Kristen Stewart
Jason Sudeikis ... Mel Gibson
Kenan Thompson ... Tyler Perry
Kristen Wiig ... Kate Gosselin

Hahaha. Not all of these are funny, but it's just a fun excuse to bust out a bunch of impressions. I loved Abby's stoner and Bobby's Susan Boyle (though his singing is Nathan Lane). Lots of fun. I hope they do it again.

It's been a looooong time since Andy had a live skit where he was the lead like this.
What do you think?


Andy Samberg in the Ryan Phillippe monologue

Some show characters would like their own movies.


Ryan Phillippe
Fred Armisen ... saxophonist
Andy Samberg ... singer
Jason Sudeikis ... dancer
Kenan Thompson ... Diondre Cole
Kristen Wiig ... Target cashier

So they start off the MacGruber jokes with 3 other SNL characters wanting their own shows: Andy's # in a Box and Mother Lover singer, Kristen's Target Lady, and Kenan's Diondre Cole.

So what would Andy's character's movie be like?


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Andy Samberg - new digital short: The Other Man

Hahahaha. Weirdness. Who was that at the end?

Betrayal can be a vicious cycle.

Film: SNL Digital Short, The Other Man

Ryan Phillippe ... Kyle
Fred Armisen ... father
Bill Hader ... priest
Bobby Moynihan ... friend
Nasim Pedrad ... Megan
Andy Samberg ... guy
Kristen Wiig ... mother

What did you think? Another silly character for Andy. Andy should revive one of these characters in a live skit.

This was sort of the opposite of the jazz curse short with Jon Hamm (in this one, Andy was the curse instead of the cursed character).


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ryan Philippe SNL promo

Ryan Phillippe hosts an all-new SNL 4/17 with musical guest, Ke$ha.

Pretty funny jokes obviously written by Kristen. First joke is pretty funny, but the second one is basically Kristen's lying Penelope character.

As I predicted, the SNL producers pitted Ryan with his first and second costars from MacGruber, Will Forte and Kristen Wiig.

Good thing these promos exist, or we'd never know how to pronounce stars' names. =^)


Friday, April 16, 2010

Sweet MacGruber poster

CBS Films and Universal Studios have sent over a high resolution version of the new MacGruber movie poster. MacGruber stars Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph and Val Kilmer and it’s the feature film version of the Saturday Night Live skit. MacGruber screened at SXSW and I’ve heard from friends it’s very stupid but extremely funny. Sounds like my kind of movie.

MACGRUBER Synopsis and Info:

Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.

In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job.

Assembling an elite team of experts-Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)-MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.

Release date: May 21, 2010

Rating: R

Genre: Action comedy

Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph and Val Kilmer

Written by: Will Forte & John Solomon & Jorma Taccone

Directed by: Jorma Taccone

Produced by: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn

Executive Producers: Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Akiva Schaffer, Seth Meyers, Erin David


So Akiva and Seth are producing! No Andy though. =^(


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Andy Samberg at an Evening with Saturday Night Live on 4/12/10

SNL's Andy Samberg gets the laughs going Monday at "An Evening with Saturday Night Live" in New York City. During the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-sponsored event, the funnyman's colleagues revealed recent musical guest Justin Bieber was a "complete pro."

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Good news and bad news, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs fans. Cloudy will be back! The sequel is in production. But sadly, we can exclusively reveal that the original film's directing duo is taking a backseat this time.

Earlier this week Pajiba reported a rumor that Sony was readying a sequel to the acclaimed Cloudy, based on the second children's book, Pickles to Pittsburgh. We really hoped this was happening, as we believe Cloudy was one of the most underrated films last year, and easily one of the best animated films even though it was snubbed at the Oscars. So we asked our sources and this is what we got back.

A source close to the production confirms that yes, there is a sequel in development. But directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will only be creatively involved in the process, not directing this time around. Still the good news is the two will be working on the story, which is easily the most important part of the heart-warming first film. The classic jokes told in a modern manner paired with the plot's lovely message really sold this movie. And the new story is currently in development right now. We can't wait to see what actors return to their roles — Neil Patrick Harris had better return as the voice of Steve the monkey.

And just in case you don't remember how great Cloudy was, here are the first six minutes of the film.


Here is a Amazon's description of Pickles to Pittsburgh:

We check back in with Kate and Henry as they eagerly await Grandpa's return from an unusual vacation. Kate dreams about a postcard Grandpa has sent, and the story begins.

What do you think? Do you think Andy will be tapped for it? Do you think it will be any good? Do you think the directors want to move on to something else instead?

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ryan Philippe SNL promo

Ryan Phillippe hosts an all-new SNL with musical guest Ke$ha 4/17.

Of course the first promo is with Will Forte, the star of MacGruber. So they gotta mention MacGruber in there somewhere. =^)

Who's Ke$ha? Yonder...

It would be sweet if Andy did a musical short with her!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Andy Samberg - behind the scenes of Boombox

These are cool, but I wish they were longer and featured more people talking to the camera.

What do you think?

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Ryan Phillippe Hosting SNL this week on April 17th

Recent Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe and Ryan Phillippe will each host Saturday Night Live for the first time later this month, NBC announced Thursday.

Phillippe will make his hosting debut April 17 along with first-time musical performer Ke$ha. Phillippe will star in next month's big-screen version of the SNL sketch "MacGruber" alongside Will Forte and Kristen Wiig.

Video: Justin Bieber on his craziest fan

The show will welcome Precious star Sidibe the following week, on April 24, along with musical guest MGMT.

Phillippe and Sidibe will follow former SNL star and head writer Tina Fey, who ... return[ed] to host the series for the second time April 10.

Fey — who co-stars in the feature film Date Night with Steve Carell, ... is also set to co-host the show's Mother's Day special with Betty White, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.


So with Will, Ryan, and Kristen on the show, they could pretty much do a MacGruber SNL episode. =^)

What do you think?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Andy Samberg in School Dance (SNL skit)

Sketch: School Dance

Tina Fey ... mother
Justin Bieber ... student
Abby Elliott ... Melissa
Bobby Moynihan ... student
Nasim Pedrad ... Bedelia
Andy Samberg ... student
Jenny Slate ... Kelly

Love gets the last dance.

This is another hilarious character from Nasim Pedrad. Justin (musical guest) does a guest appearance. Nasim is really channeling Cheri Oteri here. Great job!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Andy Samberg - an announcer on Ruff, Rugged And Roker

Show: Ruff, Rugged And Roker

Al Roker's forecast calls for some Lavender Rain vodka.

Tina Fey ... Dina Lohan
Bobby Moynihan ... director
Nasim Pedrad ... Kim Kardashian
Andy Samberg ... announcer
Kenan Thompson ... Al Roker

What do you think? How's Andy as an announcer?


Andy Samberg is a doctor on the Sarah Palin Network

Commercial Sarah Palin Network

Sarah Palin previews her new network line up.

Tina Fey ... Sarah Palin
Bobby Moynihan ... Ned Redstone
Andy Samberg ... doctor
Jenny Slate ... daughter
Jason Sudeikis ... Todd Palin
Kenan Thompson ... guy
Kenan Thompson ... announcer (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... mother

Andy Samberg delivers the bad news. =^)


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tina Fey hosting new SNL tonight!

Just a reminder that Tina Fey is hosting a new SNL tonight, so checka it out!

Just Tina and Justin, and that's all it needs really, since Tina has done a ton of these as a cast members. Some good but awkward sexual jokes here.


Interesting documentary on the SNL standby line

I found this documentary interesting, so I wanted to share it. It's hexa old, but Andy was on during this season (Peyton Manning episode). No real mention of the current staff. It's more about the line.

What do you think? Didja like it? Louise is quite a card!


Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Tina Fey SNL promo

Tina Fey hosts an all new SNL April 10th with musical guest Justin Bieber.

Some decent gags here with Tina and Fred. Check out SNL this week! I'd love to see Andy do something special with Tina!


Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom at the White House

We already posted on this, but here is some more info...

Andy Samberg (black denim, black top, big hair) venturing into the White House's Northwest Gate Monday morning holding hands with singer-harpist Joanna Newsom. Also with some guy in a hoodie. Turns out that Maureen Dowd (DC columnist for New York Times) spotted the couple dining at Blue Duck on Sunday (Newsom's playing the Sixth & I Synagogue on Tuesday) and arranged for the "Saturday Night Live" star to visit his comedic avatar Rahm Emanuel.


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Will Gabourey Sidibe host SNL on April 24th?

Gabourey Sidibe continues to get great gigs, including a primo spot hosting "Saturday Night Live" on April 24. We can't wait to see the sassy star shine on the show!


Gabourey starred in Precious and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Thanks to Amy for the scoop!


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Andy Samberg does a video shout out for Fesh!

On a recent Saturday night, the comedy community of both coasts gathered to fête Mitchell Stephen Fesh. At New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade, the bearded guest of honor sat amid a doting crowd to watch a tribute video to himself packed with stars from NBC’s Thursday night comedies: 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer, Community’s Donald Glover, and The Office’s Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods (who plays Kathy Bates’s obsequious lackey). Woods applauded Fesh’s three-word name that “makes you sound like either an aristocrat or an assassin,” while Human Giant’s Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer taped themselves at UCB’s Los Angeles branch, amid a capacity crowd cheering Fesh’s name. And then came the Saturday Night Live encomiums: On came a video greeting from the cast's Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Andy Samberg, and Jenny Slate — as well as the show’s writers, interns, and the actor Jude Law, who was hosting the show that very night. Fesh shook with excitement throughout the evening as the praise rolled in.

But who was this mysterious Fesh, and why all the love?

To properly tell the legend of Fesh, we must go back to early February, when Chris Gethard, a UCB regular who has written for SNL and the Onion News Network (as well as a book called Weird New York), posted a video to YouTube called “Attn Sad Youth of America”: In it, he talked about how dark and lonely and confusing his youth was, and then he made an offer. If his depression resonated with anyone in his audience, he would like to fly that someone out to New York — “and for one night, at least one night, you will be a rock star. I will make sure that before you ever even arrive in New York City that everyone knows about you and what's great about you and is psyched to see you here.”

Read the rest here:

Here is Chris Gethard's video from Feb 8th, 2010:

Here's Fesh's first video:

Way to go Andy and everyone else!


Andy Samberg - Hangs with Aziz after the Funny People premiere

Update: Found a new picture of this. Originally posted 8/4/09.

Of course, Andy Samberg has a history of hanging with Aziz. He was invited to appear in Aziz's show, "Human Giant," as a host of the Kiditentiary show (it's a skit). They were also in I Love You Man together.

And now Andy is set to guest star in Aziz's hit show, "Parks and Recreation."

Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari:

Looks like Andy shed that checkered shirt at the after party.

This was on July 20th. Sandy Nixon was there (yay Sandy).


Monday, April 05, 2010

Emily spotted Andy Samberg at a Joanna Newsom concert on Saturday

(First image not related.)

Andy Samberg at the Joanna Newsom show in Chicago (at the Vic Theatre)...

Emily said:

I saw Andy in one of the VIP balconies very briefly, wearing a grey hoodie and glasses. I didn't think it could possibly be him since it was a saturday night, but lo and behold, SNL was a rerun.

So it was the Chicogo concert on Saturday, 4/3.

And here's an article about it...

"The audience, too, loved it (enough for some people to bring flowers). And, Andy Samberg, I’m pretty sure, loved it. Now, there’s a guy with a big bouquet of flowers. Not to sound like that blond surfer dude on “TMZ,” but I caught Andy on the balcony with like, six dozen roses and a cup of coffee.
I’m guessing the coffee was for him."


Thanks Emily!


Vote for us in the new IF contest

Click here to go vote for our "bananas" picture in the new IF contest:


Sunday, April 04, 2010

Is Joanna Newsom's latest album a two-hour love letter to Andy Samberg?

I had a feeling that Joanna Newsom was up to something big. However, I definitely wouldn’t have guessed that she would go and release a three disc album, two hour album. Joanna Newsom’s first album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was a batch of exquisitely written and sometimes clumsily (though more often transcendently) performed pop songs, cute enough for the teenage girls to love and literate enough for bearded college students to write theses on. Two years later Joanna, made a big splash with her five song, nearly hour long Ys, on which her songs took on new orchestral arrangements, became mystical and weird in that “Incredible-String-Band-meets-Van-Dyke-Parks” (literally) way and taught listeners the differences amongst meteors, meteorites and meteoroids. She continues to evoke an abstract, ancient, American mythos on Have One On Me, an album that encompasses the styles of her first two records but also makes forays into some interesting new directions.

Have One On Me contains three six song discs, each that could stand alone on their own. The disc I listen to the most is the first. Although great, it contains impenetrably dense songs from start to finish. Have One On Me’s songs range from under two minutes in length to over eleven minutes. Disc one features “Good Intentions Paving Company,” and “Have One On Me,” perhaps the album’s best two tracks. Joanna Newsom composes great music, although for the first time, her writing is becoming a bit redundant.

If Ys sounded like it should have been recorded in a spectral barn in 1969, Have One On Me is pure 1971. There are progressions like the one at the end of “Jack Rabbits,” over which Newsom sings of “making love” that evoke melodies played on swampy, overdriven guitars. “Soft As Chalk” has a certain jaunt post-chorus—the part where she bellows “Lawlessness!”—that evokes a heavy, gothic country and western, before giving way to a lovely, sparse piano line straight out of the saloon. “Kingfisher” is probably objectively Newsom’s “Stairway to Heaven.” It lacks an guitar solo and any particularly great climax, but has melodic similarities to that epic rock standard, and prominently features presumably hobbit-manned pan flutes. “You and Me, Bess” is alternately jazzy and Beatles-esque and while not straying from what has become something of a stock Have One On Me chord change, features one of the albums most interestingly written vocal melodies.

Love pervades the album, which is funny considering that the lyrics are probably about the dude who wrote “Jizzed in My Pants.” The misty opening track, “Easy,” evokes a somewhat ghostly, desperate need for love. Against a string and flute arrangement that fits the song perfectly, Newsom croons as eerily as she ever has, “Speak my name, and I appear.” “Good Intentions Paving Company” is Joanna’s best “pop single” to date despite its seven minute length. Several Newsoms, multi-tracked a la “Peach, Plum, Pear,” sing loving melodies that warm the ears the way sunbeams are absorbed into skin. A groovy, syncopated percussion track invites the listener to bob the same way he would listening to yacht rock in his car on a June day. Joanna Newsom finds herself on a new journey, making good use of the hackneyed life-as-road metaphor. Her lyrics are smart and endearing. She remarks on the irony of asking a lover to open his heart to her when she “can’t even open a honey jar,” and just before a sweet flugelhorn jam, she sings: “I only want for you to pull over and hold me / Till I can’t remember my own name.”

“Have One On Me” starts out spare and contemplative but eventually builds and swells to strange character sketches. It includes a lot of spider imagery. The arrangement of the song is interesting because while the harp remains constant, other instruments come in and out like scenes of a slideshow. The song features fiddles, mandolins and other bluegrass instruments that ornament Newsom’s lyrics and harp-playing meticulously, but disappear as quickly as they come. The song peaks with a minor key bridge, highlighted with horns and strings and gives way to a coda of wordless, weaving vocalization that sticks to the mind like honey from a tightly sealed jar. At its best moments, Have One On Me proves Newsom still has great ideas, engaging melodies coiled up in her mind waiting to spring forward.

Not every song on Have One On Me is great. “Occidental” is a somber piano ballad whose familiar melody seems to have been lifted from somewhere else. Its lyrics are good, but it climaxes limply and doesn’t have any of the twists that refuse to allow longer songs, like the album’s title track, to drag. Songs like “No Provenance” are very pretty and pleasant to listen to but aren’t as engaging as Newsom’s older work. Most of the longer songs, the ones that continue on the same part for a long time, begin to drag. “Sawdust & Diamonds” from Ys spends most of its time on one, two-chord progression, but the song builds tension gorgeously and engagingly, which is unfortunately rare on Have One On Me. “Baby Birch” starts out dull and stays that way for about five full minutes. It sounds like a dustbowl era murder-ballad and oozes viscously until its stripped down arrangement finally begins to blossom into something equally somber but sublime. “Baby Birch” isn’t a terrible song. It has nice guitar line when it hits its groove and its Asian-sounding coda is one of the album’s most memorable. It also probably features the album’s best percussion, think Paul McCartney’s drums at the end of “Dear Prudence,” but in slow motion and furious. It’s somewhat distressing to hear Joanna Newsom treading into Gillian Welch territory. Newsom taps into a certain weird American-ness, often. However, to hear her reduced to Americana would be depressing and almost does before the climax of this epic track.

The best slow song is “Going to California,” on which Newsom declares that her heart “became a drunken rut.” The pace is slow, but the writing (again fixated on the subject of love, this time from a melancholic perspective) is superior to many songs. She writes: “I wait all night, for you in California / Watching the fox pick off my goldfish / From their sorry, golden state / And I am no longer / Afraid of anything / Save the life that, here, awaits.” The orchestral swell of its climax and almost raucous shouts of “Caw, caw, caw” are weird and cathartic in a way that is distinctly Newsom’s own. A great line that pops up on one of the more lackluster songs is on “Ribbon Bows.” The line goes: “Sweet appraising eye of the dog / Blink once if God / Blink twice if no God.”

I haven’t penetrated to the very core of Have One On Me and would probably have written a much more in depth review if I had a year to write it. However, we all know about the importance of Kairos, and I’ve already pushed this back a bit. Ultimately Have One On Me is a good album with some fantastic songs. Alas, it falls prey to the trappings of being two hours and eighteen tracks long. It is hard to get through in one sitting because its tracks are pretty similar and very long, although I imagine it would score a nice night house-sitting with a lover and a bottle of wine. Songs like “Go Long” are good but almost indistinguishable at times from other songs on the album. Its highs are very high, but in the end, Have One On Me held itself back as a result of its excess.



Saturday, April 03, 2010

Andy Samberg - to star in Wayans Brothers Twilight spoof!!!

Wayans brothers making 'Twilight' spoof! It was only a matter of time before the Wayans brothers, known best for making "Scary Movie" which spoofed slasher flicks, would tackle the latest industry trend -- vampires!

According to Marlon Wayans' official Myspace page, the trio consisting of Marlon, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans are scheduled to start shooting "Vampire Movie" sometime this Fall. Like "Scary Movie" which primarily followed the plot of "Scream", their latest picture will poke fun at "Twilight" as well as a few other vampire films along the way.

While there weren't many details regarding the cast, Wayans did mention that Andy Samberg has snagged the role of Edward Coolman. He also wrote that Miley Cyrus would be making a cameo. If the film proves successful, the brothers plan to make a trilogy.


As a word of warning, this didn't work for Eddie Murphy's Vampire in Brooklyn.

I hope this isn't an April Fools joke.

So what do you guys think? Are you looking forward to the Wayans brothers' next project? Especially with Andy Samberg in the lead?


Friday, April 02, 2010

Ask Andy Samberg Blog - Did Andy and Justin sing **** in a Box live?

This question comes from an Anony...

Did Andy and Justin sing **** in a Box live?

Actually the question was more like...

any information on that?

But essentially it's the same question.

Yes, Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake performed **** in a Box live at Madison Square Garden.

Anony even did us a favor and found the best recording of that song/concert that we've seen so far:

It's probably because this recording came from Justin Timberlake's site, so they have multiple camera angles.

We've posted about this concert several times; so if you've been with us for a few years, you already know about this. But I think it's worth another watch to check out this version.

I'm not sure who's idea this was. It could have been Justin's idea, excited that their song was such a hit. He had a concert coming up (January 07), and he wanted to add it in as a special performance.

Or it could have come from one of the Lonely Island dudes. Justin usually loves TLI's ideas, so I could have seen him going for it.

There were rumors that Jorma and Chester were also up on the stage, but I didn't see them in this video.

We also can hear that Andy didn't quite have his singing voice down. He is able to produce his voice (meaning work on it in a studio until it sounds right), but he's not on key here. That said, this was also in 07, and he didn't really even try singing until 2006 (most of their songs before that were rap). So his live singing voice might be even "better" now.


Thursday, April 01, 2010

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