Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Andy Samberg in Guardians of Childhood (DreamWorks animation)

So Andy Samberg gets his third animated film (his first two were "Space Chimps" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs").

From Wikipedia...

The Guardians of Childhood is an upcoming computer-animated comedy film based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce, produced by DreamWorks Animation and due for release on November 21, 2012. The film is being described as "a contemporary fairytale based on existing fairytale characters". It will be written by Joyce, the creator of Rolie Polie Olie and Meet the Robinsons as well as a contributor to the underlying ideas behind the film Robots.

Plot - The film features a group of heroes from various childhood stories - Santa (Christopher Lee), the Easter Bunny (Seth Green), the Tooth Fairy (Miranda Cosgrove), Genie (Hank Azaria), the Sandman (Andy Samberg) and Jack Frost (Leonardo Dicaprio) - who join together in an adventure to stop Pitch the Boogeyman (George Lopez) from sending the world into "eternal darkness".

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Frost
Miranda Cosgrove as The Tooth Fairy
Seth Green as The Easter Bunny
Andy Samberg as Sandy the Sandman
George Lopez as Pitch the Boogeyman
Hank Azaria as The Genie
Christopher Lee as Santa Claus



Monday, November 29, 2010

Phineas and Ferb interview Andy Samberg (and Jack Black)

Tisha wrote us...

Hey TAE! I was bored and found myself watching the Disney Channel and while watching there was this tv ad for ''Phineas and Ferb Take Two'', its a special from the show ''Phineas and Ferb'' where the are the main characters are doing a parody of Late-night shows by interviewing celebrities and suprisingly Andy is one of them! And fellow friend Jack Black and more celebs.


From Wikipedia...

Take Two with Phineas and Ferb is an upcoming spin-off to Phineas and Ferb, premiering December 3, 2010.
Episode list:

December 3, 2010 - Phineas and Ferb interview Jack Black.

December 10, 2010 - Phineas and Ferb interview Andy Samberg.

Known guests:
  • Seth Rogen
  • Tony Hawk
  • Taylor Swift
  • Regis Philbin
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Emma Roberts
  • Randy Jackson
  • Cedric the Entertainer

Thanks to Tisha for the scoop, and...


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Recap of Andy Samberg's Prince William skit on SNL

Anne Hathaway on 'SNL': Actress mocks newly-engaged Kate Middleton in Royal Family sketch

Anne Hathaway isn't a real-life princess, but she's fast becoming Hollywood royalty.

The star of the upcoming "Love and Other Drugs" hosted "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend in an episode that is being praised by critics.

In one skit, the "Princess Diaries" actress reprised her role as royalty, playing a convincing Kate Middleton as she joins Prince William (Andy Samberg) to announce the couple's engagement to Queen Elizabeth II (Fred Armisen) and Prince Phillip (Bill Hader).

While the prince's blue-blood grandparents appeared genteel and well-mannered at the outset, their behavior took a hilarious turn for the worse when William left the room.

The Queen adapted a crude cockney accent as she told the soft-spoken Middleton, "Shut up! Shut your mouth!"


The royal couple proceeded to give Middleton a crass introduction to the palace rules, including a shout-out to one of Hathaway's most beloved films.

"We're not talking about salad forks, love," said Prince Phillip. "This is not the 'Princess Diaries.'"

"That movie's crap, isn't it?" added the Queen.

"I think it has its moments," a flustered Middleton replied.

The crude version of the royal pair also gave Middleton some honest advice about proper decorum in the bedroom.

"When you're out there waving to a parade, you be Princess Di, you be Princess Grace ... but in the bedroom, think Fergie!"

Hathaway, who appeared in a knee-length blue wrap dress similar to Middleton's now-famous Issa engagement frock, also moonlighted as actress Katie Holmes and the Wizard of Oz's Dorothy in other skits that evening.

The actress' hotly-anticipated film, "Love and Other Drugs," hits theaters Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/11/22/2010-11-22_anne_hathaway_on_snl_actress_mocks_newlyengaged_kate_middleton_in_royal_family_s.html#ixzz16Q3KiFDY


And according to Anne Hathaway's monologue, she appears nude in the film.

We included this review to give more of a background of the skit.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Scarlett Johansson hanged with Andy Samberg

Scarlett Johansson, drinking vodka sodas with Andy Samberg and Lorne Michaels during Saturday Night Live's afterparty at Primehouse in N.Y.C. Also there: Jon Hamm, who worked the entire room. By 4 a.m., Johansson was rallying revelers and trying to get everyone to sing karaoke after the bash.



So it's just interesting that Scarlett chose to hang out with Andy and Lorne. An interesting combination.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Denzel Washington did an impression of himself, based on Jay Pharoah's impression

Okay, so Denzel Washington did an impression of himself, based on the impression that Jay Pharoah did of Denzel.

Read about it over at our new Jay Pharoah blog. We believe this guy is going to be huge! Check him out:


Jay is definitely the next Will Ferrell or Eddie Murphy. He is blowing the audience away with his impressions (Kanye, Nick Cannon was also genius, Denzel Washington was done twice in different ways, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith on Weekend Update in his first episode, and most recently impressions of three rappers in his Thanksgiving Song). Jay needs to continue to strike every other episode like he is, but he also needs to try out a character or two in between his impresions (Will Ferrell had his George Bush and Alex Trebek, but it was his characters that made him famous). Jay also did Chris Tucker on SNL once, but I missed that, and he's obviously poised to take over Obama from Fred, since he does a great Obama impression (next season is my guess).


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Andy Samberg is Batman on The Miley Cyrus Show (SNL)

Show - The Miley Cyrus Show

Anne Hathaway ... Katie Holmes
Vanessa Bayer ... Miley Cyrus
Bobby Moynihan ... drummer
Andy Samberg ... actor
Jason Sudeikis ... Billy Ray Cyrus

Miley Cyrus interviews guest Katie Holmes and shows a copy of her audition as Batman's love interest.

So apparently Andy played Batman. Did it look like him?


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Anne Hathaway tells Andy Samberg that she'll get naked for him (SNL Monologue)

Anne talks about her thought process on doing nude scenes in her work.

Andy's hilarious here, playing himself. He has a great smile as he walks off stage. Plus Bobby's laugh is pretty funny. And then Kristen's line at the end nails the bit.

The show was off to a good start. What do you think? Do you think the show was better than it has been lately?


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Andy Samberg is Robert Smith from The Cure in Horse Play (SNL)

Commercial - Horse Play

Anne Hathaway ... Alanis Morissette
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Danielle Flora ... dancer
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Andy Samberg ... Robert Smith
Jason Sudeikis ... Adam Lambert
Kenan Thompson ... Cee Lo
Kristen Wiig ... Dolores O'Riordan

A heart-warming film about a team of horses who wanted to play baseball has a soundtrack.

I'm not always the biggest fan of these "Hey let's come up with a make believe kids movie and then have our players impersonate musicians who would create songs for the soundtrack" skit ideas, but, wow. The cast really takes it and runs with it. (This is a semi-sequel to "Bunny Business" on 11.07.2009.

This is the first Robert Smith impression on SNL. Cheri Oteri did Alanis Morisette once on 11.14.1998. Jason's second take on Adam Lambert (and he's the only SNL player to do it). Kenan's Cee Lo was the first time on SNL. Kristen's Cranberries singer was the first time on SNL. Fred is the one person to bring his impression back from Bunny Business. Fred's second take on Randy Newman (and the only SNL player to do it).

Here are my rankings in how awesome these impressions were (and hilarious)...

1. Kristen Wiig ... Dolores O'Riordan (Cranberries) - Wow. Kristen gets first place just for nailing the voice so amazingly well. The "Oats" part at the end was good too.

2. Andy Samberg ... Robert Smith - Andy nails the voice, look, and hand motions. The crying at the end really makes it great.

3. Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman - A hilarious butchering of Randy's voice. Too short though.

4. Anne Hathaway ... Alanis Morissette - Anne really gets into this. It would have been higher on the list if it was funnier.

5. Jason Sudeikis ... Adam Lambert - Probably the best gag of the skit, and he looks great, but it's mostly just a gag. No singing here. Still the humor in itself gave him the edge over Kenan.

6. Kenan Thompson ... Cee Lo - A great impression, but not really funny.


And just for fun, here was the lineup on Bunny Business...

Taylor Swift ... Shakira
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Abby Elliott ... Christina Aguilera
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Bill Hader ... Eddie Vedder
Andy Samberg ... Adam Duritz
Kenan Thompson ... Jennifer Hudson
Kristen Wiig ... Natalie Merchant

Abby Elliott wasn't even in this one (she usually does impressions of singers). It's amazing how many talented singers SNL has.

What did you think?


Monday, November 22, 2010

Robert Deniro - next host on Saturday Night Live

Robert Deniro hosts December 4th.

This will be Robert's third time hosting. The first two were...


Plus he has three earlier guest appearances:

10.10.1992 (Joe Pesci was hosting)

But my favorite appearance he made was in 1997, when he and Pesci crashed Jim Breuer's Joe Pesci Show (Colin Quinn was playing Deniro), and the real Pesci and broke their legs with a bat. Classic!

He's obviously promoting Little Fockers.

What do you think he'd do with Andy Samberg?


Andy Samberg is The Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz (SNL)

Show - The Essentials: Wizard of Oz

Anne Hathaway ... Dorothy
Fred Armisen ... Lon Donson, The Weather Vane
Bill Hader ... Cowardly Lion
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... Tin Man
Bobby Moynihan ... The Wizard
Andy Samberg ... Scarecrow
Jason Sudeikis ... Robert Osborne

There was almost a fifth character in The Wizard of Oz that you've never heard about.

Anne really does well in picking skits. Last time she was on, she was Mary Poppins, and this time she's Dorothy. Bobby is a great Wizard. Classic!

Andy is a great scarecrow! They really did a great job on the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion and getting their makeup right!

I wonder who writes the skits like this one and the Disney ones?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Andy Samberg is Prince William (SNL)

Sketch - Royal Engagement

Anne Hathaway ... Kate Middleton
Fred Armisen ... Queen Elizabeth
Bill Hader ... Prince Philip
Taran Killam ... butler
Andy Samberg ... Prince William

Prince William takes Kate Middleton to meet Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Fred as the Queen. Hahahaha. None of the four ladies on the show could have played the queen?

This is the first time Andy or anyone on SNL has played Prince William. How did Andy do?


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Andy Samberg & Anne Hathaway - SNL Promo

Anne hosts an all-new SNL 11/20 with musical guest Florence + the Machine.

Just a basic gag from Andy. Nothing super funny. Glad Anne and Andy did a promo together!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Andy Samberg & TLI - their first Rokk Vodka video

Thanks to Anony for the scoop! Anony says:

Sorry girls, Andy doesn't look nearly as good as Jorm and Kiv.

I love that Andy has long hair!

Sort of silly, but I think it ends very well. The hose bit at the end is hilarious!

Well, Jorma's probably been working on this.

Did you like it?


Featured Player Update - Vanessa gets a few skits & Jay dominates

Interestingly, this last episode (hosted by Scarlett Johansson) was mostly a stinker. Kristen tries a new character that doesn't go over well. A bunch of repeat skits that aren't original enough to be funny, a lot of the actors didn't seem to be hitting the marks on their jokes, and Vanessa led three bits.

In Stars of Tomorrow, Vanessa played a little girl actress who did adult roles. The skit came across as dry and a little too annoying to me:

Vanessa had a funny gag on the MTV commercial (and Jay did a good job with Nick Cannon):

This Weekend Update gag got me at the end (it wasn't funny until the end):

But I attribute the humor more to Seth and Fred than Vanessa (although she set them up well enough).

And Vanessa headlined this dating game show (but it also wasn't overly funny):

Oh my gawsh! No way! Do you guys see it??? This is Vanessa Bayer's way of getting back (by poking fun at herself and acknowledging what happened).

You see, Vanessa had her old online Dating video leaked a few weeks back, and it makes her look a little boring...

So... this skit starts out with a similar video and heads to the next step. Coincidence, or Vanessa "fighting back?"

Other bits that connect... She basically received a lot of hateful comments, including talking about her frizzy hair, so for this character she made the frizzy hair a lot more extreme. And then people asked who the heck would go for her from that video... and the answer in this skit is Taran's version of the same annoying and boring person (but in guy form).

Meanwhile, Jay does a fun Kanye impression:

But he really knocked it out of the park with his second take on his Denzel Washington impression:

I still want to see Jay bust out his Eddie Murphy on Weekend Update and feature his Will Smith in a skit a little better.

Jay is definitely the next Will Ferrell or Eddie Murphy. He is blowing the audience away with his impressions (Kanye, Nick Cannon in this episode was also genius, Denzel Washington was done a second time in this episode in a different way, Eddie Murphy, and Will Smith on Weekend Update in his first episode). Jay needs to continue to strike every other episode like he is, but he also needs to try out a character or two in between his impresions (Will Ferrell had his George Bush and Alex Trebek, but it was his characters that made him famous). Jay also did Chris Tucker on SNL once, but I missed that, and he's obviously poised to take over Obama from Fred, since he does a great Obama impression (next season is my guess).

Nasim needs to strike some more this season, but I feel like she's making a little progress already:
1st, she tried out Henry on episode 2 (Bryan Cranston) of this season (which I think flopped).
2nd, she did a great Gloria Allred during episode 3 (Jane Lynch).
3rd, on episode 4 (Emma Stone), she did her great Barbara Walters on The View and then blew me away as Morgan with her team up with Andy Samberg in "My Brother Knows Everything."
In the last two episodes, she has mostly been stagnant (in this past episode 5 she followed up her hilarious Chinese translator from last season with a stangnant reincarnation). So I don't think she's been doing nothing this season (especially with the new and great Gloria Allred and My Brother Knows Best), but she defintely has a ways to go before she can match what she gave us last season (Mahmud's wife, Kim Kardashian multiple times, 2 Bedelia skits, the Chinese translator, and the girlfriend sketch with Andy and Taylor Swift).

So here's the Featured Player rank...

1. Nasim Pedrad - The Cold Opening wasn't much special, but she's got an extra year under her belt, and Gloria Allred and My Brother Knows Best were great steps in the right direction this season (but nothing the last two episodes).

2. Jay Pharoah - Jay will probably get bumped up to Regular Player next season. He's hitting hard every other episode, and it's leaving an impression. This episode, he was the MVP with Denzel Washington, Kanye West, and Nick Cannon (so the boring offerings from the other cast members only served to make Jay look better this episode). He still needs to bust out characters to win more people over though.

3. Vanessa Bayer - She mostly fell flat with her three leads this episode (the dating game bit, the child actress bit, and the cruise ship passenger--her part was stale), which makes me wonder about her talents. Her Miley Cyrus in episode 2 was amazing, but if she continues at the level that she was at during this episode, she might not be back next season. If she can put out material as great as the Miley Cyrus Show a few more times, she'll at least make it to her second season as a featured player (which is what Bobby, Abby, Nasim, and most successful players do; I think Adam Sandler was featured for 3 seasons before he won over the audience and graduated to regular player).

4. Paul Brittain - Paul has already said "Live From New York" and had the Sex Ed character. But Paul needs more impressions and characters quick. He hasn't done enough to warrant a second season yet. Paul has only led in 2 skits in 1 episode.

5. Taran Killam - Unfortunately that puts Taran in last place, even though he rocked our world with his Pee Wee Herman (Back to the Future DVD). Taran is filling in roles well, but he needs to headline some skits quick, or he won't come back next season. I'm a big Taran fan (from Scrubs and other efforts), and I think he can do great impressions and characters, but he needs to get in there and go big spon (and often).

And here is how I'd rank the Featured Players in this episode:

1. Jay Pharoah - Denzel Washington, Kanye West, and Nick Cannon. Jay was the night's MVP, even more so than Andy, Kristen, and the others.

2. Vanessa Bayer - Although her three attempts at leading mostly fell flat, she had a few good jokes like setting up the Cruise Ship joke (for Seth and Fred) and the cribs joke (on the MTV commercial). The episode was so bad that these little jokes still added up for more humor than the other featured players achieved.

3. Taran Killam - Dancing security guard on Manuel Ortiz, and he played Chris Pine opposite Jay's Denzel. I think being associated with Jay's Denzel gave him the boost in this episode, but it's not enough and he was still overshadowed by Jay's performance.

4. Nasim Pedrad - Her second go at the Chinese translator, and she was a girlfriend on the Manuel Ortiz show.

5. Paul Brittain - Just a little support this episode.



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Updated the Andy Samberg SNL Promos

We updated the Andy SNL Promos.

So we added a tag called "Videos SNL Promos" that you can view here (or click on it when you see it):


Next, we updated the link list on the right of the SNL Promo videos. So you can find the list at any time and click any promo to watch it. Here's the list...

Andy & Emma Stone

Andy & Amy Poehler

Andy & Gabourey Sidibe

Andy & Jennifer Lopez

Andy & Charles Barkley

Andy & Blake Lively

Andy & January Jones

Andy & Megan Fox

Andy & Justin Timberlake

Andy & The Rock

Andy & Steve Martin

Andy & Paul Rudd

Andy & Anne Hathaway

Andy & Shia Lebeouf

Andy & Ashton Kutcher

Andy & Ellen Page

Andy & Seth Rogan

Andy & Drew Barrymore

Andy & Ludacris

Andy & Jamie Pressly

Andy & Scarlett Johansson

And you can find the links on the right ----->

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anne Hathaway SNL promo (with Bill Hader)

Anne Hathaway hosts an all-new SNL Nov. 20 with musical guest Florence + the Machine.

I loved the Zombie and vommit gags at the end! Totally Andy-worthy! The dudes must have been involved. Great job!

What do you want to see Anne do with Andy?


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Andy Samberg on the Manuel Ortiz Show (SNL)

Manuel tries to get to the bottom of some infidelity among friends and settles it with a paternity test.

Andy's got the best dancing here, followed closely by Taran. Wiig works over the crowd well with a slow and then fast dance. I think the gag of slowing and speeding up the music is what saved this and made it different enough than the last version.

What's interesting is that Fred has had three different styles of Spanish shows that he has made fun of over the years.

Did you think this was funny?


Monday, November 15, 2010

Andy Samberg is Mario Lopez in MTV Pregnancy Shows (SNL)

MTV, the network that brought you '16 and Pregnant', has a new maternity-inspired lineup of shows.

Hahaha. I was amused by this one. Not enough of Andy or Bobby, and the crowd around Scarlett had painful acting, but mostly good gags (loved the Vanessa Cribs gag).

Did you like any of these? Too short?


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Andy Samberg in Middle School Kids (SNL)

Middle School Kids

Positive messages from teachers motivate the kids to help Marvin try to walk with a broken knee.

Ouch. This wasn't funny at all. Did you think it was funny?

Check out the very end. It's hard to tell, but it kind of seems like none of them were overly happy when it was over, and Kenan was kind of wanting to get out of there... sort of like they knew how bad it was.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Andy Samberg in the SNL Digital Short - What Was that?

The winners of a Model UN competition address the General Assembly with Arcade Fire.

Hmmm. This is an interesting short here with Arcade Fire. Not all that funny. My guess is that it got cut after Dress Rehearsal, and so they immediately put it on the net. One way to find out if it makes the show tonight.

What did you think?


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

SNL Promo - Scarlett Johansson (with Jason)

Scarlett Johansson hosts an all new SNL with musical guest Arcade Fire.

Classic Jason humor. I like the Iron Man 2 gag. Any favorites here?

What do you want to see this week with Andy and Scarlett?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reviews of Andy Samberg's Mark Zuckerberg impression

Here's the video again of Andy doing his impression:

First review...

Mark Zuckerberg must have friends at NBC.

The billionaire founder of Facebook showed up on "Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update as a character played by Andy Samberg, an appearance that cemented the real Zuckerberg's new status as a pop-culture phenom.

Anchor Seth Meyers asked the Zuckerberg character whether he'd gone to see "The Social Network," the controversial film about his company's founding written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher.

"What? Don't be ridiculous, I'm 26, I stole it online."

Meyers asked Zuckerberg if he created Facebook just to meet girls?

"Gee, let me think...Of course I did! Why does anyone do anything?"

Is it true that Zuckerberg only had friend in college?

"I had three friends because parents count."

So it's not true that Zuckerberg was a loser who created Facebook to have a social life?

"I invented Facebook, Seth. I didn't invent getting successful to meet girls. ... Please, you don't think that Aaron Sorkin doesn't mention the 'West Wing' on dates?"

The Zuckerberg character also copped to donating $100 million to help Newark public schools to counteract the publicity from the opening of "The Social Network." And he complained about the casting of the movie, in which Justin Timberlake plays founding president Sean Parker and Jesse Eisenberg plays Zuckerberg.

"That's like saying, 'Hey we're making a movie about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Steve, you are going to be played by Brad Pitt, and Bill, you are going to be played by a cardboard box with glasses glued to it.'"

The Zuckerberg character did admit one regret: Poking.

"Poking is creepy and lame. Getting an e-mail that your dad poked you is an enormous bummer," he said. "For that I apologize."

The real-life Zuckerberg shared the video on Facebook. The movie that portrays him in a negative light seems to be having a very positive effect on his public image. The low-key 26-year-old who created the world's most popular social networking service had largely avoided the spotlight until the release of "The Social Network" made that impossible. With an appearance on "The Simpsons" and now [an impression on] "Saturday Night Live," Zuckerberg may get the last laugh.


And now the second review is short but sweet...

No dig on Jesse Eisenberg or his awesome performance in The Social Net, but: Based on this clip, isn’t Andy Samberg a better Zuck?

And here's the clip of the real Zuck:

Watch live video from Startup School on Justin.tv


What do you think? Do you agree with these reviews?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Andy Samberg & TLI promoting Vodka (yes they're still together)

So all of TLI (Andy, Jorma, and Akiva) are still together, even though Jorma has left SNL. My guess is Jorma is going to be working on editing this vodka gig (as well Akiva), and that he's also working hard on their second album. I think he's come to realize that there is a place for TLI with money and creative control outside of SNL, and he's going for it.

Andy has a great quote here:

Andy Samberg [said,] "Anyone who's seen our videos knows we're fancy guys, so we said yes. And they also gave us a bunch of ROKK Vodka, which we enjoy drinking with our mouths."

Thanks to Anony for this scoop...

ROKK Vodka Appoints The Lonely Island as 'Creative Directors,' Showing Even Award Winning Vodka Shouldn't Take Itself Too Seriously

Comedy Troupe Behind Internet Sensation "I'm On a Boat" To Develop Digital Content for Diageo's New Swedish Vodka

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ROKK Vodka, imported Swedish vodka from Diageo, announced today that they have selected The Lonely Island, the creative minds behind the Grammy-nominated track and viral video "I'm On a Boat," as "Creative Directors" for the brand. In this role, The Dudes – comprised of comedians Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – will be responsible for the brand's consumer engagement, which includes creating digital material to market the brand and help introduce ROKK, the premium priced, freeze filtered vodka.

"Most people ask us to just make videos, but Diageo asked us to be Creative Directors, which sounded fancier," said Lonely Island member and actor, Andy Samberg. "Anyone who's seen our videos knows we're fancy guys, so we said yes. And they also gave us a bunch of ROKK Vodka, which we enjoy drinking with our mouths."

A brand inspired by the bold spirit of the Vikings, ROKK stands out from other vodkas on the shelf and has specifically chosen The Lonely Island to help bring that bold and edgy personality to consumers. As Creative Directors, they will have the freedom to creatively market ROKK, including the development of original content and videos that will engage consumers in a humorous manner, while still adhering to the brand's commitment to social responsibility.

"We could have chosen to work with a traditional advertising agency, but wanted to do something totally different when it came to marketing ROKK Vodka," said Adam Rosen, Brand Director - Vodka. "We had a list of one when it came to who we wanted to lead ROKK Vodka's creative team, and couldn't be more excited that The Lonely Island said 'yes!' Working with Jorma, Akiva and Andy has been amazing, as they are not only ridiculously talented, but they also know exactly what ROKK Vodka's consumers want to see."

The Lonely Island's first creative execution will be a ROKK video short, slated to debut in late November on the ROKK Vodka Facebook page, with additional content being unveiled throughout the year.



Monday, November 08, 2010

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Justin Timberlake on the Andy Samberg "Junk in a Box" short

Justin Timberlake had this to say in his "Social Network" media visits...

On the song "[Junk] in a Box" from Saturday Night Live

"The weird thing about the digital shorts that I've done with Andy [Samberg] and the Lonely Island guys is that we wrote this song in a delirium of no sleep on a Wednesday or Thursday of the week. We recorded it that night, and we were laughing so hysterically — and probably through the delirium of trying to write something so funny, this came out of it. We knew it would be funny on some level, because we were laughing with each other on the Friday we filmed the video. And then on Saturday they edited it, and Saturday night it was put out on television. ... We weren't parodying anyone in particular. I think the style in which we were doing the song was early-'90s R&B, so when we had that as a basis, we said, 'How ridiculous can we make this?' Because then at that point, it's just about making it as funny as possible."

Read more:

I find it ironic that Justin was in Social Network and Andy did an impression of a person characterized in Social Network. What do you think?


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Nasim Pedrad and Kristen Wiig get felt up in the Vincent Price Halloween Special (SNL)

Vincent has some special guests stop by his haunted house to celebrate Halloween.

Vincent Price's Halloween Special

Jon Hamm ... John F. Kennedy
Fred Armisen ... Liberace
Bill Hader ... Vincent Price
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Candy DeCenzo
Kristen Wiig ... Judy Garland

The audience is mostly not laughing here until the sex jokes came in. Wow.

And yes, Jon Hamm feels up Kristen and Nasim's breasts, though he has a better... um... handle on Nasim. Wow. I think this is the third time Kristen's got felt up on SNL.

Who writes skits like this? Fred certainly seems to be having a lot of fun with it.

And the ending gag with Liberace's sausage. Wow.

No Andy here, but this is definitely disturbing/interesting SNL news.


Friday, November 05, 2010

Andy Samberg going to the Emma Stone SNL afterparty

Guests stop by the SNL afterparty to hang out with the cast and host Easy A's Emma Stone.

October 23, 2010


Andy Samberg as Nicholas Cage in "Back to the Future DVD" (SNL)

Update: Adding video of just the skit (so you don't have to get through the full episode to watch it). Originally posted 11/3/10.

Commercial - Back To The Future 25th Anniversary DVD

Fred Armisen ... Prince
Paul Brittain ... director (voice)
Abby Elliott ... Joan Cusack
Bill Hader ... Alan Alda
Steve Higgins ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... Pee-Wee Herman
Taran Killam ... Gilbert Gottfried
Andy Samberg ... Nicolas Cage
Kenan Thompson ... Bill Cosby

Here it is:

Originally the video clip wasn't available by itself, so you had to watch it in the full episode at 25 minutes. And you'll be glad if you check out the first version of this commercial at 18 minutes (they had so many great impressions that they broke it into two skits). The one at 18 minutes includes Jon Hamm as Robin Williams and Jay Pharoah as Eddie Murphy (those were the most hilarious impressions, but Kristen Wiig's Jennifer Tilly was also impressive).

So Andy's Nicholas Cage isn't anything new. The shtick is funnier when he's wielding a sword or the consitution or something in the modern versions of this skit. I would have liked more jokes/references to his 80s performances. One interesting bit is that Andy's Cage cry at the end is the exact same as his Shy Ronnie cry, "Ahah!"

This is Andy's fourth impression of Nicholas Cage. His first was on 11.07.2009 on The View skit. My favorite was his 01.09.2010 portrayal on Weekend Update. Jimmy Fallon also did Cage on Jeopardy on 03.20.1999, but that was the only time Fallon did Cage, so it wasn't as successful as Andy's attempts.

This is how I'd rank the impressions in this skit:

1. Bill Hader ... Alan Alda - Wow. Bill Hader just strings this out and makes it funny. This is all Bill here. It wouldn't have been so funny if it wasn't so long and clever. Who would have thought an Alan Alda impression would be the funniest?
2. Taran Killam ... Pee-Wee Herman - Very impressive. This won over the audience. Pee-Wee has only been done on SNL in 1984 and 1985 (both by Mary Gross).
3. Kenan Thompson ... Bill Cosby - Kenan is great at Cosby, and the tone/laugh at the end really seals this.
4. Taran Killam ... Gilbert Gottfried - Funny, but it would have been better with more layers/jokes.
5. Abby Elliott ... Joan Cusack - Amazing impression, but not funny.
6. Andy Samberg ... Nicolas Cage - Again, not Andy's best Cage. It could've used more 80's references rather than a "wait 25 years" joke.
7. Fred Armisen ... Prince - Very funny, but not much of an impression. Fred just walked off. An easy joke.

Here's the first part of this skit (it was shown in two parts because they had so many good impressions):

And then the overall rank, including the version in the video above:

1. Jon Hamm ... Robin Williams
2. Bill Hader ... Alan Alda
3. Taran Killam ... Pee-Wee Herman
4. Jay Pharoah ... Eddie Murphy
5. Kenan Thompson ... Bill Cosby
6. Kristen Wiig ... Jennifer Tilly
7. Bill Hader ... Al Pacino
8. Taran Killam ... Gilbert Gottfried
9. Abby Elliott ... Joan Cusack
10. Andy Samberg ... Nicolas Cage
11. Bobby Moynihan ... Sam Kinison
12. Fred Armisen ... Prince

Agree? Disagree? How did you like these impressions?


Thursday, November 04, 2010

Next hosts of SNL - Scarlett Johansson & Anne Hathaway

(Andy as Sanjaya)

We've got a rerun coming this week (Jane Lynch), but we also have two new hosts coming up...

(Andy & Scarlett play the Total Recall Quato monsters that fall in love)

Season 36, Episode 6: Scarlett Johansson/Arcade Fire

Season 36, Episode 7: Anne Hathaway/Florence and the Machine

(Anne as Mary Poppins on SNL)


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Andy Samberg on AJWS (Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller...)

Here's the video! Pretty straight forward.

Andy's on at 2:20.

Judd Apatow and crew wrote and produced it, although you know that the funny comedians (like Jerry, Andy, Sarah, Dane, and Ben) wrote their own jokes. Would have been nice to also have Natalie Portman, Adam Sandler, and more.

Here's the site:

Don Johnson was pretty funny, but Lindsey Lohan's jokes fell flat (she obviously didn't write her own jokes). So far the video's up to 60K views.

Here are the actors:

Dane Cook
Lisa Edelstein
Donald Glover
Gilbert Gottfried
Helen Hunt
Ken Jeong
Don Johnson
Denis Leary
Lindsay Lohan
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
John Mayer
Tracy Morgan
Andy Samberg
Susan Sarandon
Jerry Seinfeld
Sarah Silverman
Sir Patrick Stewart
Ben Stiller
Kiefer Sutherland
Danny Trejo
Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
Brian Williams

In this video, these actors were on SNL:

Gilbert Gottfried
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Tracy Morgan
Andy Samberg
Sarah Silverman
Ben Stiller

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Monday, November 01, 2010

Andy Samberg is a weird guy in Jon Hamm's Monologue (SNL)

The actor who plays Don Draper is starting to think like an ad man in his personal life.

It's a little painful at first, but Andy helps Jon pull it out of lameness with his weird guy. It ends well.

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