Thursday, December 29, 2011

Who has been on SNL the longest?

1. Darrell Hammond (14 seasons; 1995-2009)
2. Al Franken (11 1/2 seasons; 1977-80, 1986, 1987-95) all as a featured player
3. Seth Meyers (10 seasons; 2001-2011)
4. Tim Meadows (9 1/2 seasons; 1991-2000)
5. Kevin Nealon (9 seasons; 1986-1995)
5. Fred Armisen (9 seasons; 2002-2011)
6. Phil Hartman (8 seasons; 1986-1993)
6. Horatio Sanz (8 seasons; 1998-2006)
6. Will Forte (8 seasons; 2002-2010)
6. Keenan Thompson (8 seasons; 2003-2011)
7. Dana Carvey (7 seasons; 1986-1993)
7. Will Ferrell (7 seasons; 1995-2002)
7. Chris Kattan (7 seasons; 1996-2003)
7. Tracy Morgan (7 seasons; 1996-2003)
7. Chris Parnell (7 seasons; 1998-2001, 2002-2006)
7. Rachel Dratch (7 seasons; 1999-2006)
7. Maya Rudolph (7 seasons; 2000-2007)
7. Amy Poehler (7 seasons; 2001-2008)

Who's going to move onto this list or move up the list by the end of this season?

- Seth Meyers (11 seasons; 2001-2012)
- Fred Armisen (10 seasons; 2002-2012)
- Keenan Thompson (9 seasons; 2003-2012)
- Jason Sudeikis (7 1/2 seasons; 2005-2012)
- Andy Samberg (7 seasons; 2005-2012)
- Bill Hader (7 seasons; 2005-2012)
- Kristen Wiig (7 seasons; 2005-2012)

So those who are still on the show and are currently on this list (they're slowly making their way up it) are Keenan Thompson, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers.

Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis will likely not get 8 seasons (they have all had successful films or other projects). Fred also might leave SNL, since his Portlandia series got renewed.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Next SNL Hosts: Charles Barkley & Daniel Radcliffe

Episode 713 - "Charles Barkley"
Musical Guest: Kelly Clarkson
Date: January 7, 2012

Barkley has hosted twice before. First, on September 25, 1993, he hosted with Nivana as the musical guest.

Second, on January 9, 2010, he promoted his career change into becoming a sports announcer.

Now Charles Barkley is back (likely he was a pleasant variety from the other hosts, so they welcomed him back).

Episode 714 - "Daniel Radcliffe"
Musical Guest: Lana Del Rey
Date: January 14, 2012

This is Daniel's first appearance on SNL. Daniel is of course Harry Potter from the hit film series. I'm surprised he hasn't hosted until after the series.

Daniel's next movie he's promoting is Woman in Black, where he's a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Looks like it's set in the 1800s.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Andy Samberg, Jimmy Fallon, & Michael Buble - SNL Promo

In case you missed it, here's a promo from the last episode. This one has Jimmy Fallon, Andy, and Buble in it.

Did you like it?


Monday, December 26, 2011

Behind the Scenes of SNL's Best Friends Digital Short: Andy Samberg, Matt Damon, Katy Perry, & Val Kilmer

Matt Damon, dressed up as a homeless person, and Andy Samberg for "Saturday Night Live" in NYC. Damon could be seen wearing a dirty beanie, trench coat, and fake dirty teeth.

Thanks to X-Tina Smith for the scoop!

Katy Perry films scenes with Matt Damon and Andy Samberg for "Saturday Night Live" in NYC. Katy Perry wore a pig tail wig.

Andy and Matt are so serious while listening to direction in this next photo:

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Classic Andy - Andy Samberg's Emmy Speech

This is classic, for when Andy Samberg, TLI, and Justin Timberlake won an Emmy for Junk in a Box. Andy and Jorma have some great jokes here!

Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Andy Samberg - behind the scenes of 7 Minutes in Heaven

Here's a photo found by X-tina Smith:

Andy's laughing while he's eating! Classic!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Andy Samberg is Matt Prater in Locker Room (SNL)

Sketch - Locker Room

Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... Tim Tebow
Jay Pharoah ... player
Andy Samberg ... Matt Prater
Jason Sudeikis ... Jesus
Kenan Thompson ... player

After yet another amazing Denver Broncos victory, Jesus stops by to to ask Tim Tebow to start playing better earlier in games.

What do you think of Jason Sudeikis' Jesus? I think it's interesting that Jason also played Satan (much more famously, in fact; 4 times on Weekend Update).


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Andy Samberg is Franz Liebsch in Beethoven: Ode To Joy (SNL)

Sketch - Beethoven: Ode To Joy

Jimmy Fallon ... Ludwig van Beethoven
Chris Kattan ... Octo Olrich
Horatio Sanz ... Victor Heinz
Fred Armisen ... Casper Niles
Vanessa Bayer ... castrato
Paul Brittain ... Rolf "The Hitman" Hitler
Abby Elliott ... castrato
Bill Hader ... Gayhard Munch
Taran Killam ... Gregor Lindt
Bobby Moynihan ... Voldemort Robin
Nasim Pedrad ... castrato
Andy Samberg ... Franz Liebsch
Jason Sudeikis ... Herman Frump
Kenan Thompson ... B.B. King
Kristen Wiig ... Triangle Sally

Ludwig van Beethoven takes a minute to thank the musicians who make his masterpieces possible.

It looks like Franz is going to die soon. =^)

Well it looks like they were having a lot of fun with this. Pretty much everyone is in this (except Jay Pharoah).


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Andy Samberg in the War Horse (SNL)

Sketch - War Horse

Jimmy Fallon ... Jack Jacobson
Paul Brittain ... announcer (voice)
Bill Hader ... audience member
Taran Killam ... actor
Andy Samberg ... Frank Densby
Jason Sudeikis ... actor
Kenan Thompson ... puppeteer
Kristen Wiig ... audience member

Theatere goers are slightly confused by the production of War Horse.

Hahahaha! So silly. Andy's in the first part and then bows at the end. Jimmy can dance!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Andy Samberg is Maxwell in Lilia's 1920s Party (SNL)

Sketch - Holiday Party

Jimmy Fallon ... Freggie
Fred Armisen ... guest
Abby Elliott ... guest
Bill Hader ... guest
Andy Samberg ... Maxwell
Kristen Wiig ... Lilia

Party hosts feel compelled to sing and dance holiday tunes despite the lack of requests.

Andy's Maxwell plays lovely songs as Lilia and Freggie don't sing and dance.

The first time Kristen did this Lilia character was on 01.30.2010 with Jon Hamm. Here's a pic:

So they're adding another layer to this sketch with Jimmy's Freggie character.

Andy nails the accent!


Monday, December 19, 2011

BONUS: Weekend Update Joke Off - Jimmy Fallon + Tina Fey VS Seth Meyers + Amy Poehler

Weekend Update

Seth Meyers
Jimmy Fallon
Amy Poehler
Tina Fey

Former anchors Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler stop by Weekend Update for an old fashioned Joke Off with Seth.

Jimmy's doing some historic things this episode, including a 2 VS 2 Weekend Update Joke Off! This is so legendary that the crowd couldn't stop cheering when they realized that four of their favorite SNL comedians and Weekend Update alumni were all in this bit together!


Andy Samberg is Nicholas Cage with Jude Law (SNL Weekend Update)

Weekend Update

Seth Meyers
Jude Law
Andy Samberg ... Nicolas Cage
Paul Brittain ... director

Nicholas Cage grills Jude Law about leaving him out of Jude's new film, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

Ha! Jude Law basically just puts up with Andy here.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jimmy Fallon's Christmas Treat

No Andy, but do you remember when Jimmy was on and did this Christmas performance? Good times! This is the sequel!

The guys are back and are still wishing it was Christmas today.


Jimmy Fallon spits on Andy Samberg! - Jimmy Mirror (SNL)

So let's get to the bad news first. No Digital Short this week, and TLI once again misses a sweet opportunity to do an amazing musical digital short (with Katy Perry and now with Jimmy Fallon).

However, we do get some hilarious bits from Jimmy and Andy.

First, here's Andy doing his Jimmy impression as a mirror bit with the real Jimmy Fallon...

Sketch - Dressing Room: Jimmy Mirror

Jimmy Fallon
Andy Samberg ... Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy has a face-to-face chat with himself in the mirror just prior to going live.

Andy first did his Jimmy Fallon impression on the Late Night show last Christmas when Andy appeared as Jimmy's cousin, Jewey Fallon. This is the first time anyone on SNL has done a Jimmy Fallon impression.

Now my thoughts...

Hahahaha. Andy flubs the Seinfeld impression on purpose. Nice! They both shout out to Justin Timberlake.

Classic spit take!

Funny stuff! What did you like about it?


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Andy Samberg narrates for J-Pop America Fun Time Now! (SNL)

Show - J-Pop America Fun Time Now!

Katy Perry ... Kirstie Davenport
Fred Armisen ... Jonathan's girlfriend
Vanessa Bayer ... Rebecca Stern-Marcowitz-san
Taran Killam ... Jonathan Cavanaugh-san
Andy Samberg ... announcer (voice)
Jason Sudeikis ... Mark Kaufman

Two Japanese culture enthusiasts celebrate their passion on their campus TV channel.

Andy is the announcer, and this is the second time they've done this skit! Classic!


Jimmy Fallon's Grammy gag on SNL

Classic SNL clip: Jmmy Fallon's Grammy nomination sets off some internal visions of grandeur.

In honor of Jimmy hosting tonight!

And here's another Jimmy promo for this week's episode...

Jimmy Fallon hosts an all-new SNL 12/17 with musical guest Michael Buble.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Best of Jimmy Fallon - SNL Tribute

What does SNL do before Jimmy Fallon hosts? They make a video with short clips of Fallon at his best!

Why? To remind us to watch this week of course!

See a batch of Jimmy's best bits from his SNL salad days - then watch him come home to host this Saturday at 11:30/10:30c

Next here are some of his top Weekend Update moments...

A look back at the classic work by Jimmy Fallon on the set of Weekend Update.

Here's part 2:

And here's a classic clip. Jimmy can't stop thinking about a perceived Grammy slight from Tina.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jimmy Fallon & Fred Armisen crank out the SNL promos

Jimmy and Fred go nuts with a ton of SNL promos!

Jimmy Fallon hosts SNL Dec 17, 2011 with musical guest Michael Buble.

The gags continue... with music! Fred and Jimmy are both musicians (Fred was a rock star and Jimmy has always included musical comedy)!

Christmas is Coming:

Facebook Promo:

Jingle Bells:

Santa is Real:


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

GQ Interview with Andy Samberg & TLI

We've shown the photos, and now let's check out the interview!

The GQ&A: The Lonely Island

Okay, okay, the three wise men of viral-video comedy aren't actually releasing a Christmas album—they're just having a little fun in these photos. We chatted with the be-sweatered comedy trio about their special year, Michael Bolton, and their friendship.

Five years ago, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone (33, 33, and 34, respectively) resuscitated a comatose Saturday Night Live with three simple moves. (One, cut a hole in a box...) GQ spoke to the comedy trio about their roots, friendship with Weird Al, and what to throw on the ground, when it comes time to throw things to the ground. Or we just spoke to Akiva. Their voices all sound the same. It's impossible to tell.


GQ: It's going to be really hard for me to determine who's talking.
Jorma Taccone: We'll try to say our names before.
Andy Samberg: You'll know Kiv's baby when you hear her.

GQ: So, you guys have known each other since what, the seventh grade?
Jorma: Too long. This is Jorma. We met in junior high in Berkeley, California at Willard Junior High—I was in Spanish class with Kiv when we were 13 years old. How old were we, Kiv? 13?
Akiva Schaffer: Seventh grade, I was 11, 12?
Jorma: No, were we really? 12, I guess. 12. Holy *. And then we met Andy a year later, because we all went to the same junior high.

GQ: Do you remember exactly how you first became friends?
Jorma: I remember seeing Kiv in particular, because he had a Tony Hawk skater haircut, and I was pretty into that kind of thing.
Andy Samberg: I remember admiring them from afar. This is Andy.

GQ: That's pretty astounding, right? I mean, just most people's seventh grade friends turn out to work at the local gas station; you guys found your soulmates when you were 13.
Akiva: Yeah, we reflect on that often.
Jorma: We do.
Andy: We had other friends too, who might work at gas stations.
Jorma: That was Akiva.
Akiva: That was Andy.
Jorma: Oh man, this is going to be the worst.

GQ: How did the name Lonely Island come about?
Jorm: Kiv?
Akiva: So we were all living together in an apartment on Olympic Boulevard in LA, which is a very busy street. And Jorma, being the theater major, decided to bring home a VHS copy of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but then it just sat there long enough that me and Andy were actually the ones that watched it, and of course it's a great movie: Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. But still, I wanted to still make fun of Jorm for being so theatrical, so I wrote like a one-act spoof play, I guess you'd call it? A Tennessee Williams-style one, where I was going to have Jorma have to refer to our home as an island in the sea of traffic—the lonely island—and be very dramatic about it. Then we started calling the apartment the Lonely Island when we were out, as in: "Want to go back to the Lonely Island?" And our first videos were all in the apartment, the little experimental videos that we were just kind of doing. So they were always set in the apartment, we named the videos the Lonely Island.

GQ: Nice. I really love Turtleneck & Chain. It's great.
Akiva: Like, as a style, or the album?

GQ: Both, I guess. The first song, "We're Back," has a lot of pe*is-not-working-right outposturing each other. And that kind of seems to be a common trope with you guys. Is there a reason?
Andy: Calling it a trope seems to give that joke more—
Akiva: More credence.
Andy: More credence than maybe it deserves.

GQ:Well there's "Ji* in My Pants" of course and "I Just Had Sex," which has a line about lasting only 30 seconds...
Akiva: Okay it's fair to say penile inadequacy is definitely a trend in our stuff, yeah.

GQ: Is that for any reason?
Jorma: We're pretty big into self-deprecation.
Andy: And self-mutilation, am I right, Jorm?
Jorma: Nail on the head, Andy.
Akiva: We're really good at sex. We might be the best ever.
Akiva: That was Andy talking.
Andy: No that was Akiva talking!
Jorma: Spread it around. Be sure to spread that around.
Akiva: I mean, except for the times when we're terrible. Then we're not good. So like, when it's on it's on, you know what I mean?
Jorma: Like Donkey Kong.
Andy: We set the expectations really low in our songs.

GQ: Did you write Jack Sparrow with Michael Bolton in mind?
Andy: He was definitely the first person we wanted for it, yes. We came up with the premise for the song and then I believe Kiv said that the perfect person to do the hook would be Michael Bolton. And then we were basically relentless and didn't sleep until we got him to do it.

GQ: How did you convince him?
Jorma: On the first call he said he wanted to do it, and then it took another handful of calls to actually—
Akiva: There were lyrics he was uncomfortable with.
Jorma: Yes.
Akiva: It was really our charming personalities that put him over the top, though.
Jorma: We broke bread.

GQ: Wait, what were the lyrics that he was uncomfortable with?
Andy: Uh, we can't say that.
Jorma: They were terrible.

GQ: Have you guys ever heard from anyone who was mad you parodied them?
Akiva: I don't think so.
Andy: No, I'm sure they just curse in private.
Jorma: I bet President Mahmoud probably wasn't too keen on his video.
Andy: Oh, yeah. Ahmadinejad, I can say on the record, was probably not psyched on that video.
Jorma: He keeps emailing and emailing.
Andy: His Twitter feed was going crazy that whole day.
Jorma: Yeah. Little does he know, we barely check our email.
Andy: "I thought we were cool!"

GQ: Have you ever met Weird Al?
Akiva: Absolutely.
Jorma: Yeah, we're in definite communication. He sent us a bunch of gear recently.
Akiva: I was emailing with Weird Al last night, no joke.

GQ: Really? About what?
Jorma: It was I, actually.
Akiva: They had a special on Comedy Central of him performing live—
Jorma: He didn't send it to me, Kiv. I'm looking at the Blu-ray now. Is it Comedy Central?
Akiva: Yes.
Jorma: The Al-pocalypse tour, right?
Andy: I don't have kids yet, but I'm pretty sure he's going to perform my future son's bris.

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Thanks to SamJae and X-tina Smith for the scoop!


Andy Samberg is Prince William (SNL with Katy Perry)

Sketch - Royal Pregnancy

Katy Perry ... Pippa Middleton
Fred Armisen ... Queen Elizabeth
Abby Elliott ... Kate Middleton
Bill Hader ... Prince Philip
Taran Killam ... butler
Jay Pharoah ... musician
Andy Samberg ... Prince William
Kenan Thompson ... musician

Queen Elizabeth and Charles pressure Kate Middleton into motherhood and take a liking to her sister, Pippa.

This is the third round of this skit where Fred plays the Queen. Andy has played Prince William in all three skits. Mike Meyers also played the Queen twice.

This skit is offensive or simply unamusing to most British (because it's stereotyping the British), but it's funny to Americans, and so they keep doing it.

Abby makes a great Kate!

What do you think? Funny or an unamusing stereotype?


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Andy Samberg is Rick Santorum in On the Record - SNL Cold Open

Cold Opening - On The Record

Darrell Hammond ... Donald Trump
Bobby Moynihan ... Newt Gingrich
Andy Samberg ... Rick Santorum
Kristen Wiig ... Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren welcomes Donald Trump, with the two candidates he will be moderating in a debate, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

This is mostly a bit between Darrel Hammond's Donald and Kristen's Greta.

The audience likes Andy, but it would be great if he did impressions of a candidate that has a bigger role in these skits.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Andy Samberg is the Spindoctor in Doggie Duty (SNL)

Commercial - Doggie Duty

Katy Perry ... Florence Welch
Fred Armisen ... Randy Newman
Bill Hader ... Clint Eastwood / Narrator
Andy Samberg ... Chris Barron
Jason Sudeikis ... Meat Loaf
Kristen Wiig ... Gwen Stefani

This Christmas, don't miss the adorable tale of twelve dogs selected for jury duty!

"Remember the Spindoctors?"


This is Andy Samberg's and SNL's first impression of Chris Barron.

Personally I think Clint would have been funnier if he said nothing and just conducted the music.

Katy Perry blew it out of the house of course.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

SNL Digital Short: Best Friends - Andy Samberg, Katy Perry, Matt Damon, & Val Kilmer

Andy Samberg had six skits this week, but most were small and weren't starring roles. He only starred in this digital short...

SNL Digital Short - Best Friends

Katy Perry
Matt Damon ... drug addict
Val Kilmer ... brilliant lunatic
Vanessa Bayer ... Amelia Earhart
Nasim Pedrad ... Marilyn Monroe
Andy Samberg

Two friends celebrate the holidays romping around New York City meeting all kinds of interesting people.

Hilarious! Loved all these cameos and characters.

But I can't help but think that this was a waste of teaming up Andy Samberg and Katy Perry. They have both done amazing things, and together... well I expected more than something a little silly and weird like this. It's almost like Jorma or Andy wrote it without thinking about how to fully leverage Andy + Katy together.

Who was Abraham Lincoln? Anyone know? Caesar also looks familiar.

What did you think? A waste of a Katy Perry and Andy Samberg team up or worthy? Do you disagree with me?


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Just watched SNL

I'm on the east coast tonight, so I get SNL a few hours earlier.

It was a little disappointing. Andy and Katie were in a musical digital short, but it wasn't a classic. It was a strange song about being best friends and then it just keeps getting weirder.

Oh, well, let's see if Jimmy Fallon and Andy can pump out a musical digital short classic next week!

This week had guest appearances from Darrell Hammond, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, and Val Kilmer. That was pretty sweet. Alec had the best appearance, where he cleverly covered up hos own mishap that got him in the news (Alec pretended to be a piolot who apologizes to Alec for how he was treated). It's a clever way to subdue bad press for Alec.

Andy wasn't really able to shine this week, but Kristen Wiig had a few chances, especially with her new flirting character. More tomorrow!



SNL Promo - Katy Perry, Robyn, & Stefon

Katy Perry hosts an all-new SNL 12/10 with musical guest Robyn.

New SNL tonight!


Friday, December 09, 2011

Classic Andy - The Legend of Ander's Pants

Before The Lonely Island was on SNL... they were on the Internetz! We've posted this before, but that was years ago and you probably weren't on our site back then!

So here you go...

This is a spoof of "The Legend of Bagger Vance." TLI only did a few straight spoofs like this, including Vanilla Sky.

Thanks to Xtina Smith for reminding us. That's Classic Andy!


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Andy Samberg's "Celeste & Jesse Forever" - will premiere at Sundance!

Celeste and Jesse Forever / U.S.A. (Director: Lee Toland Krieger, Screenwriters: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack) — Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young, and at 30, decide to get divorced but remain best friends while pursuing other relationships. Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts.

See it listed here:

And here are photos from the film!

Good thing we've got stills from an action-packed scene. =^)

Thanks to SamJae for the scoop!


SNL Promo with Katy Perry and Kenan Thompson

Katy Perry hosts an all-new SNL 12/10 with musical guest Robyn.

Uh oh. This might spell bad things ahead.

Psst, Andy Samberg. Musical Digital Short with Katy Perry. Do it NOOOOOOOWWWWW! None of this Boogerman stuff. Give us a Friday spoof or something!


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

We want the Jimmy Fallon SNL episode to have John Goodman and the Don Pardo 9000!

We've said it before, but I've noticed that when you title a blog after a statement and make that your focus, more people are likely to notice it and listen to you. So what's our statement?

During this episode

We want John Goodman to pretend to be a cast member and we want the show announced by Don Pardo 9000!

So those are our requests / polite demands. =^)

Confused why? Well...

Jimmy Fallon successfully prophesied that he would host SNL in December 2011 (he did so in December, 1998) -- Jimmy's on at 2:55:

Or this video here shows the Jimmy part at the beginning:

And as you can see, the gag of including John Goodman on the staff would be a hilarious inside joke (and good for a lot of media press), as would including the Don Pardo 9000. Of course, they could go all the way and get actors to play cast members Drew Adams, Michael Butler, Arianna Cleo, and Kevin Wallarski... but just including John Goodman and the Don Pardo 9000 would probably be enough to sell the joke.

John Goodman was truly the ghost of SNL hosts present because that season (24, 98-99) he cameo'd as Linda Tripp on Sep 26 (Cameron Diaz hosted), Nathan Barnett on Nov 14 (Joan Allen hosted), Tripp on Nov 21 (Jennifer Love Hewitt hosted), and Tripp on May 8 (Cuba Gooding Jr. hosted). He had 6 cameos total that season, and Goodman hosted on April 10 (99) that same season (so 7 appearances that season). And he hosted consequetively in seasons 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 (this 98 season), 25, and 26 (hosting 12 times, total). So that sets the context as to why he was the ghost of SNL hosts present.

John Goodman had 21 total appearances from 89-03, which is more than any other guest during that time period. However, Steve Martin had 24 total appearances (15 hosting), and Alec Baldwin has had 22 total appearances (16 hosting). So John Goodman is third both in total appearances (21) and hosting (12).

Here's how Goodman stacks up for hosting the most:
Alec Baldwin - 16 host
Steve Martin - 15 host
John Goodman - 12 host
Buck Henry - 10 host
Tom Hanks - 8 host
Chevy Chase (SNL Alumnus) - 8 host
Christopher Walken - 7 host
Drew Barrymore - 6 host
Elliott Gould - 6 host
Danny DeVito - 6 host
Bill Murray (SNL Alumnus) - 5 host
Candice Bergen - 5 host
Justin Timberlake - 4 host
Paul Simon - 4 host

So... Jimmy Fallon announced that he's going to host the December 17 episode of Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Michael Buble. It marks Fallon's first time hosting since he left the show in 2004, but fans shouldn't be too surprised to see him back in Studio 8H — not only has he done cameos on the show here and there, but back in 1998, SNL itself announced he'd host right around then. As you can see in the video, Alec Baldwin's monologue from a season 24 episode predicts exactly this: That Jimmy Fallon, as the host of Christmas future in this Christmas Carol riff, will host on December 12, 2011. Most people remember this episode for its Schwetty Balls, but perhaps its prescience will become its new calling card!

That's right! Jimmy Fallon was only 5 days off! (What's the matter, they didn't do their calendar math correctly and pick a date that lands on a Saturday, or did they think it was going to move to Monday and be called MNL instead?)

They obviously weren't thinking (or caring) about getting the date right. They just picked the same date as that episode that Baldwin was hosting (which was on December 12th, 1998).

I actually remember watching this episode back in 98. At this point in time, Jimmy was in his first year on the show (only his third month), he was a featured cast member, and a total noob to the show. So at the time I was skeptical if he would be popular in 2011. But he pulled it off!

However, I was excited about him at that point in time, because of his song during the October 4th episode...

These are the SNL bits he previously had done (at that point in time):

1. September 26, 1998 (Cameron Diaz hosted)
- He played Gilbert Gottfried in a Hollywood Squares bit; I wonder if Fallon's Gottfried is as good as Taran Killam's sweet portrayal

2. October 3, 1998 (Kelsey Grammer hosted)
- Bit roles in a commercial and a Mr. Peepers sketch

3. October 17, 1998 (Lucy Lawless hosted)
- 5 bit roles, including a Steven Tyler impression in a group sketch.

4. October 24th, 1998 (Ben Stiller hosted)
- Adam Sandler on Celebrity Jeopardy (this was memorable and a key bit that got Jimmy on SNL)
- A Jimmy Fallon song on Weekend Update (this was when I really noticed Jimmy and thought he was going further than he ended up going)

5. November 7, 1998 (David Spade hosted)
- Solid Howard Stern and Leonardo DiCaprio impressions in group skits. Actually the Leo impression was a voice during the legendary Kiwi meets Mango sketch (classic).

6. November 14, 1998 (Joan Allen hosted)
- 2 bit roles and solid Marilyn Manson and French Steweart impressions in group sketches.
- He really sold his Jerry Seinfeld impression in Tarmac Talk. So this was noticeable and impressive.

7. November 21, 1998 (Jennifer Love Hewitt hosted)
- 2 bit roles and a Michael Stripe impression in a Celine Dion sketch.

8. December 5, 1998 (Vince Vaughn hosted)
- A hilarious (but brief) Richard Simmons impression in the cold open.
- Lead in "Married Guys" with Will and Vince
- Ghost of John Lennon
- 2 more bit roles.

And then that brings us to the Baldwin episode on 12/12/98.

So while Fallon was proving himself by filling in his impressions (more often than Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam are today, but probably not as well as they are, because the only impressions Fallon had gotten as the center of a bit were his Seinfeld and Lennon), it was relly just his guitar song he did on October 24th where you started to wonder if he was the next Adam Sandler (and he's not, if you're wondering).

So taking all that into consideration, to have Jimmy stand up and say he'd be a hit in 13 years, it was a little gutsy on everybody's part (including the producers). It was funny enough to do anyway, but I remember thinking, "We'll see. If you keep doing song like that one you did and maybe pull out some hit characters like the awesome ones that were hits at the time... Spartans, Dog Show, Goth Talk, Mr. Peepers, Clinton, Celebrity Jeopardy, The View, Ladies Man, Roxbury Guys, Delicious Dish, Antonio Banderas Ah Yes Show, Judge Judy, Culps, Mango, Martha Stewart Living, Harry Caray, Celine Dion, Mary Katherine Gallagher, and Pimp Chat." My personal opinion is that the only bits he had that were worthy of those hits that his teammates had above were Jeffrey's that he did with Ferrell and Sanz and his guitar bits on Weekend Update. Other than those, I don't think he had anything worthy. And I think his movie career echoed that well.

(But to be fair, Shannon, Gasteyer, Oteri, Kattan, and Meadows also never had hit film careers, even though they were amazing on SNL; it takes a unique person like Ferrell or Wiig to transition from SNL to a hit film career... or Meyers, Murphy, Chase, Murray, Sandler, etc.)

That said, I think Fallon could have found a niche to be popular by being on a sitcom (maybe) or by hosting a Today Show, which is what he did when he accidentally took over Conan's spot (it was on purpose, but it was done with Conan's blessing at the time). And the only reason why Fallon is hosting is because he now has a hit show (Late Night). Just in time to host when he predicted (which is obviously the reason why they picked that date for him).

Now it seems like I'm ragging on Fallon, but Andy's in the same bucket that Fallon was in on SNL. Maybe Andy's in a better bucket because his shorts are so popular, but Andy doesn't really have any awesome skits like the ones I listed above (only a small handful exist, and Andy's digital shorts are definitely among the hits).

What do you think? What do you want Andy and Fallon to do together on SNL?



Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Andy Samberg & Emma Stone cry to Adele's "Someone Like You"

Adele's Someone like you skit SNL S37E06 Emma Stone Coldplay

Sometimes you just need to cry!!!

This wasn't previously posted because it uses the song. Leave a comment when/if this video is removed. We'll then remove it from the post.

Obviously written by Nasim. Women find this hilarious. Do you? =^)


Monday, December 05, 2011

Andy Samberg in the Steve Buscemi SNL Monologue


Steve Buscemi
Abby Elliott ... Roz
Bill Hader ... Tex
Bobby Moynihan ... guy
Nasim Pedrad ... grandma
Jay Pharoah ... judge
Andy Samberg ... guy
Kenan Thompson ... Chance
Kristen Wiig ... girl

Steve, who has flourished as the leading man in "Boardwalk Empire," gives advice to actors who always play auxiliary characters.

Andy Samberg is the guy who always loses the girl! Take a look at that guy sitting behind Andy and to our left of Andy. That guy completely loses it on Andy's last line there.

Unfortunately Andy was only in two skits this week (Batman and this monologue). Andy isn't really writing much for himself nowadays (except the digital shorts), so this usually just means the writers weren't thinking about Andy (and the other cast pitched in their bits).

Do you think Andy and the writers should try to write more material for Andy or give the other players a shot (like they did in this episode)?


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Andy Samberg is Batman (and naked - SNL Digital Short)

Film - SNL Digital Short: Batman Steve

Buscemi ... Jim
Paul Brittain ... Aquaman
Andy Samberg ... Batman
Jason Sudeikis ... doctor
Kristen Wiig ... wife

Commissioner Gordon can't seem to shake that Batman, who's starting to show up at the most unusual times.

Hahahahaha! That's hilarious! What do you think?

Andy has to do more Batman and put that costume to use! Plus Paul's Aquaman is funny. Bring that stuff back!


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Andy Samberg & Steve Buscemi - SNL Promo

Andy Samberg joins Steve Buscemi for the SNL promo.

SNL Promo: Steve Buscemi and The Black Keys

Steve Buscemi hosts an all-new SNL 12/3 with musical guest, The Black Keys.

I like the vibe joke at the end. But it's not an editing masterpiece like some of Andy's SNL promos.

Check out SNL tonight to see some Andy goodness!


Friday, December 02, 2011

Andy Samberg gets his second Grammy Nomination!

In review, Andy Samberg has 1 Emmy, 6 Emmy noms, and now 2 Grammy noms!

Is this a new Grammy category?

The Lonely Island's "Turtleneck and Chain" was nominated for Best Comedy Album in the 2012 GRAMMYs! The other nominees in their category are:

Weird Al Yankovic for "Alpocalypse"
Patton Oswalt for "Finest Hour"
Louis C.K. for "Hilarious"
Kathy Griffin for "50 & Not Pregnant"

So while The Dudes will be squaring off against some of the funniest gentlemen and gentle-ladies in comedy, the show isn't until February 12, 2012 — the year the world ends.

Thanks to Xtina Smith & SamJae for the scoop! From:

Don't believe us? Check it out here at the Grammy's site:


Thursday, December 01, 2011

Steve Buscemi and Bill Hader - SNL Promo

Steve Buscemi and Bill Hader promote the next live episode of SNL!

Bill Hader and Steve Buscemi get some direction from the Siri app for this week's Facebook promo...

Should be an interesting episode of SNL this week!

Andy has only had one musical digital short this season, so everyone is hoping he'll bust another one out. However, I'm hoping that he'll at least have one amazing musical digital short for us with Jimmy Fallon. The potential is huge.


Happy Birthday to Akiva Schaffer!

Akiva Schaffer (born December 1, 1977) is an American writer for Saturday Night Live, a film director, songwriter, and a member of The Lonely Island, a sketch-comedy troupe that first found success on the Internet, which includes SNL cast member Andy Samberg and SNL writer Jorma Taccone. He majored in film at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Akiva is 34 today!

Here's Akiva with his wife, Liz Cackowski (they have one child):

Akiva has won one Emmy (in 2007 for Junk in a Box), he's received 10 total Emmy nominations (4 for writing on SNL, and was nominated for writing Junk in a Box, Motherlover, Shy Ronnie, I Just Had Sex, The Golden Rule, and Jack Sparrow. Akiva was nominated (with TLI) for a Grammy in 2009 for "I'm on a Boat". He has also won three Writers Guild awards and a Peabody award for writing on SNL. 1 Emmy, 10 Emmy noms, and a Grammy nom... not bad, Akiva & TLI!

Akiva looking suave with SNL head writer Seth Meyers at the launch party for Lucid Absinthe at The Back Room in NYC on October 3, 2007:

He's wearing sunglasses over his regular glasses!

June, 2009 with Andy and Rashida Jones:

Happy Birthday, Akiva! And remember...

You're a winner!

Thanks to SamJae for the tip!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Andy Samberg - interviewed at the Mark Twain awards in new glasses

Washington Post Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney hits the red carpet to chat with Conan O'Brien, Andy Samberg, Jack Black and Paul Rudd, among other celebrities, who gathered at the Kennedy Center to honor Will Ferrell, the recipient of the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Or watch the video here:

Thanks to SamJae for the scoop! SamJae says:

Andy get interviewed in what appears to be different glasses!

Also, while Tim Meadows is being interviewed, you can see Andy and Joanna enter the building in the background!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kenan Thompson married a model - Christina Evangeline

Thanks to Xtina Smith for the scoop!

I guess if you're a lovable goofball on a hit show (his third hit show, mind you), than yeah, a model will marry you...

Christina Evangeline is a model and, as of June 2011, now Mrs. Kenan Thompson. The two got married in the Arctic Room of the George Aquarium in Atlanta. Good for Kenan. Christina is definitely ”all that.”

Christina tweeted these photos from their wedding:

They got married at Sea World???? Check these three photos out...

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Lonely Island Neff Shirts (win a trip to New York)

Thanks to SamJae for this scoop!

The Lonely Island and the clothing brand Neff have joined forces to collaborate on several badass t-shirt designs. These t-shirts are now available exclusively through Zumiez stores and website!

Check out all of the designs below!

Oh, and Zumiez is running a contest where you can WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO MEET THE DUDES in NYC as well as a bunch of other stuff!!! They're also picking a winner each week to receive a Neff and TLI Prize pack, and who doesn't like free stuff? No one. That's who. So get on it and enter now! The Dudes wanna meet you!

Contest ends soon (Dec 5):


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Miley Cyrus joins Andy Samberg in "Hotel Transylvania"

Thanks to SamJae for the scoop!

Miley Cyrus to voice Adam Sandler's daughter in 'Hotel Transylvania' -- FIRST LOOK

Dracula, meet your daughter, Miley Cyrus. EW reports that the multi-hyphenate is joining the all-star cast of Sony Picture Animation’s Hotel Transylvania as the ├╝ber-vamp’s teenage daughter Mavis. Adam Sandler is voicing the famous blood-sucker, who builds the titular resort for all manner of monsters (and their families) as a way of keeping Mavis from venturing out into the real world. Things get tricky after a regular guy (voiced by Andy Samberg) ends up at the hotel.

Check out an exclusive first look at Cyrus’ character below:

Cyrus will be in some great comic company, too. Among the actors playing the various horror-story creatures checking into the Hotel: Kevin James (Frank, i.e. Frankenstein), Fran Drescher (Eunice, i.e. Bride of Frankenstein), David Spade (Griffin, the Invisible Man), David Koechner (Quasimodo), Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy), and Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon as a pair of werewolves with an overwhelmingly large litter.

Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) is directing the film, which will hit theaters Sept. 21, 2012.


Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky ("Samurai Jack," "Dexter's Laboratory").

The film is officially described as follows:

"Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here's a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis."

Read more:


So Sandler and Samberg go from father and son (Donny's Boy / I Hate You Dad) to father and daughter's boyfriend (Hotel Transylvania).

Thanks again to SamJae.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Andy Samberg, TLI, & Michael Bolton - Nominated for a Best Collaboration Award

Thanks to Xtina Smith for the scoop!

The Lonely Island & Michael Bolton are nominated for the 2011 Virgin Media Music Awards: Best Collaboration.

Cast your vote here:

They're not doing so hot (only 2.5%). The top runners are Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennett, Nicki Minaj & Rihanna, Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera, and Katy Perry & Kanye West.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Cute Cruel's Top 10 Saturday Night Live Cast Members

As a warning, this was written by someone (Cute Cruel) who is obviously young and hasn't been watching SNL very long. The earliest player in this list is Jimmy Fallon, so it's a narrow perspective on SNL. That said, it's beautiful and fun, so enjoy!

#1: kristen wiig

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be in this cast. I feel like, in some way, we were all sort of out in the world and found each other.”

#2: bill hader

“People ask me, ‘Did you always want to be on SNL’? No, actually, it never crossed my mind.
It didn’t even seem possible. It would’ve been like saying, ‘Hey, do you wanna go to the moon’?”

#3: seth meyers

“The regenerative qualities of [SNL] are amazing. You drag yourself in on Monday, but then the adrenaline kicks in. The thing about having a host is that you can’t just say, ‘I’ll do this one next week’—because it might
be John Malkovich. What are you going to do—miss a chance to write for Malkovich?”

#4: tina fey

“I was the first female head writer at SNL. It’s very fun to be a writer at SNL,
but it’s more fun to do both (co-anchoring the Weekend Update). On Update, you look like yourself,
and every week you say, ‘Hi, this is me.’ So it’s career-changing.”

#5: amy poehler

“The minute you get on this show, you have to be ready for every single person in America to share their opinions with you because they feel like they own the show—and they do. They own it as much as you do. Everybody feels like they can tell you what sucks now and what was great then.”

#6: jimmy fallon

“I’m twenty-seven and I look thirty. Because I don’t sleep anymore. I feel like I’m getting older fast. That’s one thing they don’t tell you about the job. You hear stories from other cast members like, ‘Hey man, good luck. Hang in there, ‘cause this place will kill you.’”

#7: andy samberg

“My audition for SNL was very silly. You’re supposed to do impressions and characters, and I basically had none. So I did a lot of stand-up and tried to show how I was a dumb@$$.”

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