Saturday, April 30, 2011

Andy Samberg in the "What's Your Number?" Trailer

What's Your Number?

Or view it here:

It looks like Andy's only on briefly, but he's pretty funny. Hopefully Andy will get more supporting roles like this!


Friday, April 29, 2011

Andy Samberg Wants To Special Order a “Bejeweled Chastity Belt”

Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom are still together this week! I know you want to constantly know, so now you do! They were seen at a diamond collection on Wednesday.

Former CFDA fashion funder Irene Neuwirth debuted her first ever diamond collection on April 27th at Barneys...

Unfortunately, no Andy pics:

Several of Neuwirth’s super hip celebrity friends were on hand to help her celebrate her “couture moment” including Michelle Williams, Joanna Newsom, Busy Phillips, Harvey Weinstein and SNL‘s Andy Samberg. If you read Andy Samberg and thought, “Wha? What’s he doing there?” he goes way back with Neuwirth–all the way back to what he called “unofficial Jew camp” (that, and he dates Newsom). Neuwirth confirmed “It was called Camp Skylight.”

But Samberg is also a fan of Neuwirth’s creations, so much so that he told us he’s special ordered a “bejeweled chastity belt, mission impossible style.” Wonder how Newsom feels about that…



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why doesn't The Lonely Island do a summer tour?

Answer: Because they're so busy!

At first thought it might make sense for The Lonely Island to go on a tour for the summer, since they're on a break from SNL. But Andy Samberg's just starting to get regular supporting roles in movies (What's Your Number, Friends with Benefits, and The Hand Job), and he's got his first starring role coming up in an Adam Sandler film (I Hate You, Dad), so you know it's going to be a hit!

Akiva's been talking about directing another film. What I would love to see is if The Lonely Island had a TV show or a feature film they were cooking up on their own.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rayannas videos of Andy Samberg & TLI

You can view the playlist here:

Or watch them here!

This was her first video that we already showed:

Rayanna says:

Sorry, it can be shaky at times. I was nervous and extremely excited... wouldn't you be?

The Lonely Island at Amoeba In Berkeley

These last two are short clips:

Thanks to Rayanna for uploading all these vids and letting us know (and for sharing the previous posts we made about her experience)!

What was your favorite part of this Q&A panel?


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Andy Samberg voices Sprint commercial

Sprint - All. Together. Now.

Unlimited is good. And thanks to Sprint, you can talk, text and post as much as you want. For no extra cost. So go ahead world, Unlimit yourself. Sprint. America's Favorite 4G Network.

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Turtleneck & Chains lunchbox and posters!

Get your Turtleneck & Chains stuff!

The Lonely Island collectible lunchbox features Turtleneck & Chain album artwork. Lunchbox w/ Thermos will ship June/July.

Lunchbox w/ Thermos - $34.99

• Autographed 180 gram gatefold vinyl w/digital download card
+ DVD featuring 9 music videos from The Lonely Island
+ 24"x36" folded "Ghost Butt-sters" poster
• Your choice of one movie 27" x 40" poster printed on premium paper with gloss sheen

$20 - Your choice of one 27" x 40" movie poster printed on premium paper with gloss sheen: The Lonely Island, Ghost Butt-sters, or Trouble On Dookie Island

Purchase here:

Thanks to Rayanna for the scoop!


Andy Samberg podcast - Nerdist

Thanks to Amy for the scoop!

Nerdist Podcast #79: ANDY SAMBERG
by Chris Hardwick

Andy Samberg

Cross-platform alert! I wrote the cover story for the May issue of WIRED which is an interview with Samberg about the evolution of comedy in the Digital Age. While the magazine just plucked a snippet of our chattings, THIS IS THE FULL UNEDITED AUDIO! Just for you! You can see some of it with your eyes and then absorb the rest of it with your ears! Andy is a solid dude. It was a genuine pleasure to sit down with him and trade words.

Go here to listen to the podcast:

Thanks again to Amy for the scoop, and...


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga to host SNL Season Finale!

Also, Tina Fey and Seth Green coming in May!

By episode number:

700 "Tina Fey" & Taio Cruz May 7, 2011
701 "Seth Green" & Big Time Rush May 14, 2011
702 "Justin Timberlake" & Lady Gaga May 21, 2011

Justin Timberlake is ready to flex his live acting chops. The entertainer has reportedly been tapped to host the season finale of 'Saturday Night Live' on May 21, according to a tweet from the official 'SNL' Twitter account. Though the tweet was quickly deleted, the message was in response to a fan asking who would serve as master of ceremonies during Season 36's last episode.

"I didn't realize that @nbcSNL isn't back until May 7th!!! What am I going to do!? Is Tina Fey the season finale!"' the fan wrote. "Nope! We have Timberlake after that," responded a rep using the 'SNL' Twitter page.

This marks the first time that Timberlake has hosted 'SNL' since May 9, 2009. His past appearances have been wildly popular thanks to his viral videos for '$ in a Box' and 'Motherlover,' earning a Emmy Award [for Junk in a Box in 2007 and again] for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009. He made his first hosting appearance in 2003, and also served as musical guest, reprising his hosting duties two more times since then.

Timberlake has been focusing more on his acting career since the release of his 2006 sophomore album, 'FutureSex/LoveSounds.' He will next be seen in the raunchy comedy 'Bad Teacher,' co-starring ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz. The film lands in theaters on June 24.


From Freya:

Timberlake and Gaga will be the last host & Musical Guest of the season. Haha i knew that Akiva had accidently let the cat out of the bag on the Comedy Awards red carpet!

Thanks to Freya for the Timberlake scoop!

Seth Green? What do you think of that?

So did Seth Meyers slip on the host a little early (or whoever tweets from that account)? (Seth tweets from a few SNL-related accounts, so I just assume he does most of the SNL tweets.)

How about a new musical digital short with Andy and Justin? How sweet would that be? Plus it gives TLI an automatic hit to put on their third album. =^)

Happy Easter!


Andy Samberg hosts Shark Week on Discovery Channel

Thanks to Sarah J for the scoop!

SNL's Andy Samberg wins CSO position for Discovery's Shark Week

Andy Samberg - Nokia Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

The position of Chief Shark Officer has been filled by Discovery.

SNL star Andy Samberg won the position after a long and arduous process of blood typing, insurance verification, and wetsuit fittings.

Discovery Channel today announced the appointment of its first ever Chief Shark Officer (CSO), Andy Samberg.

As CSO, Samberg will host the network’s 24th annual Shark Week celebration, cable’s longest running programming event and the official mark of summer. He will film on-air wraps for the weeklong event, host a Shark Week special and may even take the plunge and dive with the apex predators.

“Shark Week is a summertime celebration. It’s about being scared out of your swim trunks but it’s also about being entertained and learning something new. Andy Samberg, a comedian and innovator, is the perfect person to bring those elements together and represent Discovery for our biggest week of the year,” said Discovery Channel President and General Manager Clark Bunting.

Said Samberg: “I’m overjoyed about being appointed CSO. Everyone loves Shark Week. It’s the Bill Cosby of week-long television blocks dedicated to sea animals.”

Shark Week is a ratings apex predator in the summertime, and was watched by almost 31 million people last year, Discovery’s highest rated to date.

The event has become a pop culture phenomenon. In the immortal words of 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan: “Live every week like it’s Shark Week.”

Samberg can also be seen this summer in Will Gluck’s "Friends with Benefits" opposite Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis and Mark Mylod’s "What’s Your Number?" opposite Anna Faris this summer.

Samberg is currently in his sixth season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.


Thanks again to Sarah for the scoop!

And this quote is from Anony (also sent us the scoop):

[This] is weird, because [Andy] said that the most terrifying thing he’s seen is a slow motion shot of a shark eating a seal on the Discovery Channel’s show Planet Earth. So... yeah.

Hahaha. Gotta love this quote from Andy:

“I’m overjoyed about being appointed CSO. Everyone loves Shark Week. It’s the Bill Cosby of week-long television blocks dedicated to sea animals.”

Are you going to watch Shark Week? What do you think Andy's going to do on it?

This is Andy's third hosting gig; he hosted MTV Spring Break and the MTV Movie Awards.

Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Andy Samberg in The Times

Happy Easter Andy Samberg fans!

Freya reports that Andy Samberg is in The Times...

My heart just skipped a beat! There I am flicking through my parents copy of The Times 'Magazine' supplement and there's Andy Samberg in Natalie Raps! I flick back a page and it's only a whole... article on them!

"Take three geeks, add some cheap special effects, and a couple of hollywood celebrities now watch as your videos become and online phenomenon.... How Lonely Island made the internet a funnier place"

Click here for the article:

Freya says:

You can read it here but you have to pay to sign up. I'll see if I can get a snap of the picture and get round to typing it up at some point!


Andy Samberg and SNL Panel - Hallway Interviews

Interviews with Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon & Kenan Thompson

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!

This is from the SNL panel in spring 2010.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Turtleneck & Chains collaborators listed!!!

The Lonely Island collabs have been announced for their upcoming CD, "Turtle Neck and Chains."

Thanks to Freya for the scoop!


Collaborators include the following:
  • Michael Bolton (Jack Sparrow)
  • Snoop Dogg (Turtleneck & Chains)
  • Beck (Attracted To Us)
  • Santigold (After Party)
  • Justin Timberlake (Mother Lover)
  • Akon (I Just Had Sex)
  • Rihanna (Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde)
  • Nicki Minaj & John Waters (The Creep)
  • Kenan Thompson (Reba/Two Worlds Collide)

Our second album. Featuring Akon, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and other special guests. Stay tuned!

1 We're Back! 1:50
2 Mama
3 I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon) 2:48
4 Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)
5 Attracted To Us (feat. Beck)
6 Rocky
7 My Mic - Interlude
8 Turtleneck & Chain (feat. Snoop Dogg)
9 Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde (feat. Rihanna) 2:27
10 Trouble On Dookie Island
11 Falcor vs. Atreyu - Classy Skit #1
12 Motherlover (feat. Justin Timberlake) 2:50
13 The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj & John Waters) 2:40
14 Watch Me Do Me - Classy Skit #2
15 Threw It On The Ground 2:39
16 Japan
17 After Party (feat. Santigold)
18 No Homo
19 No Homo Outro
20 Reba (Two Worlds Collide) (feat. Kenan Thompson)


Thanks go out to Freya again for the scoop!

So no new women collaborators, but there are two on the album we've already heard/seen (Nicki Minaj and Rihanna). I think the Michael Bolton collab is hilarious! Snoop Dog would also be interesting to check out. I hope they do videos for both those songs!

Which collaboration are you the most excited to hear?

Which songs do you want to see as skits?


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Parks and Recreation - On Set Interview with Andy Samberg

SNL's Andy Samberg guest stars as Carl in Park Safety.

This is from 2010. We posted the NBC version, but this is for those folks who can't see that one.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rashida Jones picks Andy Samberg

As we mentioned before, Rashida co-wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, and so she got to pick her co-star. She has appeared on SNL (Rainn Wilson episode in February 07), co-starred with him in "I Love You Man" and did a few MTV promos with him...

Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones are set to star together in the dramedy “Celeste and Jesse Forever”. Written by Jones and her writing partner Will McCormick, Celeste and Jesse Forever follows a couple who attempt to remain friends while undergoing a divorce. Lee Toland Krieger will direct.

In an interview with 24 Frames, Jones compared the film to Blue Valentine and When Harry Met Sally -

“Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton but they don’t know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go. It’s very different from: ‘I like having sex with this person because I’m so modern but then, ooh, maybe I like them.’ I’m less interested in that story. It’s the version of When Harry Met Sally 20 years later, or Blue Valentine. It’s really about how you break up with someone.”

Count. Me. In.



Rayanna's adventure to meet the Dudes

■ 5:50 PM - We walk to the line in front of Amoeba.

■ 6:00 - 7:00 PM - We anxiously wait for them to let us in

and I saw this awesome kid:

■ At about 7:05 they LET US IN. Desiree and I got pretty good standing views since we were in the front of the line


■ 8:15 PM - The Q&A was over and it was time for the Dudes to sign everyones [stuff]. We were supposed to like.. go in the back of the line basically, but everything was so unorganized everyone just kinda cut.

■ Around 8:30 - IT WAS OUR TURN. I was like waiting there even though Jorma had a spot open for someone to come up. I was so scared. I remember the security dude telling me, “Calm down, don’t be nervous!” But I was shaking.

More pictures and story here:

Thanks to Rayanna for the great story! Go read the rest!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Andy Samberg & TLI - Interview panel at Berkeley

The videos of the Dudes in Berkeley

First scoop comes from George:

The Lonely Island came to AMOEBA records in Berkeley for some Q&A from fans.

And here's video #2 from Rayanna:

The creators of this second vid (Rayanna) currently plan to delete this when they upload a longer version with all their footage. Rayanna, could you let us know when you upload the full vid?

Thanks to Anony for the scoop (and Rayanna for the comment)!

Anony said, "I think the reason they did it yesterday at Amoeba Records had somehting to do with the fact that it was Record Store Day yesterday."


Andy Samberg & TLI - YouTube Q&A Video

So given Andy Samberg's Wired interview, the Dudes are thinking about how they can upload YouTube videos more often (and maybe make those profitable).

The dudes getting Comedy Central's permission to upload their live performance with Akon is a good example.

And now they plan to do a Q&A video!

Heads up! The Dudes are going to record a Q&A video at YouTube HQ, vote & ask questions on the YT channel (deadline is Monday morning):


Monday morning is right now! So go and submit your questions!

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Andy Samberg video - behind the scenes of Wired photo shoot

Special thanks to Juliette for the scoop!

I Can Haz Andy Samberg?

A behind the scenes glimpse at SNL's viral video king prepping for the Wired photo shoot.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Turtleneck & Chain Q&A in Berkeley today?

Freya mentioned that there was a Turtleneck & Chain Q&A in Berkeley today.

Did anyone attend?

Shoot us a comment if you did, and include some details! =^)

I Just Had Sex - Live with Akon and The Roots - from the Comedy Awards

The Lonely Island with Akon and The Roots performing I Just Had Sex on the Comedy Awards!
Original Air Date April 10, 2011.

Footage courtesy of Comedy Central.

So this version is going to stick around. Yay! Thanks TLI for getting permission from Comedy Central.

What do you think? Is it lip synced? It's far higher quality than their other live stuff, but there are parts where it's obviously not lip synced, like Andy saying, "Comedy!" at the end. Thoughts?


Friday, April 15, 2011

Andy Samberg - Wired Interview

Q&A with Andy Samberg, Viral Video King

Thanks to Freya for the scoop! After you get past the interviewer's setup, this is an AWESOME interview! Andy talks shop about YouTube frustrations, Jay Pharoah, his SNL inspirations, how viral videos on the Web work, and more! Kudos go out to the interviewer, Chris Hardwick.

Pillow talk with Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg:

OK, sure, the Internet represents the largest paradigm shift since the Industrial Revolution. And it toppled totalitarian regimes, crippled the music business, and neutered the porn industry. But it has also completely changed the landscape of comedy.

The unceremonious pop that signified the end of the 1980s took with it dozens of televised stand-up shows, their brick backdrops crumbling into metaphoric rubble. In the ’90s, a comedian would tour, and if that person were lucky, he might get a deal for a sitcom that would either never get made or enjoy a swift cancellation.

And then: broadband. YouTube turned all of civilization into a reality show. I can barely remember a time before its voyeurism, nut shots, kitten yawns, and sad-larious shenanigans made the TV show I host, Web Soup, possible.

But it’s not just video. Like all comedians, I have a podcast. Mine is called the Nerdist, and starting it was my single best career decision ever. Doing a weekly show let me burrow into a niche and connect with like-minded nerds. Plus, it has done more to increase attendance at my live shows than all of my TV projects combined. Sketch comics, once constrained to Saturday Night Live, now have entire channels, entire sites, devoted to them. As a result, comedians, in addition to barely handling the pressures of being hilarious all the time, also have to understand marketing, delivery systems, and social media.

Few comics do this better than SNL’s Andy Samberg. His group, the Lonely Island (with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone), has been making web videos since 2000—to the tune of 440 million YouTube views. If you’ve enjoyed the Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia, been On a Boat, or presented your Di$$ in a Box to a young lady, thank these guys.

Samberg and I sat down in New York for an in-depth discussion about comedy on the digital stage—and what it means when performers can become known commodities in a matter of hours. Get ready for serious talk about the business of web comedy (mainly because Wired made me cut out all the va$ina jokes).

Hardwick: You guys really were pioneers on the Internet. The stats on your YouTube channel are insane: 65 videos, 894,000 subscribers, 440 million views. [Man]!

Samberg: People like jokes about ji$$.

Lonely Islanders: (from left) Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone...

Hardwick: Clearly. But do you actually make money with the YouTube channel, or is it more about awareness?

Samberg: We’re trying to make it more the former. So far it’s been really good for awareness.

Hardwick: Why do you think it’s so hard to spin YouTube into cash?

Samberg: Well, we started through NBC and SNL, and weirdly, when the stakes and production value get higher, it is less profitable. If you want to make YouTube your sole place to make money, you have to strike a balance between spending less and producing more. Because the more you produce, the more followers you gain. It’s a more intimate relationship between the creator and the viewers than on TV.

Hardwick: When I started doing my podcast a year ago, I said it just has to be consistent every week. But that’s harder when you’re making videos.

Samberg: It’s especially hard because we’re already making videos every week at SNL. And we can’t put those on YouTube, because NBC Universal has their deal with Hulu and For us it started when we did “Lazy Sunday” with Chris Parnell. It was on YouTube immediately, because no one had really heard of YouTube yet. It became a big thing, but then it got yanked off. When we did the one with Natalie Portman, the same thing happened. We did “Di$$ in a Box,” and the same thing happened. It got really frustrating, because we knew there was an audience beyond the show. So for our songs and music videos, with the involvement of Lorne Michaels and NBC, we struck the record deal. That’s why videos like “Ji$$ in My Pants” and “I’m on a Boat” live on YouTube and have those gigantic view counts.

Hardwick: When did you first think, oh, comedy is a thing I would like to do?

Samberg: I was 8 years old. I would sneak into the TV room and watch SNL.

Hardwick: Which cast?

Samberg: Lovitz, Carvey, Hartman, Jan Hooks—that era. The only time it ever dropped off a little for me was the beginning of the Ferrell-Oteri-Shannon era. But then I got into that really hot as well. It was just that, you know, in your first two years of college you stop watching SNL a little bit, because you’re going out, and there was no TiVo then. Akiva and I were recording SNL on VHS until 2004.

Hardwick: Wait, are you saying you weren’t able to just consume media whenever you wanted?

Samberg: That was the case. When we met Ferrell and Fred Armisen and Will Forte, we were like, “We watched your sketches on VHS over and over till we memorized them.” They said, “That was like last week.” All I could say was, “I know, but they weren’t online.”

Hardwick: OK, that’s one way the Internet has changed comedy: access. What else do you think has changed?

Samberg: I don’t think that the actual quality or content has changed. It’s just that now there’s another way for you to find it. Like one of SNL’s new cast members, Jay Pharoah, is a killer impressionist. And he was basically found on the Internet. I mean, I know he did stand-up and stuff, but they told us, like, “Oh yeah, they’re considering this guy. Take a look at his YouTube video.” It was literally just him in his bedroom doing a bunch of impressions. And he was super-talented. You can get discovered a new way now is really my only point. You know, one of the common misconceptions about the Lonely Island is that we were discovered on the Internet. We actually weren’t. A hand-off of a VHS tape is how we got agents, and working on the MTV Movie Awards with Jimmy Fallon and producers Mike Shoemaker and Steve Higgins is how we got recommended to SNL.

Hardwick: What was your audition for SNL like?

Samberg: It 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 dumbass.

Hardwick: Did you have music?

Samberg: I recorded a song and played it before I did one character, and it did not work. It was a perfect way of describing how I’ve managed to work at the show, which is like, well, let me just show you what I mean by doing this video with my friends.

Hardwick: So who came up with the idea of framing you guys as the makers of viral videos? Because digital shorts are essentially the smart way to hybridize Internet and television.

Samberg: The producers, Higgins and Shoemaker, told us they were always looking for pretape material to change over the sets and costumes. We went out with Will Forte and did the first digital short, which was “Lettuce,” basically a very dramatic conversation conducted while really vigorously eating giant heads of lettuce. We brought it in, showed it to them, and they said, “Yeah, maybe.” They put it in dress, it got laughs. Then they put it on air. For them, it was incredibly cost-effective, and it filled that gap. So then we did the second one, “Peyote,” which didn’t air that week because it was too similar to “Lettuce” but aired toward the end of the season. And then the third one was “Lazy Sunday.” After that, they were like, “Yeah, keep making them.”

Hardwick: “Lazy Sunday” is so much fun to watch, but something you don’t get on the Internet is the experience of listening to the SNL audience go fu$$ing berserk.

Samberg: It’s crazy, man. Watching the shorts in the studio when they work is the most exhilarating feeling I think I’ve ever had in comedy. I’ve had some really good nights of stand-up, and I’ve had some really great moments live at SNL. But I still haven’t had a feeling comparable to right after “Di$$ in a Box” ended.

Hardwick: It crushed. And you won an Emmy. The only problem that you may have is dudes running up with their di$$s in boxes, saying, “Hey, remember when you did this thing?”

Samberg: I’ve had one, but it was not his actual di$$. One Halloween a guy saw me in a bar and was like, “Dude, check it out!” He lifted up the box and there was a giant dildo in it. And I was like, “Yeah, you’re not showing this to people, right? You’re going to get arrested.”

Hardwick: Which is worse: something that doesn’t work online or doesn’t work on television?

Samberg: It hurts more for me when it doesn’t work on SNL, just because you can hear it not working. On YouTube it’s a low view count, but you know that it’s still finding people who like it. I mean, there’s certainly the thing with SNL that our favorite sketches are always the last two of the night, the ones that were super-crazy-balls, that the audience was silent through. I think it’s important to do whatever’s making you laugh that week, you know, instead of always trying to make the biggest thing ever.

Hardwick: Between that and the time constraints, I wonder whether SNL is the most Internet-like show on television.

Samberg: It’s certainly geared naturally to the Internet, because it’s so modular. The things that work on the show are allowed to have this great afterlife online. Like, there’s this Nintendo Wii sketch that they did a few seasons ago with Alec Baldwin, where it looked like they were jerking off. It was really late in the show. We all loved it, the crowd really went for it, but it was an end-of-the-show kind of a sketch. And that was one of the most viewed sketches on Hulu.

Hardwick: Does the fact that the sum total of human comedy is available at all times force you to be a little more competitive?

Samberg: There are a lot of people trying to do comedy. People are going to have the same ideas. But there’s so much content being produced that even if something is really popular, there’s only so much of a cycle that an Internet video can have. I think it gets shorter and shorter because there’s more and more content. Even things that people love—when something reaches a certain level of success online, everyone turns on it.

Hardwick: Do you think that the trappings of traditional media make online comedy less funny?

Samberg: When we do the music videos now, it’s the most we spend. Which is kind of ironic, because in the beginning it was like, look how cool we can make it for cheap. But you know, we have a record deal, so we’re trying to compete with the biggest videos. Such a huge part of our joke is having it feel like modern pop or modern rap or modern whatever genre. But a huge part of that is mimicking the style of the videos, the excitement and glossiness. We learned that on “Ji$$” and “Boat” especially.

Hardwick: We got so Charlie Rose there for a second. “When you were working on ‘Ji$$’—”

Samberg: Oh, man, that was like the episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio with Dave Chappelle, when James Lipton plays a clip from Half Baked and says, “That was a remarkable piece of acting.” Chappelle just dies laughing. That was my favorite thing ever. There’s no way to talk about comedy seriously without sounding like a di$$head.



Once again thanks go out to Freya and Juliette for the scoop!

Well, in the beginning, the interviewer failed to mention one important thing... Andy Samberg & TLI were so successful on YouTube BECAUSE of television and SNL, not the other way around. Both are important, but YouTube is not a replacement, and TV offers a lot more money and "stability". Fortunately, that became clearer when Andy told him in the actual interview. Either the interviewer wrote the intro before he interviewed Andy, or he simply wasn't listening to Andy or care about what Andy said. Weird.

This was a GREAT interview.

Learn anything new in this interview?


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Andy Samberg, TLI, & Akon - I Just Had Sex BEHIND THE SCENES

Thanks to Freya for the scoop!

This is pretty cool. Usually TLI does these short 1 minute behind the scenes videos that are set to music and you can't really hear anybody. So this is kind of cool to see one from Akon's perspective.

What do you think?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Andy Samberg's Hugh Jackman (his other two skits from this week)

Unfortunately, Andy was in two other skits this week that NBC did not put online (I already skimmed the full episode and made sure they were cut out of that as well). The reason is usually that they used music in the show that they don't have the rights to. Come on, NBC! Step up your game!

Don't make Wolverine Andy angry:

And here's a little info about the two skits...


Helen Mirren
Paul Brittain
Bill Hader
Taran Killam
Bobby Moynihan
Andy Samberg
Kenan Thompson

Apparently the SNL dudes were a bunch of sailors. =^)

Show - The Best of Both Worlds

Helen Mirren ... Julie Andrews
Bill Hader ... announcer (voice)
Taran Killam ... Gerard Butler
Bobby Moynihan ... Richie
Andy Samberg ... Hugh Jackman
Kenan Thompson ... Ice Cube

This is the first time Andy (and anyone on SNL) has done Hugh Jackman. It looks like Andy's Hugh was the host (which makes sad Andy even sadder).

I think it's hilarious that Andy's Hugh Jackman is a combination of Wolverine hair and Hugh's tux. (Reminds me of how Taran did his Ian McKellan impression as Ian dressed as Gandalf.) In fact, Taran does a similar thing in this skit with his Gerard Butler impression, dressed as King Leonidas from 300. Hilarious!

First time that Ice Cube (by Kenan Thompson) was done on SNL.

And it's the first time that Taran Killam (or anyone) played Gerard Butler. Although Gerard himself was on SNL and played a parody of his King Leonidas character.

Helen Mirren played Julie Andrews. Julie has only been parodied directly once on SNL by Christine Baranski back in 1996, on Molly Shannon's Courtney Love show:

Although Ann Hathaway played Mary Poppins a few years back.



What do you think of Wolverine Andy? Is he cute? Here he is again...

Oh, and did anybody see the episode and want to fill us in more about those two skits? Thanks!


Kristen Wiig accepts her Comedy Award - Andy Samberg watches

Here we see Andy Samberg, Joanna Newsom, Akiva, and Jorm laughing as Kristen talks into her award. Confused? You'll see what I mean. =^)

So once again this is direct proof that Joanna Newsom was there at the Comedy Awards and that she and Andy are still dating. It's amazing that they went so long without their fans seeing them together. But I think them getting their privacy is a good thing. This is how it should work. We shouldn't know about it anyway until they come out together publically like this.

What do you think? Are you glad that Joanna and Andy can get extended time of privacy?

Any thoughts on Kristen Wiig's acceptance speech?


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tina Fey to host SNL on May 7th (and all Tina's guest appearances)

I think this makes sense. After all, Tina was nominated for acting on SNL for the last three season! And her win was in 2009 for guest starring as Governor Palin in the Presidential Bash.

We list all of Tina Fey's SNL guest appearances below this article...


What maternity leave? Tina Fey will host Saturday Night Live on May 7, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It will be the third time [EDitor: Not true! See notes below article!] that 30 Rock star and creator, who announced her pregnancy earlier this week, will return to Studio 8H. She last hosted a year ago and later appeared in the Mother's Day edition of SNL, hosted by Betty White.

No word if Fey will reprise her Emmy-winning take as Sarah Palin. But Fey wrote in her new book, Bossypants, that she thinks her impersonation of Palin didn't help 30 Rock's ratings.

Will 30 Rock end next year? Alec Baldwin says yes

"My TV show still enjoys very low ratings," she wrote. "In fact, I think the Palin stuff may have hurt the TV show. Let's face it, between Alec Baldwin and me there is a certain fifty percent of the population who think we are pinko Commie monsters."

Are you excited to see Fey back on SNL?


Okay that bit of Tina Fey only appearing on SNL two previous times after leaving the show... is just not true.

Tina Fey has been incredibly prolific on SNL after she left the show, and she was Emmy nominated once for acting on the show when she was on the show (her last season), but she's been nominated twice for acting on the show after leaving the show. (I argue that she became more famous when she left SNL than when she was ever on it.)

Here are all her guest appearances (13) from after she left the show:

11.11.2006 - Alec Baldwin hosted, and Tina appeared in the monologue. Alec is her costar on 30 Rock (and she's the reason why he got that gig and a new jumpstart in his career).

02.23.2008 - Tina's first hosting gig on SNL.

04.05.2008 - Christopher Walken hosted. They aired the Annuale commercial again from her Feb 08 hosting gig. This counts!

09.13.2008 - Michael Phelps hosted. Tina appeared as Palin opposite Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton in the Cold Open. This was her first appearance as Palin (and they rushed her onto the show for this).

09.27.2008 - Anna Faris hosted. Tina appeared as Palin opposite Amy Poehler's Katie Couric.

10.04.2008 - Anne Hathaway hosted. Tina appeared as Palin in the Cold Open, a Vice Presidential Debate.

10.18.2008 - Josh Brolin hosted. Tina appeared in the Cold Open as Palin for the Palin Press Conference. It got busted by the real Sarah Palin. Alec Baldwin appeared (and mistook Sarah for Tina), and Mark Wahlberg also appeared (looking for Andy Samberg to score his revenge). It was like backstage at a wrestling event! When Palin came onto the stage, Tina fled (she was warned by Alec).

10.23.2008 - Tina appeared on Weekend Update Thursday, opposite Will Ferrell's George Bush in the Cold Opening.

11.01.2008 - Ben Affleck hosted. Tina appeared in the Cold Opening as Palin, opposite the real Sen. John McCain.

03.14.2009 - Tracy Morgan hosted, Tina's costar on 30 Rock. Tina appered in the Cold Open as Tracy stormed back on SNL (getting past security and others).

04.10.2010 - Tina's second hosting gig.

05.08.2010 - Betty White hosted for Mothers Day. Tina Fey and many other SNL lady legends showed up to support.

09.25.2010 - Tina already appeared once this season. Amy Poehler hosted. Tina appeared in a dream sequence during her Monologue.

So there you go. This is her third hosting gig and 14th appearance on SNL since she left (but it's mostly because of all her Palin appearances).


The Lonely Island - We'll Kill You (song)

UPDATED 6/30/11: We added the Lonely Island official music video for the song! Check it out below!

This is a sequel to "Just 2 Guyz" and "We Like Sports".

WARNING: Harsh language.

Andy's not in this one, other than being "Steve." So if they make a music video, he'll play Steve. =^)

Thanks to Victoria for the scoop!

From Victoria:

its Jorm and Kiv on this one and is a "threequel?" to Just 2 Guyz and We Like Sports!!
i love it!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Andy Samberg returns as Mort Mort Feingold (SNL - 4/9/11)

Mort Mort Feingold, accountant for the stars, helps James Franco, the Kardashian sisters and other celebrities with their taxes.

Sketch - Mort Mort Feingold: Accountant For The Stars

Helen Mirren ... Helena Bonham Carter
Fred Armisen ... Muammer Kaddafi
Vanessa Bayer ... Kourtney Kardashian
Paul Brittain ... Johnny Depp
Paul Brittain ... James Franco
Abby Elliott ... Khloé Kardashian
Bill Hader ... Tim Burton
Taran Killam ... Ricky Martin
Nasim Pedrad ... Kim Kardashian
Jay Pharoah ... Will Smith
Andy Samberg ... Mort Mort Feingold

This basically becomes another vehicle to show off their celebrity impressions.

This is Andy's second appearance as the character. His first was on 04.17.2010, last season. Which impression is your favorite?


Andy Samberg & TLI - I Just Had Sex: LIVE PERFORMANCE

Thanks to Ale for the great scoop!

The Lonely Island & Akon Perform * I Just Had Sex* Live

Akiva comes on to help do a nice small "I'm on a Boat" bit during the song, and then he carried the huge "Sex" sign.

[SNIP - Video removed]

I'm impressed. The Lonely Island is really upping their live game. The dudes were perfectly on tune, felt natural, and nailed it. Funny stuff.

This one might be temporary. Let us know if it gets taken down.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Andy Samberg SNL Digital Short: Helen Mirren's Magical Bosom


Nasim Pedrad goes to a special place after Helen Mirren allows her to touch her breasts.

Film - SNL Digital Short: Helen Mirren's Magical Bosom

Helen Mirren
Dave Grohl
Bobby Moynihan ... dancing bee
Nasim Pedrad
Andy Samberg ... saint
Kristen Wiig

Wow. I think my favorite part of this was actually Bobby Moynihan who just brought the bee costume back! SNL did the bees their first season in 75, but it was John Belushi who really pushed and owned the bee movement.

I hope we get another music video from the new TLI CD sometime soon.


Saturday, April 09, 2011

Photos of Andy Samberg at the Comedy Awards

Photos of Andy Samberg at the recent Comedy Awards.

Thanks to Freya for the scoop!


Andy Samberg SNL Promo: Helen Mirren and Foo Fighters

Helen Mirren and the Foo Fighters promote their upcoming appearance on 'Saturday Night Live!'

Two jokes, and they're just okay this week. Nothing digital short-like in these promos.

But still, it's Andy in all his Andy-ness. =^)


Friday, April 08, 2011

Andy Samberg hugs Justin Bieber (Digital Short Behind the Scenes)

Justin Bieber and the Roommate - Never Say Never 3D

Thanks to Freya for the scoop!

Justin promotes his new film, viral style, with Andy Samberg:

Andy makes Justin laugh. Awwwww. It's kind of interesting that Andy and TLI worked with the Jonah Brothers and now Justin Bieber. It's like they know how to appeal to teenage girls. =^)

As a bonus, head on over to our Jay Pharoah site to check out Jay Pharoah doing all his impersonations for Justin Bieber (including Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, and more):


Helen Mirren SNL Promo with Fred Armisen

Helen Mirren hosts an all-new SNL 4/9 with musical guest Foo Fighters.

Normally I want Andy to do a digital short with the host, but this week I'm hoping they show a new music video (or one of the skit tracks) from their upcoming album!

Thanks to Anony for the scoop!


Garfield Sex Music? ('We're Back' promo site)

UPDATE: We added more warnings that this is gross, and we listed out all the reasons why we know this came from The Lonely Island (it's called deductive reasoning; watch Psyche or Sherlock Holmes for more on that).

Originally posted on 4/7/11.

Thanks to Freya for the scoop!


It contains the animation of Garfield from We're Back. I couldn't bear to show that animated GIF here. It's just too disgusting. However, if you don't want to click the link, but still want to see Garfield being disgusting, you can see it briefly in their music video below (versus seeing it huge and constant, looped on the site).

This site was made by The Lonely Island as a viral attempt, and it links to:

Here's how we know it's from TLI:

1) They linked to it from their Twitter. (Thanks to Freya for posting that.)

2) It's their animation. It's in "We're Back."

3) Reminds me of Sloths and Giraffes, which are also by TLI.

4) It links to their "We're Back" video, so it's obviously a viral marketing tactic.

5) This is probably the 8th or so viral marketing attempt they've made (strange games, videos, or websites that promotes a TV show, movie, or video). So it's their M.O. I think their first ones were the Hot Rod game, Rod website, and series of Rod home videos they made for the Web.

Do these viral sites work? The Lonely Island keeps doing little things like this, so either they work or they just do it cuz it works a little and it's fun.

Either way, it's good for us (as long as it's not Garfield being nasty).


Thursday, April 07, 2011

Featured Player Update - Taran Killam makes out with Elton John

Show - The Silver Screen

Elton John ... Eric Sandrews
Taran Killam ... Dale Eberheart
Nasim Pedrad ... Vanessa Anne Hudgens

Nasim's impression is just filler as Taran plays the gay man against Elton John. Definitely amusing. What do you think?


Sketch - Knights of the Realm

Elton John
Tom Hanks ... Michael Caine
Fred Armisen ... Ringo Starr
Paul Brittain ... Barnaby Xavier St. Hidgens III
Bill Hader ... Richard Branson
Taran Killam ... Ian McKellen
Seth Meyers ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... shopkeeper
Andy Samberg ... Bono
Kenan Thompson ... Sir Mix-A-Lot
Kristen Wiig ... Diedre

When a dragon attacks London, England's most recognizable knights devise a plan to stop it.

Taran also appears as Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Amusing behavior, but not overly funny.

Paul is also on briefly as a British anchorman.



1. Taran Killam - Playing a gay lead opposite Elton John and acting like Gandalf will get Taran the top spot this week. Taran was also a butler in the Royal Engagement and a cowboy, totaling four skits.

2. Nasim Pedrad - Nasim was in the Lawrence Welk cold open and appeared as Vanessa Hudgins in Silver Screen. Not huge roles, but they were good enough to land her the #2 featured player spot this week.

3. Paul Brittain - Paul only played a British news anchor in Knights of the Realm. He barely tops Vanessa this week.

4. Vanessa Bayer - Vanessa was only in the Lawrence Welk cold open. And she got that role cuz there's only four women on SNL this week, and the gag is that Dooneese has 3 sisters (who have never been the same 3 people, by the way).

5. Jay Pharoah - Jay wasn't on this week. However, judging from this tweet earlier this week, Jay is still on the show:

Impressions that I want to get on @nbcsnl Richard Pryor,Tupac,Nick Cage,Idris Elba,Danny Glover, Black Charlie Sheen(wait that's a Character


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Lonely Island album (Turtleneck and Chains) Track List!!!

Thanks to Victoria for the scoop! Our commentary is below the list!

The official countdown to Turtleneck & Chain has begun! Check out the countdown page over at iTunes and remember that if you buy a song it counts towards the price of the album later (using iTunes' "complete my album" feature).

Here is the official track list...


1.We're Back!
3.I Just Had Sex
4.Jack Sparrow
5.Attracted To Us
7.My Mic - Interlude
8.Turtleneck & Chain
9.Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde
10.Trouble On Dookie Island
11.Falcor vs. Atreyu - Classy Skit #1
13.The Creep
14.Watch Me Do Me - Classy Skit #2
15.Threw It On The Ground
17.After Party
18.No Homo
19.No Homo Outro
20.Reba (Two Worlds Collide) [iTunes Bonus Track]


1.We're Back!
2.I Just Had Sex
3.The Creep
5.Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie & Clyde
6.Threw It On The Ground
7.We'll Kill U
8.Reba (Two Worlds Collide)
9.Great Day


It's no surprise that Mother Lover, Shy Ronnie 2, and Threw it on the Ground are on there. I was expecting to see Shy Ronnie 1 and hoping to see some earlier songs they missed, but it is better to have original songs.

I am surprised that they picked Reba/When Two Worlds Collide to be on the CD, but it makes sense as a bonus track. I am glad they have Reba and Great Day as music videos.

Interestingly, "We'll Kill U" is not on the list of the songs, but it is a video. That likely means that the video is done and coming next, either as a digital short on SNL or to be aired on a show like Jimmy Fallon. For their last album, TLI aired We Like Sportz on YouTube only and not on TV (because it wasn't an Andy song, it didn't make sense to air it on SNL), but they might premiere more music videos on Jimmy Fallon (since it seems to have worked well with "We're Back," despite the fact that the video/song isn't so great).

My first guess is that "We'll Kill U" is the SNL digital short this week (or coming soon).

As Victoria mentioned, they didn't list all the collaborators yet. I still want them to do a music video with Jack Black. Jack promoted Awesometown for them, he was in Andy's Glurk skit during Andy's first season, and he did a song with them on Incredibad, but he has yet to be in one of their music videos.

So what songs do you want to hear/see the most (based only on the title)?

Here's my list:

1. Jack Sparrow
2. No Homo
3. Rocky
4. Trouble on Dookie Island
5. Turtleneck and Chains
6. Attracted to Us
7. Falcor VS Atreyu (not a song, but it might make a good digital short)


Andy Samberg is Prince William (Elton John, SNL)

Sketch - Royal Engagement

Elton John
Fred Armisen ... Queen Elizabeth
Bill Hader ... Prince Philip
Taran Killam ... butler
Andy Samberg ... Prince William

The royal engagement continues. This is Andy's, Fred's, and Bill's second go at poking fun at the royal family. Looks like they dragged Elton John into it.

Sir Elton John pays a visit to the Queen Elizabeth II to see what he should play at the upcoming royal wedding.


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Andy Samberg winking Gif - Jimmy Fallon's dream comes true

As Jimmy Fallon mentioned in the interview last week, they should turn Andy Samberg's wink into an animated Gif.

As Andy said, he Biebered.

Thanks to Freya for the scoop!


Andy Samberg is Bono in Knights of the Realm (SNL)

When a dragon attacks London, England's most recognizable knights devise a plan to stop it.

Sketch - Knights of the Realm

Elton John
Tom Hanks ... Michael Caine
Fred Armisen ... Ringo Starr
Paul Brittain ... Barnaby Xavier St. Hidgens III
Bill Hader ... Richard Branson
Taran Killam ... Ian McKellen
Seth Meyers ... announcer (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... shopkeeper
Andy Samberg ... Bono
Kenan Thompson ... Sir Mix-A-Lot
Kristen Wiig ... Diedre


This is Tom Hanks' first attempt at Michael Caine. Caine has also had impressions done twice by Phil Hartman and once by Seth Meyers. Ringo Starr was also played by Jon Lovitz (3 times). Bill Hader is the only one on SNL who has played Richard Branson (3 times). Taran holds the first and only SNL impression of Ian McKellan. Kenan is the only SNLer to do Sir Mix-a-lot, and this is his second time (who can forget Sir Mix-a-lot's Photo Shop?).

This is Andy's second attempt at Bono (his first was in the the Spider-man lawsuit parody on the Russell Brand episode). Bono has also been played by Alec Baldwin (once), Adam Sandler (twice), Chris Kattan (twice), and Colin Farrell (once). So a Bono impresssion is another link between Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler.

Thanks to Juliette for the info about Andy's first appearance as Bono!


Monday, April 04, 2011

Andy Samberg is Nicholas Cage with Jake Gyllenhaal

On 'Get In The Cage,' Nicholas Cage tries to figure out why he wasn't asked to be in Jake's new movie, 'Source Code.'

This is a hilarious segment! I hope they do it again!

Starting at 2:14, Seth loses it, laughing mostly off camera (I think he was holding it in until the camera cut off him).

Wow, Jake's a hardcore professional. Not even a minor crack. Jake appeared in Iran So Far, so I'm sure all they had to was think of this and run the idea by Jake for him to jump at it.

This is Andy's 5th appearance as Nicholas Cage. His first was on 11.07.2009. Jimmy Fallon also did Nick Cage once in 1999.

Andy's two Weekend Update appearances as Nicholas Cage have been the funniest (versus playing Nick Cage in ensemble skits).


Helen Mirren is hosting SNL this week

That's okay that she won't spoof the royals, since Elton John just did it this week with Bill, Fred, and Andy.

Helen Mirren is excited to make her “Saturday Night Live” debut on April 9, when she takes on hosting duties.

However, the Oscar winner said there is one character she won’t be bringing to life on the show – the Queen.

“[I’m] nervous and excited. It’s something I’ve never done before, so it’s always kind of thrilling to do that,” Helen told’s Laura Saltman during the junket for her new big screen comedy, “Arthur,” co-starring Russell Brand.

While her “SNL” debut comes just weeks before the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, Helen – who told Access she actually has done live comedy before in London – said she won’t take on the role of Queen Elizabeth in any late night skit.

“Oh my God, no! I must tell them I’m not going to play any royal,” Helen added. “That’s the one thing I’m not going to do. That was a role I did and it was fine, but you know, I don’t want to do it again, basically.”

As for what the veteran actress would like to do on the show, she said she’d love to team up with another famous Brit who will be hosting the show the week before – Sir Elton John.

“Yeah, that would be great,” she said of joining the Grammy winner, who will take on host and co-musical guest (along with Leon Russell) double duty for the April 2 episode. “There are so many opportunities for comedy in the world around us.”

Catch Helen as [the] “SNL” host alongside musical guests Foo Fighters on April 9 on NBC.



Sunday, April 03, 2011

Laser Cats the Musical (#6) with Andy Samberg, Tom Hanks, and Elton John

Droz is performing music that's killing people and it's up to Nitro and Admiral Spaceship to save the day.

This is not Tom Hank's first digital short. He appeared in "My Testicles" during the dudes' first season. I love the Spider-man bits in the background, which make fun of the Spider-man musical.

I think they could have done more with the "musical" aspect, but fitting in Elton John was great! This is their sixth Laser Cats; they do one a year.

Call out to Victoria for guessing this was going to be an epiode of Laser Cats!

And call out to Anony for noticing that Andy's wearing the same clothes in some shots as he did on Jimmy Fallon's show earlier the previous Friday night. So Andy probably shot the Lorne office bits on Friday, before his Jimmy Fallon interview.

What's your favorite part?


Saturday, April 02, 2011

Andy Samberg and TLI's hilarious Jimmy Fallon interview & "We're Back"

So Andy Samberg and the dudes sit down with Jimmy Fallon and talk it out.

Elton John digital short tonight! However, from the way Andy announced it, methinks it is not a musical digital short. But we'll see!

Andy Samberg coins the term "I Biebered" by referring to winking. It's also funny that of the four of them, Jimmy was the one to crack, "Pulling a Bieber is something totally different." Hilarious!

The Lonely Island boys show off their rejected album covers and reveal the final photo: “Turtleneck & Chain,” which Jorma explains was what they were wearing when they met in 7th grade. My favorite album cover was Andy's: 3 Morks. That would have been awesome! Keep it Simple was also pretty funny (we showed that one here already). Which was your favorite?

I suspect they weren't really rejected. They just brainstormed a lot of crazy ideas and turned all the funny ones into album covers.

I'm thinking that they might actually show more digital shorts on Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy has time to kill every night, and they can't always get their digital shorts in on SNL (this week it would be because this one is pure shock value and they have wanted to do one with Elton John instead). So maybe they'll show more shorts on Jimmy Fallon when they don't fit on SNL for whatever reason.

This is good for us fans, because that means more digital shorts from the dudes!

Watch the world premiere of The Lonely Island “We’re Back” music video:

Um, yeah, The Lonely Island has grown up? A total shock song. They announce that Akiva has a baby. Is it true? Probably, because the rumors are going around and they just spoke of it, but I'm not 100% certain.

I'm a little disappointed with this song, because I don't find these shock songs funny (reminds me of Roy Rules, Sloths, Tucker's Song, and Giraffes). What do you think?

And the reality is that half this song is bleeped. You can find the uncensored version on their YouTube channel.

All well, at least their interview was hilarious.


Elton John and Kristen Wiig SNL promo

Make sure you watch the new SNL tonight! I wonder if TLI has another music video to premiere!

Elton hosts an all-new SNL Saturday April 2.

Some good gags from Kristen.


Friday, April 01, 2011

Andy Samberg & TLI's "We're Back" premieres tonight on Jimmy Fallon!

The Trio will Premiere the Music Video to Their Third Single "We're Back!" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 1st.

The First Single, "I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon)” Already Exceeds Gold Status in Digital Sales.

THE LONELY ISLAND, Saturday Night Live’s trifecta comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone return with TURTLENECK & CHAIN, their sophomore album for UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS on May 10, 2011. This time around, the trio has upped the ante, teaming up with even more of the music industry’s biggest heavy hitters and A-list celebrities. TURTLENECK & CHAIN features collaborations with Akon, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna – with more guest collaborators soon to be unveiled.

The group will premiere the music video “We’re Back!,” the third single off the new album on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Friday April 1. The single will be available on iTunes immediately following the video premiere, marking the beginning of the iTunes “Countdown to Turtleneck & Chain” promotion. Singles will be unleashed throughout the coming weeks, and each single purchase will count toward a discounted "Complete My Album" purchase on iTunes that is redeemable on the May 10th album street date.

The album's gold-selling first single, "I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon)", has already become a smash hit, with digital sales in excess of 500,000 since its December 18th release and YouTube views for the music video reaching over 75 million. The group also performed the song live at 2011 Comedy Awards with Akon and The Roots, which will premiere Sunday April 10th on Comedy Central.

The album's second single, "The Creep (feat. Nicki Minaj and John Waters)" has already garnered YouTube views in excess of 16 million and counting. And the single has everybody that hears it "doing the creep."

TURTLENECK & CHAIN is the highly anticipated follow up to THE LONELY ISLAND’s first album INCREDIBAD, which included the Emmy® winning sensation "D*** In A Box," featuring superstar Justin Timberlake. INCREDIBAD also featured the follow-up gold record "J**z In My Pants," which has over 100 million views on YouTube and the Grammy® nominated, third single “I’m On A Boat”, which went platinum and catapulted the album into over 350,000 copies sold and made it the #1 selling comedy album in 2009 and 2010.

About Universal Republic Records: The company’s roster boasts such chart-topping artists as Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Enrique Iglesias, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Florence + the Machine, Jessie J, James Blake, Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Owl City, Godsmack, Jack Johnson, Damian Marley and, among many others.


Thanks to Freya for the scoop!

As Victoria mentioned, the Justin Timberlake collab is likely Mother Lover. The Akon one is I Just Had Sex. The Nicke Minaj one is The Creep, and the Rihanna one is likely the Emmy nominated Shy Ronnie (and maybe the sequel, Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde). I'm also hoping to see On the Ground and Great Day. My favorite ones they missed from Incredibad would be Young Chuck Norris, My Testicles, and Harpoon Man (and Iran So Far, but they tried to release that already).


Andy Samberg & The Lonely Island on Jimmy Fallon tonight!

The Lonely Island says:

"Be sure to watch @JimmyFallon this Friday (tomorrow)! The Dudes are going to unveil some serious shizz!"


I can see Andy's eye and his elbow! =^)

I think Victoria might be right. It sounds like it could be a music video or a digital short.

Thanks to Victoria for the scoop!


Elton John SNL Promo (with Jason)

Elton John hosts an all-new SNL Saturday April 2.

What if Elton John did a musical video with Andy Samberg? How sweet would that be? =^)


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