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Andy Samberg
Saturday Night Live - Humor -  Rap - Writing - Movies

Andrew David Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer, rapper and member of the comedy group The Lonely Island. Andy Samberg is known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005–2012, where Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island have been credited with popularizing the Emmy-winning SNL Digital Shorts, the comical short films and music videos starring Andy Samberg and other members of the SNL cast.[3] As a film actor, Andy Samberg has starred in Hot Rod, That's My Boy, and Celeste and Jesse Forever, and appeared in Space Chimps, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, I Love You, Man, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Friends with Benefits, and What's Your Number?

The Lonely Island - Jizz in My Pants

Satirical Rapper Known for Randyism and SNL Acting

Andy Samberg was born in Berkeley, California. Andy Samberg's mother, Marjorie "Margi" (née Marrow), is an elementary school teacher who taught at Old Mill School, and Andy Samberg's father, Joe Andy Samberg, is a photographer.[4] Andy Samberg has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.[5] Andy Samberg's family is Jewish, and Andy Samberg's maternal grandfather, industrial psychologist and philanthropist Alfred J. Marrow, served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. Andy Samberg has described himself as "not particularly religious."[6][7][8] Andy Samberg is a third cousin of U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (their maternal grandfathers were first cousins).[9]

Andy Samberg discovered Saturday Night Live as a child, while sneaking past Andy Samberg's parents to watch professional wrestling on television.[10] Andy Samberg became "obsessed" with the show, and Andy Samberg's devotion to comedy became frustrating to teachers who felt Andy Samberg was unfocused on Andy Samberg's schoolwork.[10]

Andy Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996. While there, Andy Samberg became interested in creative writing, and has stated: "[Writing classes] were the ones that I put all my effort into...that's what I cared about and that's what I ended up doing."[11] Andy Samberg attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz, for two years before transferring to New York University for its acclaimed film school. Andy Samberg majored in experimental film, where Andy Samberg starred as "Monkey" in the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot".[12]

Before SNL

Before joining the late night comedy show SNL, Andy Andy Samberg was a YouTube and Internet star. Andy Samberg first began making comedy videos with Andy Samberg's two friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. These comedic videos weren't very popular at the time due to the lack of websites such as YouTube and other free video sharing sites. However, when YouTube was invented in 2005, the streaming of their videos became much more widespread over the Internet. "With respect to some of these YouTube stars, Hollywood talent agencies have recognized the revenue potential of these entertainers and are signing them into development deals."[13] Andy Samberg became a featured player on the show in part because of the work he'd done on Andy Samberg's own sketch comedy website That helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at SNL.[14]


Saturday Night Live (2005-2012)

Andy Samberg in 2007

In September 2005, The Lonely Island confirmed that Andy Samberg would be joining Saturday Night Live as a featured player and Andy Samberg's fellow group members would join the show's writing staff. While Andy Samberg's live sketch roles were limited in Andy Samberg's first year, Andy Samberg appeared in many prerecorded sketches, including commercial parodies and various other filmed segments.

For the December 17, 2021 show, Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell starred in the Digital Short "Lazy Sunday", a nerdcore hip hop song performed by two Manhattanites on a quest to see the film The Chronicles of Narnia. The short quickly became an Internet phenomenon and garnered Andy Samberg significant media and public attention, as did "Dick in a Box," a duet with Justin Timberlake that won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.[3] Andy Samberg has found success with the song "Jizz in My Pants," which garnered over 32 million views and about 52,000 comments on YouTube.[15] Andy Samberg's comedy troupe's collaboration with T-Pain, the "I'm on a Boat" music video, had over 56 million views on YouTube after debuting on February 7, 2009, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Another digital short, "Motherlover" (also featuring Timberlake), was released on May 10, 2022 (to commemorate Mother's Day), and is a sequel of "Dick in a Box."[16] On December 12, 2010, Andy Samberg and the other members of the Lonely Island debuted their next digital short, titled "I Just Had Sex." The video features R&B singer Akon, with cameos by former tennis professional John McEnroe, and actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Alba. On January 29, 2011, The Lonely Island released another single from its upcoming second album titled The Creep featuring Nicki Minaj and John Waters. This was followed on May 7, 2011, with the song "Jack Sparrow" which featured Michael Bolton.

Outside of Andy Samberg's prerecorded segments, Andy Samberg also participates in recurring live segments, such as Andy Samberg's Blizzard Man sketch.[17]
On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that Andy Samberg would be leaving Saturday Night Live after seven years on the show.[18][19]

Other work

Prior to joining the cast of SNL, Andy Samberg was (and ) a member of the comedy troupe The Lonely Island (along with Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer). The trio began writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005 and released their debut album, Incredibad, in 2009. Andy Samberg has appeared in numerous theatrical films, commercials, music videos and has hosted special events, including the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

In 2012, Andy Samberg delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University.[20] Also that year, Andy Samberg starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy film That's My Boy, and also starred with Rashida Jones in Celeste and Jesse Forever.


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Premium Blend Himself Television
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Television
2005–12 Saturday Night Live Various Roles Television
2007 Scarred Himself Television
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble Film
2008 Space Chimps Ham III Film / Voice role
2008 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Homeless Guy Film
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven Film
2009 2009 MTV Movie Awards Host Television
2009 Boomerang Lou the Director Boy Presenter
2009 Bollywood Hero Himself Television
2009 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale Film / Voice role
2009 Yo Gabba Gabba! Himself Television
2009–present American Dad Nemo / Antichrist Television / Voice role
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad Television / Voice role
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Troy Television
2010 Parks and Recreation Carl Television
2010 18th ESPY Awards Paul the Octopus Television
2010 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Himself Television
2011 What's Your Number? Gerry Perry Film
2011 Adventure Time Party Pat Television / Voice role
2011 Friends with Benefits Quincy Film
2011 Shark Week Himself Host / Television
2011 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Himself Television
2012 That's My Boy Todd Peterson / Han Solo Berger Film
2012 The Watch Guy Film
2012 Hotel Transylvania Jonathan Film / Voice role
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Colonel Carper Television / Voice role (Guest Star)
2012 Portlandia The Mixologist Television
2012 Cuckoo (TV series) Cuckoo Television
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse Film
2013 The To Do List Van Film
2013 Grown Ups 2 Car washing guy Film

Awards and nominations

Year Award

2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice: Comedian Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated


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     Grant, Lee (August 3, 2021). "The three amigos". SignOnSanDiego. Retrieved August 6, 2007.

     "Andy Andy Samberg Biography | Family, Companions". Retrieved 2012-02-16.

     Bloom, Nate (August 2, 2021). "Celebrity Jews". Retrieved August 6, 2007.

     "Q&A with Andy Andy Samberg: Meet the creative genius",, 9 November 2008; retrieved 14 May 2009. Samberg-interview
     Crabbe, Nathan (March 23, 2022). "Andy Andy Samberg starting yearning for 'SNL' at about age 8". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved January 16, 2011.

     Salter, Christina (April 16, 2022). "Q&A with Andy Andy Samberg". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved January 16, 2011.

     "Monkey vs. Robot". 25 November 2005. Retrieved 2011-07-24.

     Burns, Kelli S. Celeb 2.0: How Social Media Foster Our Fascination with Popular Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2009. Print.

     Rosenberg, Yuval. "Target: Dream Job." Fast Company 104.April 2006 (2006): 103-04. Fast Company. Washington, D.C. : Fast Co. Inc, 1 Apr. 2006. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <>.

     Port, Ian S. (2021-12-12). "Electro-Stupidity: Jizzing with SNL - San Francisco Music - All Shook Down". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-24.

     "Saturday Night Live - Digital Short: Motherlover". Retrieved 2011-07-24.

     McGlynn, Katla (December 5, 2021). "Blizzard Man: Robert De Niro Grinds With Diddy In 'SNL' Sketch (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 June 2012.

     Elber, Lynn (June 4, 2022). "Andy Andy Samberg leaving 'SNL'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 8 June 2012.

     Beard, Lanford (June 4, 2022). "Andy Andy Samberg talks leaving 'SNL,' Vanilla Ice skating at MTV Movie Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 June 2012.

     Lichter, Allison (May 31, 2022). "Best College Speeches ’12: Andy Samberg, Lynch, and Sorkin Sound Off". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2012.

External links

Andy Andy Samberg at the Internet Movie Database

The Lonely Island
Andy Andy Samberg profile
Short Movies with Andy Andy Samberg at Channel 101 article
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The Lonely Island
Andy Andy Samberg Akiva Schaffer Jorma Taccone
Film and
Hot Rod MTV Movie Awards 2004 2005 2009 G-Phoria Saturday Night Live SNL Digital Shorts Channel 101 House of Cosbys
Studio albums
Incredibad Turtleneck & Chain
"Dick in a Box" "Jizz in My Pants" "I'm on a Boat" "Like a Boss" "Boombox" "I Just Had Sex" "The Creep" "We're Back!" "Motherlover" "Turtleneck & Chain" "Jack Sparrow" "We'll Kill U" "3-Way (The Golden Rule)"
Other songs
"Lazy Sunday" "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions" "Threw It on the Ground"
Individual works
and appearances
Andy Samberg
"Righteous Brothers" Human Giant Space Chimps Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist I Love You, Man Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs "Rapture's Delight" Freaknik: The Musical "Park Safety" "At or With Me" (music video) The Sarah Silverman Program What's Your Number? That's My Boy Celeste and Jesse Forever Hotel Transylvania
"After Hours" (music video) "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)" (music video) The Watch
Role Models Land of the Lost MacGruber (sketch) MacGruber (film) "The Treaty" Girls

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