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Andy Samberg (b. David A.J. Samberg; August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, writer, rapper and member of the comedy group The Lonely Island. He is known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2012), where they have been credited with popularizing theEmmy-winning SNL Digital Shorts, the comical short films and music videos starring Samberg and other members of the SNL cast.[3] He also starred in Hot RodSpace ChimpsThat's My Boy, and Celeste and Jesse Forever.

Personal life

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

Samberg discovered Saturday Night Live as a child, while sneaking past his parents to watch professional wrestling on television,[10] but he is obsessed with the show, and his devotion to comedy became frustrating to teachers who felt he was unfocused on his schoolwork.[10] Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996, where he 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] He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz, for two years before transferring to New York University for its acclaimed film school. He majored in experimental film, where he starred as "Monkey" in the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot".[12] He graduated from NYU in 2000.[13] After five years of dating, Samberg announced his engagement to musician Joanna Newsom in February 2013.[14]

Career

Before joining the late night comedy show SNL, Andy Samberg was a YouTube and Internet star. He first began making comedy videos with his two friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. When YouTube was created 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."[15] He became a featured player on the show in part because of the work he'd done on his own sketch comedy website TheLonelyIsland.com. that helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at SNL.[16] Prior to joining its cast, Samberg was (and remains) 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. Samberg has appeared in numerous theatrical films, commercials, music videos and has hosted special events, including the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. In 2012, Samberg delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University.[17] In September 2012, he plays Dale Ashbrick in a BBC Three comedy show, Cuckoo.[18] He starred with Adam Sandler twice in That's My Boy and Hotel Transylvania.

Saturday Night Live

After Samberg joined SNL as a featured player, in September 2005 along with his two friends as the show's writing staff while his live sketch roles were limited in his first year, he appeared in many prerecorded sketches, including commercial parodies and various other filmed segments. For the December 17, 2005 show, he 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 Samberg significant media and public attention, as did "Dick in a Box," a duet withJustin Timberlake that won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.[3] His 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, 2009 (to commemorate Mother's Day), and is a sequel of "Dick in a Box."[19] Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch.[20] On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he successfully left the show, when he was with Justin Timberlake for several sketches. [21][22]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble Film debut
2008 Space Chimps Ham III Voice only
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Homeless Guy
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale Voice only
2011 What's Your Number? Gerry Perry
Friends with Benefits Quincy
2012 That's My Boy Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger
The Watch Guy
Hotel Transylvania Jonathan Voice only
Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse
2013 The To Do List Van
Grown Ups 2 Car washing guy
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Brent McHale Voice only


Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Premium Blend Himself TV debut
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Guest star
2005–2012 Saturday Night Live Various Roles Sketcher
2007 Scarred Himself
2009 2009 MTV Movie Awards Host
Boomerang Lou the Director Boy Presenter
Bollywood Hero Himself
Yo Gabba Gabba! Himself Guest star
American Dad Ricky the Raptor/Antichrist Voice only, Guest star
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad Voice only
The Sarah Silverman Program Troy
Parks and Recreation Carl Lorthner Guest star
18th ESPY Awards Paul the Octopus
2011 Adventure Time Party Pat Voice only, Guest star
Shark Week Himself Host
Adventure Time Party Pat Voice only, Guest star
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Colonel Carper Voice only, Guest star
Portlandia The Mixologist
2010–2011 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Himself Guest star
2012–present Cuckoo Dale Ashbrick

Awards and nominations

Year Award Show Category Result
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedian Nominated
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