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Akiva Schaffer
Birth name Akiva Schaffer
Born December 1, 1977 (1977-12-01) (age 32)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Medium Internet, stand-up, music, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 2001 – present
Genres Sketch comedy
Situational comedy
Comedy hip hop

Akiva "Kiv" Schaffer (born December 1, 1977) is an American writer for Saturday Night Live, a film director, an Emmy-winning songwriter, and a member of The Lonely Island, a sketch-comedy troupe that originated 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.[1]



Akiva directs, co-writes, and edits the majority of the SNL Digital Shorts. He was the director of '"Lazy Sunday", "Natalie Raps", "Dick in a Box", "Peyton Manning for the United Way", "Iran So Far", "Jizz in My Pants", and sang with Samberg and T-Pain in "I'm on a Boat".

On the Internet, Schaffer directed the Lonely Island's The 'Bu, the group's record-breaking contribution to Channel 101, which was parody of The OC and also starred Sarah Chalke (Roseanne, Scrubs) as Melissa, and Samberg and Taccone. Schaffer has also contributed to several other Channel 101 productions as part of the Lonely Island. Schaffer has directed four music videos for the band We Are Scientists and one for the Eagles of Death Metal. Schaffer also directed and acted in the film Hot Rod, which starred Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, and was produced by Lorne Michaels. Schaffer is currently on hiatus from Saturday Night Live filming The Adventurer's Handbook starring Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, and Jason Schwartzman. Hill and writing partner, Max Winkler, wrote the script.


In 2007, Schaffer won an Emmy for his participation in the production of "Dick in a Box". He was nominated for an Emmy for the song, "Motherlover". He was also featured in People Magazine's Sexiest Bachelor's with his friend, Andy Samberg, as Sexiest Best Friends. He has also won 2 Writer's Guild Awards and a Peabody for his work at Saturday Night Live. He is currently (12/09) nominated for a 2009 People's Choice Award and 2009 Grammy Award.


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