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An SNL Digital Short is a short comedic or musical video segment created for airing on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Most Digital Shorts are produced by The Lonely Island and written by Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg in collaboration with SNL hosts and cast members. The segments were originally recorded with consumer grade digital video cameras and edited on personal computers.[1] It is usual for the episode's hosts and musical guests (the latter on rarer occasions) to take part in the episode's short, and several shorts have included celebrity cameos.

The shorts generally take fewer than five days to complete.[2] Schaffer has directed nearly all the shorts and Taccone along with his brother, Asa, have produced music as necessary. So far SNL has aired 63 digital shorts, including eleven of which are performed by The Lonely Island and not including the nine multiple part MacGruber sketches. Many of the musical shorts were remastered and released in The Lonely Island's album, Incredibad, or created specifically for the album and then featured in shorts during the 2008-2009 season.

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List of shorts

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2005-2006: Season 31

A total of 11 shorts were created for 2005-2006.

Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Description
Lettuce Will Forte
Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone[3]
Akiva Schaffer[3] December 3, 2005 In what is revealed to be a commercial for the vegetable, two friends (Will Forte, Andy Samberg) discuss the death of an unnamed friend while taking large bites out of heads of lettuce. Written and filmed in November 2005 and originally cut from dress rehearsal of the Eva Longoria episode.
Lazy Sunday Uncensored Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Chris Parnell[4]
Akiva Schaffer[4] December 17, 2005 Chris Parnell and Samberg rhyme about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, cupcakes, Mr. Pibb, Red Vines, Matthew Perry, and a host of other products. Music produced by Jorma Taccone.[4]
Young Chuck Norris Andrew Steele[5] Akiva Schaffer January 21, 2006 A Chuck Norris fan (Jason Sudeikis) sings a ballad for him with an accompanying music video. In this video, Chuck Norris is played by Andy Samberg
The Tangent Bill Hader[6] Akiva Schaffer[6] February 4, 2006 Joel (Fred Armisen) rambles endlessly about a restaurant he visited, and becomes so involved in the story, he fails to notice that he is discovered by talent scouts (Bill Hader, Parnell), stars in a movie with Scarlett Johansson, becomes a national phenomenon and then loses it all when his movie flops at the box office. Brian Williams, MTV correspondent Gideon Yago, and Conan O'Brien also make cameos.

This short was filmed the week of the Scarlett Johansson episode, but was cut after dress rehearsal. The short was even in the dress rehearsal of the Peter Sarsgaard episode (and was cut from the live show there) before finally airing on the Steve Martin/Prince episode.

Close Talkers Will Forte[7] Akiva Schaffer[7] February 4, 2006 Two old friends from school (Forte, Steve Martin) meet up after years apart, greeting each other loudly while standing with their faces only an inch apart.
Natalie Rap

[8]

Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Asa Taccone[9]
Akiva Schaffer[9] March 4, 2006 Natalie Portman is interviewed about her life and responds with a rap proving she is a "badass bitch", poking fun at her clean and intellectual image. She slaps Seth Meyers and throws a chair at Parnell. Samberg appears as Flavor Flav. Music produced by Jorma Taccone and Asa Taccone, and mixed by Ben Lovett.[9]
Dopple Ganger Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone[10]
Akiva Schaffer[10] March 11, 2006 Meyers, Forte, and Samberg are on a lunch break and start to notice that each one has a doppelgänger nearby. After Meyers and Forte say that a large bum (Horatio Sanz) is Samberg's doppelgänger, they kill the real Samberg in an evil twin scenario.
Laser Cats! Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone[11]
Akiva Schaffer[11] April 15, 2006 Hader and Samberg pitch to SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels their new ultra low-budget Digital Short, Laser Cats! The short within the short features the fallout of a nuclear war, in which cats can shoot lasers from their mouths and thus be used as weapons. Hader and Samberg, shooting the short in the SNL offices and playing the heroes, Nitro and Admiral Spaceship, have to rescue a princess (Lindsay Lohan, who is not in on the joke and gets replaced by Rachel Dratch).
My Testicles Unknown Akiva Schaffer May 6, 2006 Friends in the early 1990s (Kenan Thompson, Forte, and Parnell) discuss the music video by pop stars Ariel (Andy Samberg) and Efrim (Tom Hanks), where we see the lyrics consist of constantly begging for their testicles not to be harmed, in a parody of Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" and C+C Music Factory's "Everybody Dance Now". Jorma Taccone appears as a backup dancer.
Peyote Will Forte
Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Akiva Schaffer May 13, 2006 An apparent suicide jumper (Samberg) is negotiated with by a man on a bullhorn (Forte). After a bit of dialogue, it is revealed that the "jumper" is safely on the ground and the man with the bullhorn is mere inches away from him. This is revealed to be a commercial for peyote. This written and filmed back in November at the same time as the Lettuce short. This would explain how it is similar to that short.
Andy Walking Unknown Akiva Schaffer May 20, 2006 Samberg asks factual questions of passers-by outside NBC Studios in the style of the Jay Leno bit Jaywalking, instead laughing off correct answers as false.

2006-2007: Season 32

A total of 12 shorts were created for 2006-2007.

Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Description
Cubicle Fight Unknown Akiva Schaffer September 30, 2006 New office employee Gary (Hader) gets into a fight to the death with incumbent cubicle holder Steve (host Dane Cook).
Harpoon Man Unknown Akiva Schaffer October 21, 2006 Harpoon Man (John C. Reilly), a suave action hero and parody of Shaft, tracks down an insulting announcer dressed as a whale (Samberg), who is narrating his life in a theme song.
Pep Talk Fred Armisen
John Lutz[12]
Akiva Schaffer December 9, 2006 A fast food boss (Armisen) gives his employees (Forte, Matthew Fox, Amy Poehler, Samberg, Thompson) a pep talk and has trouble controlling his anger until one of his employees (Forte) comes in late. It originally was scheduled to air on the episode hosted by Matthew Fox (which explains his appearance), but ended up airing on the following episode hosted by Annette Bening.
Dick in a Box[13] Uncensored Justin Timberlake
Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Akiva Schaffer December 16, 2006 A Christmas song about two men (Justin Timberlake and Samberg) giving their lovers (Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph) a box with their genitalia inside as presents, in a style reminiscent of early 1990s R&B sex ballads made popular by acts such as Bel Biv Devoe, Color Me Badd, and R. Kelly. Won a 2007 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. Music created in part by Asa Taccone and Katresse Barnes.[14]
Laser Cats! 2 Unknown Akiva Schaffer January 13, 2007 Hader and Samberg apologize to Lorne Michaels for the original Laser Cats! claiming to understand where they went wrong: not enough politics. They then introduce Laser Cats! 2, based on the same premise, but now it was the Iraq War that had gone nuclear and caused the feline mutations. This time, Dr. Scientist (Jake Gyllenhaal) has stolen the cure that turns Laser Cats back into regular cats.
Nurse Nancy Unknown Akiva Schaffer January 20, 2007 Scott Garbaciak (Samberg) is the multi-role star of the fictional film Nurse Nancy, in parody of Eddie Murphy films such as Norbit and The Nutty Professor.
Body Fuzion [15] Amy Poehler
Maya Rudolph
Kristen Wiig[16]
Akiva Schaffer February 3, 2007 Drew Barrymore is Desiree, host of a 1986 sexually suggestive, low-impact, high-result exercise video Body Fuzion, with "her friends" Donna, Michelle, and Donna M. (Rudolph, Wiig, and Poehler respectively).
Andy Popping Into Frame Unknown Akiva Schaffer February 10, 2007 Samberg quietly pops into view as the camera routinely cuts to different locations and landmarks. Forte soon begins doing the same a few times, before being forced out at gunpoint.
Business Meeting Unknown Jorma Taccone February 24, 2007 A corporate executive (Rainn Wilson) leads a meeting to take ideas on how to save his failing company, and hears suggestions from an increasingly bizarre set of employees, including a gigantic turkey sub and Arcade Fire. Upon reaching the end of the meeting, Wilson receives a phone call informing him that the office building is about to be blown up.
The Shooting Video Unknown Akiva Schaffer April 14, 2007 In a spoof of The O.C. episode "The Dearly Beloved", a man (Hader) writes a letter to his sister, he is shot by his friend (Samberg), leading to a series of overly-dramatic, slow-motion shootings set to "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap, including their roommate (Shia LaBeouf), the sister (Wiig), and two police officers (Sudeikis, Armisen).
Roy Rules! Unknown Jorma Taccone[17] April 21, 2007 Samberg performs a rhyme about how much he likes his brother in-law named Roy (SNL writer Bryan Tucker).
Talking Dog Unknown Akiva Schaffer May 19, 2007 While meeting the owner of an apartment he's about to rent (Zach Braff), a man (Samberg) is shocked to find out that the owner's dog can not only talk (with the voice of SNL writer Jorma Taccone), but has fallen in love with him. Later he finds out that the dog was using him to get a plate of ham. The owner implies that this happens regularly, but the dog convinces the man that it's still something more, and the man ends up french kissing the dog.

2007-2008: Season 33

A total of 11 shorts were created for 2007-2008.

Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Description
Iran So Far Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer Akiva Schaffer September 29, 2007 Samberg sings a love song for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Armisen), along with Adam Levine from Maroon 5, sampling "Avril 14th" by Aphex Twin. Jake Gyllenhaal has a cameo.
People Getting Punched Right Before Eating Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone[18]
Akiva Schaffer October 13, 2007 Samberg punches people before they get to eat then gleefully dances afterwards; victims include Forte, Armisen, Sudeikis, host Jon Bon Jovi, and Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The short shares the style of Andy Popping Into Frame.
Brian Diaries Unknown Akiva Schaffer November 3, 2007 Brian Williams describes a day in his life, including watching footage of himself, meditating while the disembodied head of Bono praises him, and dropping pennies on Al Roker and Matt Lauer from the NBC building.
Grandkids in the Movies Unknown Akiva Schaffer February 23, 2008 An old man presents films which have his grandsons (Hader and Samberg) digitally inserted in order to help old people be more comfortable with today's films.
The Mirror Unknown Akiva Schaffer March 1, 2008 A girl (Ellen Page) wakes up from a nightmare and begins seeing a zombie (Samberg) in her bathroom mirror, which turns out to be the nightmare of the zombie, a wolf man (Forte), and a woman named Debbie (Wiig) married to Dracula (Sudeikis).
Hero Song Unknown Akiva Schaffer March 8, 2008 An apparently wealthy man (Samberg) sings about crime infecting the city, then turns into a superhero (à la Batman) and tries to save a woman (Amy Adams) from being mugged, only to have the mugger (Sudeikis) beat the superhero to death.
Andy's Dad Jonah Hill, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer Akiva Schaffer March 15, 2008 Jonah Hill confesses to Samberg about how he has fallen in love with his father, Ben Samberg (played by longtime SNL writer Jim Downey). Hader also confesses the same thing.
Laser Cats! 3D Unknown Akiva Schaffer April 5, 2008 Samberg and Hader attempt to pitch Laser Cats to Lorne again, this time with a scene enhanced by 3D glasses. The plot revolves around a ban on all laser cats and a battle against the corrupt Mayor Top-Hat (Thompson). Christopher Walken appears as the general and Senator Christopher Dodd cameos as himself (watching the short while having dinner with Lorne).
Daiquiri Girl Unknown Akiva Schaffer April 12, 2008 Samberg appears in an amateur, early-90s music video about a girl who loves to drink daiquiris. Meanwhile, text scrolls up the screen explaining that the producers apologize for airing the video because a certain musical guest (Gnarls Barkley) failed to appear for the shooting of a digital short, despite an agreement to do otherwise.
The Best Look in the World Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer Akiva Schaffer May 10, 2008 Samberg and host Shia LaBeouf sing a high-energy country song about Samberg's new dress shirt, black socks, no pants look (the best look in the world).
Japanese Office John Lutz
Marika Sawyer[19]
Akiva Schaffer[19] May 17, 2008 Ricky Gervais presents a clip from a Japanese show that was his inspiration for The Office, featuring Japanese versions of Michael (Steve Carell), Dwight (Hader), Jim (Sudeikis), Pam (Wiig), and Stanley (Thompson). Also, Darrell Hammond plays Regis Philbin in a tampon commercial. At the end of the episode, Gervais comments "It's funny 'cause it's racist".

2008-2009: Season 34

A total of 16 shorts were created for the 2008-2009 season.

Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Description
Space Olympics Andy Samberg
Jorma Taccone
Akiva Schaffer
Akiva Schaffer September 13, 2008 Samberg sings through an autotuner, while wearing a white pompadour wig and spangled jumpsuit. His song promotes a low budget, ill-planned, ultimately doomed athletic competition held in space in the year 3022. Athletes are portrayed by Sudeikis, Casey Wilson, Hader, and real-life Olympian and episode host Michael Phelps.
Hey! (Murray Hill) Unknown Jorma Taccone September 20, 2008 In this spoof of teen dramas, a young man (James Franco) is talked to by a girl (Kristen Wiig). Some small talk is made, until the subject of his small "ding-dong" comes up. Then another girl (an uncredited cameo by future season 35 host Blake Lively) comes up to him and tells him she has a small "ding-dong", too.
Extreme Challenge Unknown Akiva Schaffer October 4, 2008 Samberg and Wiig compete in nonsensical activities, from arm wrestling to human ATM. Forte is the pathetic referee, Thompson is an ATM customer, and Anne Hathaway appears when Andy turns into Jane Austen.
Ras Trent Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
D. Carey
Sly Dunbar
Robbie Shakespeare
Akiva Schaffer October 25, 2008 Samberg plays a college student who has converted to Rastafari, who sings boastfully (and stereotypically) about the culture, while being aware that he's not fit for it when he walks by a group of actual Rastas. Wiig and Wilson appear as backup singers. (The real backup is actually provided by J. Newsom and Maya Rudolph). In the Incredibad version, the song ends with a fade. Music produced by Sly & Robbie.[20]
Everyone's A Critic Unknown Akiva Schaffer November 15, 2008 In a clip from Paul Rudd's new movie, Samberg romantically paints him nude and then Rudd returns the favor. While selling the painting at an auction, it is shown to be so graphic that everyone who sees it begins convulsing violently, vomiting, bleeding from the eyes, and committing violent acts of suicide. Armisen appears as the auctioneer, Wilson as the interviewer, Hader and Wiig as Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood respectively (they appear tied to a post with their eyes closed while everyone else is dying after seeing the painting, parodying the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Virgania Horsen's Pony Express Unknown Akiva Schaffer December 6, 2008 Wiig reprises her role as Virgania Horsen in a crudely-made commercial for her new business, which consists of mail delivery by horse. *Note the original Virginia Horsen short did have the Digital Short title in front of it. According the credits, these shorts were all directed by Jorma.
Jizz in My Pants Uncensored Clean version Andy Samberg
Jorma Taccone
Akiva Schaffer
Michael Forno
Akiva Schaffer December 6, 2008 The Lonely Island sings about premature ejaculation, often at the slightest provocation. Fellow Lonely Island member and director, Akiva Schaffer shows up in the video as a DJ(Schaffer rarely shows up on-screen). Molly Sims, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Justin Timberlake make cameo appearances (Timberlake appears as a janitor). The music video is for their first single of their debut album, Incredibad.[21]
Cookies James Anderson
Fred Armisen
Akiva Schaffer December 13, 2008 An executive (Hugh Laurie) announces to the department heads that things are not going well and drastic steps may need to be taken. During this, Marcus (Armisen) begins outstretching himself to eat cookies on the table. At the end of the skit, another executive (Thompson) reveals that the "cookies" are really laxatives.
Doogie Howser Theme Unknown Akiva Schaffer January 10, 2009 Neil Patrick Harris and the entire cast perform the theme to Doogie Howser, M.D.. While Harris wears a tuxedo, the SNL cast dresses as Doogie Howser, wearing lab coats, a picture ID of Doogie, dress shirts, blond wigs, colorful ties, acid washed jeans, and Nike hi-tops (Armisen and Samberg wear green sunglasses as well). Harris plays keyboard; Wilson, Abby Elliott, and Michaela Watkins play violin; Bobby Moynihan plays tuba; Thompson plays harp; Hader plays saxophone; Hammond plays trumpet; Wiig plays electric guitar; Sudeikis plays double bass; Forte plays drum kit; Armisen plays synthesizer; and Samberg plays an Akai MPC 2000XL drum machine. At the end of the performance, Harris sheds a tear.
A Couple of Homies Unknown Unknown January 17, 2009 Samberg and Armisen casually talk in a break room while Forte sings about every little thing that they're doing (giving each other a high five, reading a magazine, drinking soda, and wearing dresses). At the end, it's revealed to actually be a commercial for D.A.R.E.. It was originally cut from the Ben Affleck dress rehearsal.
Laser Cats 4-Ever! Unknown Akiva Schaffer Jorma Taccone January 31, 2009 Steve Martin walks into the office of Lorne Michaels with yet another half baked Laser Cats episode. It is evident that Samberg and Hader have put Martin up to it, as well as crediting him as "Executive Producer" of Laser Cats 4. A robot Cyber-Face (Thompson) goes haywire, but it is revealed to be Admiral Spaceship's father (Martin), who reveals that Spaceship and Nitro are brothers. At the end of the skit Lorne Michaels orders them all out of his office.
I'm on a Boat Uncensored Clean version Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Adam Cherrington
Akiva Schaffer February 7, 2009 From The Lonely Island's album Incredibad. Samberg wins a prize from a cereal for a boat trip for three and selects himself, Akiva Schaffer and surprisingly, T-Pain while Jorma Taccone stays out of the excitement. Then the group proceeds into a highly aggressive, profane rap song about sailing on a boat, including fifteen uses of the word "fuck". The second single from the Lonely Island's debut album 'Incredibad'.
Property of the Queen Unknown Akiva Schaffer Jorma Taccone February 14, 2009 Samberg blackmails the Jonas Brothers with a videotape of them as an 80s band called Property of the Queen. Samberg ultimately wants to know how they stayed young for 25 years and it is revealed that the wizard (Hader) featured in one of their music videos kept them young. Thompson, Forte and Moynihan appear as band members.
Party Guys Unknown Akiva Schaffer March 14, 2009 Samberg and Hader are at a party where everyone and everything is a literal representation of a slang term (i.e., a "serial rapist" (Forte) is shown having sex with a box of cereal, a group of "motherfuckers" are men with their mothers, a group of "sons of bitches" are a litter of puppies, a "numbnuts" is a man (John Lutz) shown sitting on a block of ice with his pants around his ankles, a group of "jokers" are dressed as different incarnations of The Joker from The Dark Knight, a knucklehead is a hand with plastic eyes glued on it, etc). When Samberg and Hader discover "two douchebags", however, it's revealed that they're looking at themselves in a mirror.
Like a Boss Uncensored Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Aleric Banks
Akiva Schaffer Jorma Taccone April 4, 2009 The Lonely Island rap about what it's like for the boss of a big company. Samberg describes his average day, which initially features plausible activities such as approving memos and sending faxes; however, his actions become increasingly erratic, and eventually, overtly surreal (for example, having sex with a giant fish in the sewer). From their Incredibad album. Seth Rogen replaces Akiva as the company evaluator in the music video, though Akiva does appear in the video as a hooded gun dealer.
Motherlover Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Justin Timberlake[22]
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone[22][23]
May 9, 2009 Five months after the events of "Dick in a Box," Samberg and Timberlake's characters (who have just been released from prison) sing about special gifts for Mother's Day, with Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson appearing as their mothers. They decide the best present for them would be for them to have sex with the other's mother. They proclaim it is the second best idea they have ever had. Music originally omitted from sessions for the album Incredibad, as produced by Asa Taccone and Drew Campbell.[22]

2009-2010: Season 35

Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Description
The Date John Solomon
Will Forte[24]
John Solomon Akiva Schaffer[24] September 26, 2009 A man (Forte) with a strained voice discusses his life commanding a SWAT team and raising lambs for slaughter with an increasingly fascinated date (Megan Fox).
Megan's Roommate Unknown Akiva Schaffer September 26, 2009 Andy Samberg is brought home by Megan Fox, and meets her hostile roommate "Optimus Prime" (Moynihan), a man wearing a bathing robe and a mask of the Transformers character. Cameo by Brian Austin Green as "Bumblebee".
On the Ground Unknown Akiva Schaffer[25] October 3, 2009 A beatnik (Samberg) raps about throwing many things offered to him "on the ground," in order to show his anti-conformist nature, until he throws Ryan Reynolds' and Elijah Wood's (both appearing as themselves) dinner on the ground and the two celebrities chase down the beatnik and taser him "in the butthole."
Brenda & Shaun Unknown Akiva Schaffer October 10, 2009 A 1990's commercial for two amateur laser magicians (played by Fred Armisen and episode host Drew Barrymore). They announce they are suitable for any occasion such as birthday parties, but disrupt events such as graduations, engagements, and people meeting their biological parents. As the video progresses, the two fall on hard times and are arrested for harassing people on the street.
Firelight Unknown Akiva Schaffer November 7, 2009 In this parody of the movie adaptation of Twilight, a high school girl (played by host and musical guest Taylor Swift) falls for Frankenstein's monster (played by Bill Hader).
Get Out! Unknown Akiva Schaffer November 14, 2009 A man (Fred Armisen) keeps barging in on his roommate (Andy Samberg) sitting on the toilet — even when Armisen is at the gym, on an elevator, and walking outside of Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Center.
Two Worlds Collide (ft. Reba McEntire) Unknown Akiva Schaffer November 21, 2009 Andy Samberg sings a very raunchy techno/hip-hop ballad about his love, a man pretending to be Reba McEntire (played by Kenan Thompson).
Shy Ronnie
Video
Unknown Akiva Schaffer December 5, 2009 Rihanna and Shy Ronnie (Samberg) perform an uplifting song for some elementary school students, which is ruined by Shy Ronnie's weak singing.
Tizzle Wizzle Show Unknown Akiva Schaffer& Jorma Taccone December 19, 2009 James Franco guest stars on a children's show about wearing "jammies". However, the show ends with everyone picking out knives, then taking pills, and killing each other. Franco survives and is declared the "king", albeit horrified at what just happened.
Booty Call Unknown Jonathan Krisel[26] January 9, 2010 Alicia Keys makes a late-night phone call to a confidently flamboyant, yet socially awkward man (Samberg), who is in the middle of an intervention.
James Cameron's Laser Cats 5 Unknown Jonathan Krisel January 16, 2010 Samberg and Hader once again try to persuade Lorne Michaels with another Laser Cats! movie with some "help" from James Cameron (appearing as himself). On orders from the Science Chief (Armisen), Admiral Spaceship and Nitro go back in time to stop the laser cats from being born. As they are confronted by a walking laser cat, they are saved by Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver, who says "believe it or not"). When Spaceship is injured, he puts himself in the Avatar machine and destroys the laser cats by linking with one. A group of classical musicians proclaim they will stay in the exploding building. However, when they are ready to go back, they find that Ripley was infected by the laser cats as a chestbuster emerges. They then return and A computer goes "welcome to the present, where laser cats still exist" then both guys say damn. Michaels orders the trio out of his office, even though Cameron offers some unobtainium.
The Curse Unknown Jonathan Krisel January 30, 2010 A young businessman (Samberg) steps on a homeless man's (Armisen) dreamcatcher and refuses to fix it. The homeless man puts a curse on him. Just as something is going well for the businessman, a sexy Latin saxophone player named Sergio (Jon Hamm) suddenly appears and spoils it. The businessman begs for the curse to be lifted and is told to repair the dreamcatcher and have it above his bed. Five years later, the businessman's wife (Wiig) is in labor and reveals she broke it. Shortly afterwards, she gives birth to Sergio.
Flags of the World Unknown Jonathan Krisel February 27, 2010 Samberg raps about many different flags of the world including some made-up flags, including the American flag, "Spain-ish flag", white flag, "We Love Betty White" flag, and "No You Didn't" flag. Also included is "Black Flag" based on the band of the same name.
Zach Drops By the Set Unknown Jonathon Krisel March 6, 2010 Zach Galifianakis shows up on the sets of various NBC shows (with fictional scenes and archival footage) either talking to the actors, or just standing in the back ground. Even though there was no SNL Digital Short tag in front of it, the NBC Website has posted it as a Digital Short.
Boombox
Clean version
Uncensored
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Drew Campbell & Asa Taccone Akiva Schaffer March 13, 2010 A music video for the song "Boombox" from Incredibad performed by The Lonely Island and Julian Casablancas. The second verse about the businessmen from the album was cut.

Dress rehearsal shorts

These shorts were filmed and shown to the studio audience during the weekly SNL dress rehearsal, but were not included in the live show and have yet to appear on air.

Title Date Intended to Air Description
Lobster Claw and Handlebar April 8, 2006 A police officer (Samberg) with lobster claws struggles to eat his meal in a diner. First shown during the Antonio Banderas dress rehearsal. It was shown again during the remaining rehearsals of the 2005-2006 season.[27]
Gawker Hopefuls October 28, 2006 Samberg and Armisen attempt to get noticed by Gawker.com, paparazzi, and Us Weekly. They even go to the Us Weekly and Gawker offices. It was only shown during the Hugh Laurie Dress Rehearsal.[28]
The Sun's Day Off September 27, 2008 Samberg plays a sun who tries to brighten up Anna Faris, Bill Hader, and Will Forte's days. Only shown in the Faris Dress Rehearsal.[29]
Guys In Sunglasses Lookin' Dope April 11, 2009 Short features close-ups of male castmembers, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Kenan Thompson and Zac Efron(host) posing in their designer shades. They keep proclaiming they're lookin dope, camera cuts to Andy who is posing in some cheap shades. Shown to audiences only during the Efron dress rehearsal.[30]
Will's Secret Weapon May 16, 2009 Will Ferrell has a puppet that looks like a dog and keeps attacking castmembers like Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson and Andy Samberg. Shown only during the Ferrell dress rehearsal.[31]
Traveling With PJ October 17, 2009 Kristen Wiig visits New York City. At first, she's impressed but in the end realizes that she misses her hometown. Shown during the Gerard Butler and James Franco dress rehearsal.

Other Lonely Island shorts on SNL

Produced by The Lonely Island,[32][33] and/or labeled Digital Shorts on official YouTube postings, these shorts aired on an SNL episode but not with the official SNL Digital Short title card. As with the Digital Shorts, these are directed by Akiva Schaffer. However, according to the official LonelyIsland website, the MacGruber shorts are directed by Jorma Taccone

Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Description
An SNL Movie Trailer Recut: Apocalypto Matt Murray[12] Akiva Schaffer December 9, 2006 The trailer for Mel Gibson's film Apocalypto is newly subtitled, implying that the Jews destroyed the Maya civilization, in reference to Gibson's anti-semitic remarks in 2006.
MacGruber (Parts 1, 2, and 3) Unknown Jorma Taccone[34] January 20, 2007 In three parodies of MacGyver, the titular hero (Forte) demands odd objects of his disgusted sidekicks (Jeremy Piven, Rudolph) in his attempts to stop catastrophic events that are mere seconds away. The episodes invariably end with his failure to stop the event.
Sloths Unknown Jorma Taccone February 10, 2007 A Staten Island Zoo worker (Wiig) introduces Staten Island Tech High School student's crude and vile documentary on sloths before previewing it herself.
United Way Seth Meyers Akiva Schaffer[35] Akiva Schaffer[35] March 24, 2007 Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning takes time out to be a mentor to kids, but ends up being physically, mentally, and verbally abusive to them (a parody of his public service announcements for the United Way during 2001–2005).
MacGruber 2 Unknown Jorma Taccone[34] May 12, 2007 In three more segments, the titular hero (Forte), after 15 years of sobriety, begins drinking just as his sidekicks (Molly Shannon, Rudolph) need his bomb-defusing skills most. MacGruber's behavior evolves into a parody of David Hasselhoff's hangover video.
MacGruber 3 Unknown Jorma Taccone[34] October 6, 2007 In three more segments, the titular hero (Forte) becomes obsessed with his recent plastic surgeries just as his sidekicks (Seth Rogen, Rudolph) need his bomb-defusing skills most.
Virgania Horsen's Hot Air Balloon Rides Unknown Akiva Schaffer February 23, 2008; February 14, 2009 A fake commercial about a woman (Kristen Wiig) offering free hot air balloon rides to combat the long lines and intrusive searches at airports. There was a 2nd part to this commercial, in which Horsen flies over New York and Montreal, that was cut for time from the original airing. Both parts aired during Alec Baldwin's 2008-2009 appearance.
MacGruber 4 Unknown John Solomon March 15, 2008 MacGruber (Forte) feels insecure when his assistant (Jonah Hill) says that he cannot do his job when he and Vicky (Wiig) need his bomb-defusing skills the most. Only two segments aired. In the third segment (which is available on some video websites), Hader appears as MacGruber's life coach.
MacGruber 5 Unknown John Solomon May 10, 2008 MacGruber and his son, Merrill (Shia LaBeouf), team up together. However, in the process of escaping, Merrill inadvertently confesses that he's gay (by showing anal lubricant, a vibrating dildo, and his boyfriend Scott (Samberg) showing up) leaving MacGruber to make him straight again by reciting Bible verses and forcing him to kiss Vicky (Wiig).
MacGruber 6 Unknown Jorma Taccone October 18, 2008 MacGruber discovers he lost all his money in the stock market and seeks desperate ways for cash just as his sidekicks (Josh Brolin, Wiig) need his bomb-defusing skills most.
Jam the Vote Unknown Akiva Schaffer October 23, 2008 Samberg walks around New York City asking people if they're registered to vote, which Wiig's character points out ended 2 weeks prior. Meanwhile, Samberg also fights back vomiting a spicy hot dog he stole.
Giraffes! Unknown Jorma Taccone November 1, 2008 A sequel to the "Sloths" video, only with Jason Sudeikis as the head of the Staten Island Zoo instead of Kristen Wiig. The same students create a video that proclaims giraffes are from outer space and will destroy mankind.
MacGruber 7 (Parts 1, 2 and 3) Unknown Jorma Taccone[36] January 31, 2009 MacGruber is helped by MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) and keeps trying to promote Pepsi, changing his name to "Pepsuber" and eventually replaces every word in his sentences with the word "Pepsi". These shorts were paid for by Pepsi as advertisements; as a result they aired during commercial breaks, not as part of the show itself,[37] and did not air at all on the Canadian simsub on Global. The second of the three shorts was replayed as an ad during Super Bowl XLIII the next day.[38]
MacGruber 8 Unknown Jorma Taccone[39] March 7, 2009 MacGruber is once again joined by MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson), who reveals that he's MacGruber's long-lost father (MacGruber's full name is actually "MacGruber MacGyver"), who left MacGruber's mother (Abby Elliot) for a stripper.
An SNL Movie Trailer Re-Cut: Palin 2012 Unknown John Solomon & Colin Jost November 21, 2009 In another installment of An SNL Movie Trailer Re-Cut, the trailer for the disaster film 2012 is changed into a political horror about Sarah Palin's possible election as U.S. President that year.
MacGruber 9 Unknown Jorma Taccone[40] January 10, 2010 When MacGruber gets an African-American sidekick (Charles Barkley), he inadvertently reveals that he is a racist.
An Even-Tempered Apology from White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel Unknown Unknown February 7, 2010 Rahm Emanuel (Samberg) apologizes to the Democratic Party for calling them "retarded," but then says what he meant to say with a lot of profanity. He also apologizes to Sarah Palin, only to put her down as well. At the end he says, "As for Mel Gibson, shut the fuck up!"

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Reception

The short "Lazy Sunday," which aired December 17, 2005, was viewed more than five million times on YouTube alone before it was removed due to copyright infringement.[citation needed] In late 2006, however, NBC began uploading SNL shorts on YouTube themselves. The short "Dick in a Box" which aired in December 2006, was viewed more than 28 million times on YouTube.[citation needed] It was available uncut on YouTube with a special warning, stating that the sketch contained explicit language that was censored from the television version. The short also won an Emmy Award.

The Shooting

Samberg in "The Shooting"

The Shooting, also known as Dear Sister,[41] was broadcast during an episode aired April 14, 2007. The short satirizes the final scene of The O.C.'s second-season finale.[42][43]

Expanded plot

Keith (Bill Hader) writes a letter to his sister, as Dave (Andy Samberg) asks what he is doing. As Keith responds, explaining he hasn't seen his sister in a long time, Dave suddenly and inexplicably shoots him. In the following overly-dramatic, slow-motion death overdubbed by a cue of "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap, Dave is seen visibly shaken as Keith, in shock, collapses. As Dave gathers his bearings, Keith suddenly shoots him in return, having recovered from his injury long enough to exact his revenge to the same music cue.

After both men have fallen to the ground from their separate shootings, another man, Eric (Shia LaBeouf), enters looking for them (saying he's "just thought of the funniest thing"). Dave comes back to life to shoot Eric in the stomach, who collapses, once again to the same music. The sister herself (Kristen Wiig) enters the scene, and begins to read the letter (Dear Sister, By the time you read this..) until she too is shot in the stomach several times by each of the three men on the ground, with the music cue restarting with every shot, until she collapses too.

The short ends as two police officers (Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen) are observing the crime scene. One finds the letter, left on the table near the brother's body, and begins to read. The letter is revealed to be a prediction of each shooting, in detail, and ends claiming that two police officers will come across the letter and then shoot each other after reading it. While the reading officer laughs it off, his partner turns and shoots him as the reading officer shoots him as well to overlapping "Hide & Seek" cues.

Controversy

Virginia Tech shootings

Due to music clearance issues,[44] the NBC network, which broadcasts Saturday Night Live and distributes clips, did not release The Shooting on its official site or YouTube immediately following broadcast. On April 16, 2007, two days following the initial air date of the sketch, the Virginia Tech shootings occurred. The massacre, which took place on the Virginia Tech campus of Blacksburg, Virginia, saw 32 people killed and 25 more wounded by the actions of Seung-Hui Cho[45] before he himself committed suicide, making it the deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history.[46][47] The sketch, viewed under this new context, was considered to be in bad taste and suffer from poor timing following the shootings,[48] and perhaps as a result, NBC never uploaded the clip to YouTube or its official site.[48] The short finally reappeared four months later, in a repeat of the LaBeouf episode, aired August 4, 2007.[44]

Spin-offs

Despite the initial attempts of NBC to enforce copyright protection and remove access to the sketch on YouTube and similar viral video sites, viewers uploaded the short even after the videos were removed several times at NBC's request. Despite these obstacles, the short became popular enough to beget a wave of re-enactments and parodies using the same use of "Hide and Seek" and slow-motion to violent scenes. However, with the recent dispute between Youtube & Warner Music Group, the phenomenon may be over due to many of these videos having their audio muted, even though Imogen Heap is not with WMG.

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