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The Lonely Island
Also known as Incredibad, the Dudes
Origin Berkeley, California
Genres Comedy hip hop, Comedy rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Universal Republic Records
Associated acts T-Pain, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Jack Black, E-40, Julian Casablancas, Seth Rogen, Norah Jones, Tenacious D, Rihanna
Website http://www.thelonelyisland.com/
Members
Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone

The Lonely Island (TLI) is an American comedy troupe composed of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg, best known for its musical parodies. The group is from Berkeley, California, and is currently based in New York City. The group began creating live comedy skits in junior high school and continued to do so, expanding its repertoire to comedic shorts, music parody (both songs and videos), and one full-length television pilot, before coming to the attention of Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live (SNL). Once on the show, they wrote "Lazy Sunday," a better-produced music parody video much like the group's previous work.[1] It became an instant Internet success, and led to the creation of similar digital shorts that also aired on Saturday Night Live. The Emmy-winning "Dick in a Box", "Jizz in My Pants", "Like a Boss" and the Grammy-nominated "I'm on a Boat" [2] have subsequently had huge success both on the show and on the Internet and prompted the recording and release of an album, Incredibad[3], in which the group moves in a more musical direction.

In August 2007, the group premiered its first feature film, Hot Rod.[4]

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Saturday Night Live

Everyone who has gambled on keeping the three of us together so far, it's gone well. We figured it couldn't hurt to see how long we could ride it.

With increasing recognition, the trio was invited to write sections of the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, which Jimmy Fallon hosted.[1] Impressed with the group's material, he brought the trio to the attention of Lorne Michaels, the producer of Saturday Night Live, who agreed to see them. Samberg fulfilled a lifelong dream and auditioned for the show. He was the only member of TLI who had also been doing stand-up comedy in his free time. He was called back for a second audition a few weeks later and was ultimately invited to be a cast member; Schaffer and Taccone were invited to join the writing staff based on their work in the trio.[1] Since their arrival, the group has written some of the most popular bits in recent SNL history, most notably, the SNL Digital Shorts.

SNL Digital Shorts

External videos
Behind the Scenes on "I'm On a Boat", from TLI's official Web site

Uncertain if Michaels would approve of a wacky pre-recorded skit on the show, TLI borrowed a video camera and filmed a faux lettuce commercial starring Samberg and Will Forte, a fellow SNL cast member. They presented the finished product to Michaels in December 2005, who liked the short and agreed to air it.[1] It was first of what would be come a regular feature of the program, called Saturday Night Live's Digital Shorts.[1] "Lazy Sunday," the second digital short, enjoyed runaway success in the virtual media, as fans responded with T-shirts and response videos.[1] Many of these shorts have skyrocketed to Internet fame, including "Dick in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake), "Natalie's Rap" (with Natalie Portman), "Iran So Far" (with Adam Levine), "Jizz in My Pants" , and "I'm on a Boat" (with T-Pain), the latter of which was nominated on December 2, 2009, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards.[6] One of the more recent songs Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg made is called "Motherlover," a sequel of “Dick in a Box,” which aired on SNL on May 9, 2009. Another recent short is "On the Ground," which aired October 2009. It features Andy Samberg throwing various objects on the ground for various reasons, often blaming the System.

"Dick in a Box" won the 2007 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.[7] Credited for its production are Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Justin Timberlake, in addition to Katreese Barnes and Asa Taccone for music.[8] Based on 1990s contemporary R&B, such as Keith Sweat, Jodeci, and R. Kelly, the song is about giving gift-wrapped genitalia as a Christmas present to one's girlfriend.[9]

MacGruber

The group also created the skit MacGruber in which Will Forte plays a MacGyver parody as the eponymous character. In every episode, MacGruber is trapped with his assistants, played by Kristen Wiig (originally Maya Rudolph) and a third person, usually the episode's host—and occasionally Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver—in a room with a bomb that is about to explode. MacGruber starts asking for simple objects to make something to defuse the bomb, but he is later distracted by something (usually involving his personal life) that makes him run out of time. Every skit ends with the bomb exploding and a smash cut to the outside of the room. All of the skits are directed by Taccone (except for two episodes that were directed by writer John Solomon).

Incredibad

Incredibad is The Lonely Island's debut album, released on February 10, 2009, on Universal Republic Records.[3][10] The album, which includes parodies of existing rap songs, also includes a DVD with some of the videos, including "Wait (You Guys)" as the Bing Bong Brothers, a spoof of the Ying Yang Twins’ "Wait (The Whisper Song)."

Hot Rod

As Samberg's fame grew, Michaels thought he might be ready to play the lead role in a comedy movie that had been dormant for years. It was called Hot Rod and was originally written with Will Ferrell in mind as the lead.[5] After the success of "Lazy Sunday," Schaffer and Taccone were brought on as well. Released in August 2007, the film did very poorly at the box office, released the same time as the blockbuster The Bourne Ultimatum, and barely broke even. Additionally, it received mixed or average reviews (metacritic.com),[11] a scenario Samberg anticipated, as he stated is the case with many first time comedies that embrace surreal comedy (ex: Billy Madison).[5]

Individual projects

Samberg appeared on Premium Blend and had a cameo on the season-two finale of Arrested Development. He also made guest appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since joining SNL. Andy Samberg also appears in the film I Love You, Man (2009) in which he plays the gay brother of a man who has no male friends and must find one to be his best man before his wedding day.

Schaffer directed four music videos for the indie rock group We Are Scientists as well as for the Eagles of Death Metal's single "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)." On SNL, he works as a writer-director, primarily known for directing the SNL Digital Shorts.

Taccone is currently a writer on SNL, and co-starred in the feature film Land of the Lost. He is directing the movie based on the SNL sketch “MacGruber,” which began production in August 2009.

Adult Swim

The Lonely Island made a brief appearance on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The episode "Tennis" aired April 12, 2009, on Adult Swim. A brief reference was also made to the band's song "Dick in a Box" on "Superjail" at the beginning of the episode "Terrorarium."

Discography

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Stein, Joel (2006-04-24), "Straight Outta Narnia." Time. 167 (17).
  2. ^ http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/12/02/grammy-nomination-surprises/
  3. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (2008-12-10). "'SNL' Star Andy Samberg Recruits T-Pain, Justin Timberlake, Norah Jones for New Album". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1601144/20081211/timberlake_justin.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  4. ^ Scott, A. O. (2007-08-03). "Hot Rod (2007) Never Pick a Fight with a Washing Machine". New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/08/03/movies/03hot.html. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  5. ^ a b c Pastorek, Whitney (2007-07-27), Andy Samberg. Entertainment Weekly(945):
  6. ^ http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/12/02/grammy-nomination-surprises/
  7. ^ "2007 Emmy Winners: the Complete List". Daily News (New York). 2007-09-17. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2007/09/17/2007-09-17_2007_emmy_winners_the_complete_list.html?page=0. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  8. ^ "2007 Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. pp. 14. http://www.emmys.org/downloads/2007/59ptemmys_noms.pdf. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  9. ^ Collis, Clark; Drumming, Neil (2007-02-09), "SEXY BEAST". Entertainment Weekly(920):37
  10. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (2008-12-08). "J in My Pants: The Resurgence of Jamie-Lynn Sigler". Entertainment Weekly Online. http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008/12/j-in-my-pants-t.html. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Devin (2007-08-13), Is It Too 'Hot' in Here? Newsweek. 150 (7):

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The Lonely Island (2001–present) is an American comedy group composed of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg (aka the Dudes). The group is from Berkeley, and are currently based in New York City.

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  • Everyone who has gambled on keeping the three of us together so far, it's gone well. We figured it couldn't hurt to see how long we could ride it.
    • Pastorek, Whitney (July 27, 2007), "ANDY SAMBERG". Entertainment Weekly. (945):
    • Samberg on the three always working together

About

  • As they become adults, they are feeling that they have different interests at times, and they all realize that it is healthy [to] go and do individual stuff. But I feel right now that they really enjoy being with each other and really respect what each member brings.

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The Lonely Island is an American comedy group made of three people. The people are Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer. They are from Berkley, California, but are now based in New York City. They work for Saturday Night Live. They are known for songs such as "I'm On A Boat", "Like A Boss", "Jizz in My Pants", "Dick in a Box", and "Lazy Sunday". They have one album called Incredibad.

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Background

The three members of the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) all grew up in Berkeley, California, and met in junior high school. The three friends moved to Los Angeles and rented an apartment, which they called the Lonely Island.

Saturday Night Live

With increasing recognition, the trio was invited to write parts of the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, which Jimmy Fallon was hosting. Impressed with their material, he brought them to the attention of Lorne Michaels, the producer of Saturday Night Live, who agreed to see them. Samberg auditioned for the show. He was the only member of TLI who had also been doing stand-up comedy in his free time He was called back for a second audition a few weeks later and was invited to be a cast member; Schaffer and Taccone were invited to join the writing staff based on their work in the trio. Since their arrival on SNL, the group has written some of the most popular bits in recent SNL history, most notably, the SNL Digital Shorts.

MacGruber

The group also made the skit MacGruber in which Will Forte plays a MacGyver parody as the character. In every episode, MacGruber is trapped with his helpers, played by Kristen Wiig (originally Maya Rudolph) and a third person, usually the episode's host and occasionally Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver, in a room with a bomb that is about to explode. MacGruber starts asking for simple objects to make something to stop the bomb, but he is later distracted by something (usually involving his personal life) that makes him run out of time. Every skit ends with the bomb and place where they are in exploding. All of the skits are directed by Taccone (except for 2 episodes which were directed by writer John Solomon).

Incredibad

Main Article: Incredibad The Lonely Island released their first album Incredibad on February 10, 2009, on Universal Republic Records. Many of the songs on the album debuted on Saturday Night Live as SNL Digital Shorts. The album also includes a DVD featuring some of the digital shorts. - - Collaborators on the album include T-Pain, Norah Jones, Jack Black, E-40, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Sly & Robbie, DJ Nu-Mark, J-Zone, Natalie Portman, Chris Parnell, and Justin Timberlake.

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