David A. J. "Andy" Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005â"2012), where he and his fellow group members have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts.
Samberg has starred in films, such as Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That's My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Hotel Transylvania. He currently stars in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and won a Golden Globe in 2014.
Samberg was born in Berkeley, California His mother, Marjorie "Margi" (nÃ©e Marrow), is an elementary school teacher and his father, Joe, is a photographer. He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow. 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. Samberg has described himself as "not particularly religious" and is a third cousin of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (their maternal grandfathers were first cousins). Samberg discovered Saturday Night Live as a child, while sneaking past his parents to watch professional wrestling on television. He was obsessed with the show and his devotion to comedy was frustrating to teachers who felt he was distracted on his schoolwork. 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." He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz, for two years before transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 2000.
Samberg majored in experimental film, including the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot" as Monkey. Before joining the late night comedy show SNL, he became a YouTube and internet star and made his own 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. Samberg became a featured player on the show in part because of the work he had done on his own sketch comedy website TheLonelyIsland.com. that helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at SNL. Prior to joining its cast, Samberg was (and remains) a member of the comedy troupe The Lonely Island (along with Taccone and Schaffer). The trio began writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005 and released their debut album, Incredibad in 2009. Samberg 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, and starred with Adam Sandler in That's My Boy, Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2. In September 2012, Samberg played Dale Ashbrick in the BBC Three series Cuckoo and now stars as detective Jake Peralta in FOX's police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine which first aired on September 17, 2013.
Saturday Night Live
In September 2005, Samberg joined SNL as a featured player along with his two friends as the show's writing staff. Though his live sketch roles were limited in his first year, he appeared in many prerecorded sketches including commercial parodies and various other filmed segments. On December 17, 2005, he and Chris Parnell starred in the Digital Short show "Lazy Sunday", a hip hop song performed by two Manhattanites on a quest to see the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The short quickly became an Internet phenomenon and garnered 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. 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." Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch. On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he had left the show. He returned to the show as the host on the Season 39 finale in 2014.
After five years of dating, Samberg announced his engagement to musician Joanna Newsom in February 2013 and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California. Samberg's Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers served as groomsman at the wedding. In March 2014, Samberg and Newsom purchased the estate Moorcrest in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, which in the 1920s was owned by the parents of actress Mary Astor and prior to that was rented by Charlie Chaplin. Samberg describes himself as a "superfan" of Newsom's music and they first met at one of her concerts.
- Andy Samberg at the Internet Movie Database
- The Lonely Island
- Andy Samberg profile
- Short Movies with Andy Samberg at Channel 101
- Premiere.com article
- Andy Samberg SNL video archive at Yahoo Screen