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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Andy Samberg Officially Leaving 'SNL'

Late Friday evening, Andy Samberg officially announced he was leaving SNL, after seven years on the show. It was a technicality, sure, but still necessary. Samberg told the New York Times, "Something about it just feels like it’s the moment. My contract’s up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do.” He did more than probably anyone thought he would do. He arguably changed SNL and how people watched SNL forever. Links shared on Sunday became as important as their live showing the night before. And fundamentally that is his legacy. Outside of the Digital Shorts, he didn't really have many, if any, particularly popular characters (shout out to Blizzard Man). You could say Andy Samberg's most popular character was himself, a distinction usually only reserved to Weekend Update anchors. This might be to his advantage as he tries to strike out on his own. This summer he has two movies coming out: That's My Boy, which regardless of critical response, will likely Adam Sandler its way to at least a $100 million box office and Celeste and Jesse Forever, which is a nice indie romcom to pair with the other film's broadness (also it has my name in the title, woohoo). What do you think: will he be a movie star, a TV star (he'd make a great friendly neighbor), or a Jewish Chris Kattan? Until then, watch the first and best (it's definitely not the best – no one thinks it's best, other than the American Lettuce Council) Digital Short, "Lettuce":

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=67600030 Betsy Hobbs

    He's FAR too attractive to be any universe's Chris Kattan. I think he'll do just fine in movies. (Sadly, Hot Rod excepted.)

  • http://twitter.com/Bron_Iver Bro'n Iver

    Shows how much you yay-hoos know- Chris Kattan IS Jewish!

    • http://twitter.com/megh_wright Megh Wright

      Actually, Kattan is half Jewish and half Buddhist. His stepdad was a monk. http://bit.ly/znhBoe

      • A Good Question

        Is "Juddhist" a word?

  • http://twitter.com/the_walnutz Andrew

    Yes, someone else liked Blizzard Man!

  • brieanna

    I prefer nice young Jewish actors like Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Alden Ehrenreich, etc.

  • Dee

    For future reference: Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Andrew Garfield, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zoey Deutch.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.