Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separates a successful sketch from the rest.
For this week's installment of Sketch Anatomy, we talked with Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Jeff Loveness, who chose the classic 2003-2005 Lonely Island web series and Channel 101 favorite The 'Bu directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring Jorma Taccone as an angsty ninja navigating teenage life in his new home of Malibu with Andy Samberg as his on-and-off friend Aaron. [...]
The Lonely Island put out a new music video over the weekend. Called "We Need Love," it's for a track off of The Wack Album, released last month. The video stars Lonely Island members Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, and it's the fourth in their "Just 2 Guyz" series. Pretty great that they've been playing these two badasses for nearly a decade now.
Check out the other three "Just 2 Guyz" videos below:
For the past month, musical comedy outfit The Lonely Island has been releasing a new video or song every Wednesday as part of their promotion "Wack Wednesdays," and this is the last one seeing as their new release, The Wack Album, comes out Tuesday. And the full thing that Andy Samberg is spelling in this video is "Dude that has sex with pigs for money but only as a side thing right now,i'm just short on cash and have irons in the fire but in this economy it'll have to do my name is Lenny."
Here's the latest video from The Lonely Island. Called "Spring Break Anthem," it starts as one of Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns videos with James Franco before breaking out into a full-on Spring Breakers parody Lonely Island music video. Between Two Ferns co-creator Scott Aukerman directed the Between Two Ferns part, while the Lonely Island guys directed the music video. Also, Ed Norton.
SNL transforms when a former cast member returns to host. The regular format is stretched to make room for a massive SNL reunion, with classic bits and endless cameos by other past stars of the show. Usually this homecoming makes for an exciting night of television, with Lorne Michaels trotting out one of his prized horses to remind us of the joy this show has brought us over the years.
In this case, it reminded us how atypical of a cast member Andy Samberg was. His monologue joke that he appeared in "100 digital shorts and six live sketches" had a ring of truth: unlike all-star alums Will Ferrell [...]
To promote their latest record, The Wack Album, comedy rap group The Lonely Island took to Reddit to take questions from strangers. The Dudes opened the Reddit with a message to fans and an offer of advice that more people should have taken them up on: "Anything personal going on with you reddit? We're great with advice. 2 out of the 3 of us have made love with a woman before and can talk about details (we WILL NOT kiss and tell, but we will talk about details)."
We went through and compiled the best responses from The Lonely Island's AMA, which – believe it or not – [...]
Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer's musical comedy outfit The Lonely Island announced the tracklist to their newest release, The Wack Album(due out June 11th), and it's as jam-packed with exciting special guests as their previous albums. From Billie Joe Armstrong to Hugh Jackman, Robyn to Kristen Wiig, it's an eclectic group of guests, with a mix of songs featured on SNL ("YOLO" featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar, "3-Way" featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga) and new stuff ("You've Got the Look" featuring Hugh Jackman and Kristen Wiig, "Spring Break Anthem"). Check out the track listing and video/audio of the songs that have been released [...]
Musical comedy trio The Lonely Island is putting out a new music video or song every Wednesday as part of their promotion "Wack Wednesdays," leading up to the June 11th release of their third album, The Wack Album. Here's their second "Wack Wednesdays" offering, audio of a new song caled "I Fucked My Aunt," which reunites them with T-Pain after their hit 2009 collaboration "I'm On a Boat." We'll see if this one becomes as popular as that song.
The Lonely Island put out this video to announce a new weekly holiday, Wack Wednesdays. Leading up to the June 11th release of their new album The Wack Album, they'll be dropping a new video or song on their YouTube page every Wednesday. That's five entire Wednesdays of new content, guys.
Comedy trio The Lonely Island is going to be making stuff for Fox. The group, consisting of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and recent Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg, signed a development deal to create online content for Fox that will potentially be developed into shows for Fox and its subsidiary networks FX and FXX, Variety reports. The deal does not involve The Lonely Island creating musical content, with it focused instead on non-musical comedy that will likely debut on digital platforms like Hulu and Roku. Plans are for the trio to bring people they'd like to work with to Fox while overseeing projects created by these people, but [...]
Within months of The Lonely Island joining Saturday Night Live back in 2005, the trio – made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – marked a new era in the show's history with the viral hit Lazy Sunday, kicking off a run of Digital Shorts that would include Emmy-winning Dick in a Box and Grammy-nominated I'm on a Boat.
All three have since left the show, working independently on their own big-name projects. Samberg has starred in films like That's My Boy and Celeste and Jesse Forever, and will be seen in the up-coming Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Schaffer directed the group's first film, cult favorite Hot Rod, and 2012's The Watch. [...]
Here's the latest song from The Lonely Island as part of their series Wack Wednesdays in which they're dropping a new song or video every Wednesday until the release of their new album, The Wack Album. Called "Semicolon," the track finds Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer backed up by Solange, and it may just be the best grammar-related rap song ever.
The Lonely Island's new record, The Wack Album, is set for a June 11th release, and The Dudes released the cover art and a partial list of guest stars via their website yesterday. The album will include new songs featuring Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, Billie Joe Armstrong, Solange, and other people. Also appearing are Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga, who collaborated with The Lonely Island on their songs "YOLO" and "3-Way (The Golden Rule)," which debuted on SNL already but will be featured on the album. "Spring Break Anthem," a new song they unveiled in a web video today, will also presumably be included on the [...]
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