To someone who wasn’t paying attention to web comedy in the early 2000s (and before YouTube and Funny or Die, who could blame you?), it may seem like The Lonely Island, the comedy conglomerate made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, came out of nowhere when they were snatched up by Saturday Night Live in 2005. Despite the trio’s seemingly-fast rise to fame, they were far from an overnight success.
Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone all met while attending junior high together in Berkeley, California in the late 80s. Samberg was a year younger than Schaffer and Taccone, but the three soon became a part of [...]
The first teaser trailer for Neighborhood Watch (the alien comedy directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade) is here, and it is not pleased that you've been TP-ing local houses. It might have to take you downtown and have some confusing words with you in a room with a single lightbulb. Or worse still, look at you sternly.
Deadline reports Jonah Hill joins Neighborhood Watch opposite Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Directed by Akiva Schaffer, and co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Watch follows a band of slacker dads as their half-hearted snooping accidentally reveals "a vast neighborhood watch conspiracy." I foresee maximum, flashlight-illuminated bumbling in these characters' futures. Maximum bumbling, engage!
Despite the plethora of songs like "Jizz In My Pants," "I Had Sex" and "We're Back!" that suggest otherwise, the Lonely Island A.V. Club interview maintains the party line that its three members are great at sex, they do it all the time and their stuff is big and works super-good. Also working super-good is their relationship with Lorne Michaels, who they haven't had to pitch to in four years. "We pitched to him a few times, and he’s like, 'Uh, okay…' and when it turned out that people liked them, he’s like, 'You know what? Just don’t tell me, ’cause I’d rather just see it in [...]
Despite being raised on Weird Al and Adam Sandler, I've never been a fan of musical comedy. The notes, they're so distracting! So it's a testament to their superb quality that my heart thrilled to hear The Lonely Island has announced their new album Turtleneck and Chain will drop May 10. It'll be a little over two years since their previous album Incredibad, which brought us "Lazy Sunday" and "Dick In A Box," as well as served up cameos by T-Pain, Justin Timberlake and, of course, Norah Jones in February 2009. If you weren't looking forward to the guys' new jams, might I remind you of a [...]