Season 39 of SNL kicks off this Saturday night with Tina Fey, Arcade Fire, and a mouthful of new names for Don Pardo to read off in the opening credits. After several seasons of little turnover, the cast is experiencing a major upheaval, with six — six! — new cast members to replace the departed Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Fred Armisen. This is the largest staff hire in 18 years, tying the 1995-1996 season's addition of Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, David Koechner, Cheri Oteri, and Nancy Walls. After the show's dismal 1994-1995 season, which saw near cancellation and the firing/resignation of 12 cast members, those six were [...]
"I didn’t really work there even this season, because I was working on [The Watch] the whole time. So I haven’t really been there for a year. But me and Andy are hopefully making a new [Lonely Island] album and will get to make music videos for that. If we do, I’ll certainly be offering them for SNL, if they want to air them." - Akiva Schaffer on how Andy Samberg's departure doesn't necessarily mean the end of digital shorts. Rejoice!
The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone teamed with Kenyan rapper Kaka "Rabbit" Sungura for travel magazine Afar's "Spin the Globe" piece, in which the Jizz In My Pants star traveled to Nairobi after randomly spinning a globe and pointing at a country. Cue all of The Lion King references. It was only a matter of time before Jorma ended up on TV sipping purp in a dashiki, but here context is everything.
For Wired's Humor Issue, Andy Samberg discusses web comedy with Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist, exploring the intricacies of how to deliver a dick in a box unto the people. Samberg reminisces how Lonely Island started making videos on the cheap, his SNL audition ("It was very silly. You’re supposed to do impressions and characters, and I basically had none. So I did a lot of stand-up and tried to show how I was a dumbass.") and how a YouTube video of Jay Pharaoh's celebrity impressions basically got him hired. While the emergence of the internet has vastly complicated issues of copyright/ getting paid for your work, Samberg [...]
On this week's SNL, the Digital Short was also the video premiere of "I Just Had Sex," the first single off Lonely Island's upcoming album. You know what you're getting with these guys, but that's really not a bad thing: guest musician singing the hook (in this case, Akon), a silly premise played perfectly, celeb cameos (Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, and John McEnroe) and those ludicrous touches that catch you off guard (fireworks crotches). It's definitely up there with their best songs, and it'll be fun to see what else they've got up their sleeve from this new record.