The fall TV season kicked off this week, with NBC being the first of the major networks to launch new shows. It’s really impressive any time a TV show makes it to air because it’s such an arduous process to even get a pilot episode made, let alone getting a show picked up to series. There are so many steps at which things can completely fall apart when developing a TV show that it’s a wonder so many shows get made at all.
Because most networks develop far more pilots than they need, each network has its own back catalogue of rejected shows that never made it to air. [...]
Lonely Island staged these amazing-looking album covers for GQ, and all we can do about it is buy sweaters? SWEATERS? Will sweaters have us humming catchy tunes about incredibly mundane things all day? Will sweaters produce music videos that look like 1970s swingers party populated by Eurotrashy amateur DJs? Will sweaters introduce us to Justin Timberlake? (Note: if you know of a sweater that does any of these things, please tell me so I can buy it.)
There's also an interview with the Three Islandeers, a terrible alternate name I just invented, in which they reveal that Michael Bolton was the first and only choice for the [...]
On Saturday, we saw the premiere of the new Lonely Island video, which heavily features a scene-stealing Michael Bolton who can't help but drop movie references in his choruses. And then today on Funny or Die, there's a new video featuring Rob Riggle and Lauryn Kahn as two of the folks behind Bolton's truly epic "Said I Loved You…But I Lied" video. I assume the next stop for Bolton will be on WTF with Marc Maron.
Here's a gem from the Lonely Island "vaults," in which our heroes host MTV's Spring Break broadcast from Daytona beach in 1988. Sure, Andy Samberg was 10 in 1988, but I'm going to go ahead and believe that this is a found VHS that someone taped off the air 23 years ago. Those guys aged well!
In improbably-famous bland-rocker Jack Johnson's new video for At or With Me, he's joined by Andy Samberg and the other Lonely Island guys for what is almost definitely the most aggressive Jack Johnson concert ever.
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 [...]
Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island [Universal Republic]
But comedians didn't restrict themselves to the comedy-specific categories alone. Both Tina Fey's Bossypants and Betty White's If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) are nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Seth MacFarlane is up for Best [...]
When they aren't pushing rival comedians down the stars Showgirls-style or coaching more monster voice out of Nicki Minaj ("She would go in there and make it all grimy and awesome," Jorma Taccone recalls ), the gang is keeping it nice on Lonely Island's Turtleneck & Chains album, due out May 10. "We’ve always subscribed to comedy that, when at all possible, isn’t making fun of other people. So the alternative to that is making fun of ourselves. At least we’re in control of that," says Andy Samberg.
And is there anything sweeter than the dulcet voice of one Mr. Michael Bolton, who provided guest vocals on the [...]
As I promised last Friday (EXCLUSIVE!!! SCOOPED!!!!!!! etc.), John Waters introduced the latest Lonely Island music video, "The Creep," this weekend. And he was clearly a big influence on the entire video, what with everyone rocking his signature pencil moustache. Mike Sragow of the Baltimore Sun got in touch with the iconic director to talk about how he got involved with the Lonely Island boys:
I always get a lot of weird offers and sometimes I take them, especially if it’s a chance to cross over to a big audience and a young audience. I was in San Francisco when I got the offer. They sent the song, [...]
"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.
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