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. [...]
Last year, in his third time hosting SNL, Zach Galifianakis gave us a wonderful sketch called "Darrell's House." The sketch came in two parts. The first part was an odd piece that aired live early in the episode, with Galifianakis playing a public access TV show host who barked at an off-screen director to make various specific edits in post: remove a fight with his wife, insert a shot of a laughing crowd at the Apollo, etc. But it was the second part that was the true marvel. At the end of the night, SNL aired a recut version of the sketch with exactly all of the edits Galifianakis [...]
Here's The Lonely Island's latest music video, for the song "Go Kindergarten," which is on their new release The Wack Album, out today. The video features Paul Rudd, Sean Combs, Robyn, and, of course, The Lonely Island guys, and it's the best video they've put out for this album yet.
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 [...]
With SNL's 39th season coming to a close, we're taking a look at the past season with a series of posts examining the highs, lows, and other memorable moments from the past eight months. Here we recall some of our favorite sketches from the season — both live sketches and videos.
Season 39 of SNL certainly hasn't been the most popular among viewers, with its first half bogged down with criticism over the lack of diversity in the cast, and its second half attacked (often unfairly) for uneven writing under new head writer Colin Jost. Even though the show hired Sasheer Zamata (along with two black female writers), and the script [...]
Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island were not the first to produce pre-recorded material for Saturday Night Live. The show has a long tradition of commercial parodies, short films by directors like Albert Brooks and Tom Schiller, and animated work like Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse sketches. They weren’t even the first to use the “SNL Digital Short” tag. What they did do, was usher SNL into the age of digital online content in a time when it needed to tap into that relevance more than ever. And because they were able to tap into the early rising of the online video tide, as well as produce work prodigiously [...]
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:
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 video in the Lonely Island's Wack Wednesdays video series in anticipation of the June 11th release of their new album The Wack Album. It's called "Go Kindergarten" and features Robyn, although neither The Lonely Island guys nor Robyn appear in the "Blurred Lines"-inspired music video (unless they're some of the people wearing bags over their heads).
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 – [...]
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."
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