Andy Samberg Bio: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Andy Samberg is and American actor, comedian, singer, rapper and producer. He is a member of the comedy band The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012.
His film credits include roles in Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That’s My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Hotel Transylvania. Samberg, 37, returned to television in 2013 in a starring role in police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.
Andy Samberg: Early Life
Samberg was born August 18, 1978, in Berkeley, Calif., to Jewish parents, Joe and Marjorie Samberg. His father is a photographer and his mother is an elementary school teacher. He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.
Exposed to Saturday Night Live as a young child, Samberg became obsessed with the show and devoted his time to comedy from a very early age, much to the chagrin of his teachers who felt he was always distracted from his schoolwork.
Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996, at which he excelled in creative writing classes. He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz for two years before transferring to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 2000.
Andy Samberg: Career
Samberg’s friendship with lifelong pals Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone proved to be the catalyst for his success. The trio formed comedy rap band The Lonely Island and gained worldwide attention with a series of hilarious YouTube videos. The group first piqued public interest with The OC spoof, The ‘Bu which lead to a writing job on 2005 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon took a liking to the trio and recommended them to SNL producer Lorne Michaels. In 2005 all three members were hired as writers for SNL, with Samberg also cast as a featured player. For his audition, Samberg impersonated a 1980s jogger, commenting on the recession.
The boys were assigned their own division at the program, SNL Digital Shorts, which led to numerous viral videos, including “Dick in a Box,” “Jizz in My Pants,” “I’m on a Boat,” “Like a Boss,” “I Just Had Sex,” “Jack Sparrow” and “YOLO.”
Their musical comedic work has comprised three full studio albums: Incredibad (2009), Turtleneck & Chain (2011), and The Wack Album (2013). The three retired from SNL in the early 2010s, but occasionally make guest appearances.
Speaking about the incredible success their friendship has brought them in an exclusive interview with uInterview, the boys said “you gotta work on your friendships” and joked that their continued professional relationship was “a lot of work.” The boys were promoting The Wack Album and stated the 2013 effort was their best and most clever album to date.
Following his success on SNL, Samberg was cast in a number of hit comedy films, including Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That’s My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Hotel Transylvania.
He hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009 and delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University in 2012.
In 2013 he began a starring role in hit Fox police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.
Samberg hosted the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015.
Andy Samberg: Personal Life
After five years of dating, Samberg proposed to musician Joanna Newsom in February 2013 and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, Calif. Samberg’s Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers served as groomsman at the wedding. Samberg has described himself as a “superfan” of Newsom’s music and they first met at one of her concerts.
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