Andy Samberg

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Andy Samberg
Samberg at the Time 100 Gala, May 4, 2010
Birth name David Andrew Samberg[1]
Born (1978-08-18) August 18, 1978 (age 35)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Medium Internet, stand-up, music, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 2001–present
Genres Sketch comedy, Situational comedy, Comedy hip hop
Influences Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler
Spouse Joanna Newsom (m. 2013)

David Andrew (Andy) Samberg (born August 18, 1978)[1] is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American actor, comedian, writer, and member of the comedy group The Lonely Island. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005–2012, where he and his fellow The Lonely Island group members have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts, the comical short films and music videos starring Samberg and other members of the SNL cast.[2] He also starred in Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, Hotel Transylvania, That's My Boy, and Celeste and Jesse Forever. He currently stars in the sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine as detective Jake Peralta, for which he won a Golden Globe in early 2014.

Early life[edit]

Samberg was born in Berkeley, California. His mother, Marjorie "Margi" (née Marrow), is an elementary school teacher, and his father, Joe, is a photographer.[3] He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.[4] His family is Jewish, and his maternal grandfather, industrial psychologist and philanthropist Alfred J. Marrow, served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. Samberg has described himself as "not particularly religious."[5][6][7] He is a third cousin of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (their maternal grandfathers were first cousins).[8] Samberg discovered Saturday Night Live as a child, while sneaking past his parents to watch professional wrestling on television. He became obsessed with the show, and his devotion to comedy was frustrating to teachers who felt he was unfocused on his schoolwork.[9] Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996, where he became interested in creative writing, and has stated: "[Writing classes] were the ones that I put all my effort into... that's what I cared about and that's what I ended up doing."[10] He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz, for two years before transferring to New York University, from which he graduated in 2000.[11]


He majored in experimental film, where he starred as "Monkey" in the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot".[12] Before joining the late night comedy show SNL, Samberg was a YouTube and internet star who made his own comedy videos with his two friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. When YouTube was created in 2005, the streaming of their videos became much more widespread over the internet. "With respect to some of these YouTube stars, Hollywood talent agencies have recognized the revenue potential of these entertainers and are signing them into development deals."[13] He became a featured player on the show in part because of the work he'd done on his own sketch comedy website that helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at SNL.[14] Prior to joining its cast, Samberg was (and remains) a member of the comedy troupe The Lonely Island (along with Taccone and Schaffer). The trio began writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005 and released their debut album, Incredibad, in 2009. Samberg has appeared in numerous theatrical films, commercials, music videos and has hosted special events, including the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. In 2012, Samberg delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University.[15] In September 2012, he plays Dale Ashbrick in a BBC Three comedy show, Cuckoo.[16] He starred with Adam Sandler twice in That's My Boy and Hotel Transylvania. Samberg stars in a new comedy police show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which premiered on the FOX network on September 17, 2013.[17]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Samberg in 2007

In September 2005, Samberg joined SNL as a featured player along with his two friends as the show's writing staff. Though his live sketch roles were limited in his first year, he appeared in many prerecorded sketches including commercial parodies and various other filmed segments. On December 17, 2005, he and Chris Parnell starred in the Digital Short show "Lazy Sunday", a hip hop song performed by two Manhattanites on a quest to see the film The Chronicles of Narnia. The short quickly became an Internet phenomenon and garnered Samberg significant media and public attention, as did "Dick in a Box," a duet with Justin Timberlake that won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.[2] His comedy troupe's collaboration with T-Pain, the "I'm on a Boat" music video, had over 56 million views on YouTube after debuting on February 7, 2009, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Another digital short, "Motherlover" (also featuring Timberlake), was released on May 10, 2009 (to commemorate Mother's Day), and is a sequel of "Dick in a Box."[18] Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch.[19] On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he had left the show. [20][21]

Celebrity Impressions[edit]

Personal life[edit]

After 5 years of dating, Samberg announced his engagement to musician Joanna Newsom in February 2013 and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California.[22][23] Samberg describes himself as a "superfan" of Newsom's music, and they first met at one of her concerts.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble
2008 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Homeless Man
Space Chimps Ham III Voice
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale Voice
2011 What's Your Number? Gerry Perry
Friends with Benefits Quincy
2012 That's My Boy Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared w/ Adam Sandler)
The Watch Casual Wanker #1 Cameo
Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse Abrams
Hotel Transylvania Jonathan Voice
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader
The To Do List Van
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Brent McHale Voice
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 The 'Bu Aaron 7 episodes
Also writer
2004 Channel 101 Johnny Rice Movie
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Episode: Righteous Brothers
Also writer
House of Cosbys Toothpaste Voice
2 episodes
2005–2012 Saturday Night Live Various 139 episodes
Writer: 17 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for "Dick In A Box") (2007)
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Web Celeb (2010)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for "Motherlover") (2009)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for "Shy Ronnie") (2010)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for "Jack Sparrow) (2011)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for "3 Way (The Golden Rule)") (2011)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for "I Just Had Sex") (2011)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian (2009)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Web Star (2009)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian (2011)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Other Comedian (2012)
2008 Human Giant Jonathan 4 episodes
2009, 2011 American Dad! Ricky the Raptor/Antichrist Voice
2 episodes
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad Voice
The Sarah Silverman Program Troy Bulletinboard Episode: Smellin' of Troy
Parks and Recreation Carl Lorthner Episode: Park Safety
2011, 2014 Adventure Time with Finn & Jake Party Pat, Bear #1 Voice
2 episodes
2012 Portlandia Andy Episode: Mixology
30 Rock Himself Episode: The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell
Spongebob Squarepants Colonel Carper Voice
Episode: Hello Bikini Bottom!
2012 Cuckoo Dale Ashbrick/Cuckoo Former Cast
6 episodes
2013 The Awesomes Kid Crab Voice
Episode: Pilot: Part 2
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jake Peralta Main Cast
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2014)
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Best Actor in a New TV Series (2014)


Year Title Notes
2008 Extreme Movie Co-writer


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  15. ^ Lichter, Allison (May 31, 2012). "Best College Speeches ’12: Samberg, Lynch, and Sorkin Sound Off". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Davies, Hannah J (October 23, 2012). "Have you been watching ... Cuckoo". DC Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ Evans, Bradford. "Andy Samberg's Fox Cop Show Has a Name: 'Brooklyn 99'". Splitsider. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Saturday Night Live – Digital Short: Motherlover". Retrieved 2011-07-24. [dead link]
  19. ^ McGlynn, Katla (December 5, 2012). "Blizzard Man: Robert De Niro Grinds With Diddy In 'SNL' Sketch (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  20. ^ Elber, Lynn (June 4, 2012). "Andy Samberg leaving 'SNL'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  21. ^ Beard, Lanford (June 4, 2012). "Andy Samberg talks leaving 'SNL,' Vanilla Ice skating at MTV Movie Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Andy Samberg Engaged to Joanna Newsom!". Us Weekly. February 25, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ Webber, Stephanie (September 21, 2013). "Saturday Night Live Star Andy Samberg Marries Singer Joanna Newsom -- All the Details!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  24. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 459 - Andy Samberg". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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