Samberg in 2010
August 18, 1978 |
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Medium||Film, internet, music, television|
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Cruz
New York University (BA)
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, physical comedy, anti-humor, musical comedy|
|Spouse||Joanna Newsom (m. 2013)|
David Andrew J. Samberg (born 18 August 1978), is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker and musician. He is a member of the comedy music group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2012), where he and his fellow group members have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts. He occasionally goes by the stage name Young Sandwich.
Samberg has starred in several films, including Hot Rod (2007), I Love You, Man (2009), That's My Boy (2012), Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) and Storks (2016). He currently stars in the police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.
Samberg was born in Berkeley, California. His mother, Marjorie "Margi" (née Marrow), is an elementary school teacher, and his father, Joe, is a photographer. He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow. He is Jewish, although he describes himself as "not particularly religious." His third cousin is U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin.
Samberg attended elementary school with his Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star Chelsea Peretti. Samberg discovered Saturday Night Live as a child, while sneaking past his parents to watch professional wrestling on television. He was obsessed with the show and his devotion to comedy was frustrating to teachers who felt he was distracted from his schoolwork. Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996, where he became interested in creative writing and has stated that "[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." 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. Writer Murray Miller was his roommate.
Acting and filmmaking
Samberg majored in experimental film, including the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot" as Monkey. He became a YouTube and internet star and 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. Samberg became a featured player on SNL in part because of the work he had done on their sketch comedy website TheLonelyIsland.com, which helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at SNL. 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 appeared in numerous theatrical films, commercials, music videos and hosted special events, including the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. In 2012, Samberg delivered the Class Day speech at Harvard University, and starred with Adam Sandler in That's My Boy and Hotel Transylvania (a role he reprised for its sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation). In September 2012, Samberg played Cuckoo in the BAFTA nominated BBC Three series Cuckoo, and currently stars as Detective Jake Peralta in Fox's police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine which first aired on September 17, 2013, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.
Samberg hosted the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015, during which in his opening monologue, he referred to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump as possibly being racist, telling the studio and television audience "Well, I've gotta say, sure, Donald Trump seems racist. Let's see what else?" and U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as having an unkempt appearance: "Is it just me or does Bernie Sanders always seem like his flight is delayed? Guy’s a mess!"
Samberg starred in Sleater-Kinney's "No Cities to Love" video along with other celebrities such as Fred Armisen, Ellen Page, and Norman Reedus. On May 16, 2016, Samberg and the Lonely Island performed their 2009 hit "I'm on a Boat" with classroom instruments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Saturday Night Live
In September 2005, Samberg joined Saturday Night Live 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 Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 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. 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." Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch. On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he had left the show. He returned to the show as the host on the Season 39 finale in 2014.
Samberg has described himself as a "superfan" of musician Joanna Newsom, whom he first met at one of her concerts. After five years of dating, Samberg proposed to her in February 2013, and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California, with Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers serving as the wedding's groomsman. They have a daughter.
|2007||Hot Rod||Rod Kimble|
|2008||Space Chimps||Ham III (voice)|
|2008||Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist||Homeless Man|
|2009||I Love You, Man||Robbie Klaven|
|2009||Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs||Brent McHale (voice)|
|2011||Friends with Benefits||Quincy|
|2011||What's Your Number?||Gerry Perry|
|2012||That's My Boy||Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger|
|2012||The Watch||Casual Wanker #1||Cameo|
|2012||Celeste and Jesse Forever||Jesse Abrams|
|2012||Hotel Transylvania||Jonathan Loughran (voice)|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Male Cheerleader||Cameo|
|2013||The To Do List||Van King|
|2013||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||Brent McHale (voice)|
|2015||Hotel Transylvania 2||Jonathan Loughran (voice)|
|2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Conner "Kid Conner" Friel/Conner4Real||Also producer and writer|
|2017||Take the 10||Johnny|
|2017||Brigsby Bear||Eric||Also producer|
|2017||Puppy!||Jonathan Loughran (voice)||Short film|
|2018||Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation||Jonathan Loughran (voice)||In production|
|2003–2004||The 'Bu||Aaron||8 episodes; also writer|
|2005||Arrested Development||Stage Manager||Episode: "Righteous Brothers"|
|2005||House of Cosbys||Cosby Team TriOsby (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005–2012||Saturday Night Live||Various Characters||139 episodes; also writer|
|2008||Human Giant||Jonathan||4 episodes|
|2009, 2011||American Dad!||Ricky the Raptor / Anti-Christ (voices)||2 episodes|
|2010||Freaknik: The Musical||Chad (voice)||Television film|
|2010||The Sarah Silverman Program||Troy Bulletinboard||Episode: "Smellin' of Troy"|
|2010||Parks and Recreation||Carl Lorthner||Episode: "Park Safety"|
|2011–2017||Adventure Time||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2011||Shark Week||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2012||30 Rock||Himself||Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"|
|2012||SpongeBob SquarePants||Colonel Carper (voice)||Episode: "Hello Bikini Bottom!"|
|2012||Cuckoo||Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick||7 episodes|
|2012–2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||5 episodes|
|2013||28th Independent Spirit Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2013||The Awesomes||Kid Crab (voice)||Episode: "Pilot: Part 2"|
|2013||Comedy Central Roast of James Franco||Himself||Television special|
|2013–present||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Jake Peralta||Main role; also producer|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"|
|2015||Major Lazer||Dr Nerd/Dr Bass Drop (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||7 Days in Hell||Aaron Williams||Television film; also executive producer|
|2015||67th Primetime Emmy Awards||Himself (host)||Television special|
|2016||Party Over Here||Creator and executive producer|
|2016||Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe||Himself||Television special|
|2016||New Girl||Jake Peralta||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|2017||Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special||Kenny G||Variety special|
|2017||Master of None||Nicolas Cage (voice)||Episode: "New York, I Love You"|
|2017||Tour de Pharmacy||Marty Hass||Television film; also executive producer|
|2017||The Gong Show||Himself (judge)||Episode: "Megan Fox/Andy Samberg/Maya Rudolph"|
|2017||Lady Dynamite||Himself||2 episodes|
|2018-present||Alone Together||Executive producer|
Awards and nominations
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|2007||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Saturday Night Live||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Web Star||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedian||Nominated|
|2010||People's Choice Award||Favorite Web Celeb||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedian||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedian||Nominated|
|2014||People's Choice Award||Best Actor in a New TV Series||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Won|
|American Comedy Awards||Best Comedy Actor – TV||Won|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Nominated|
|EWwy Award||Best Actor, Comedy||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Nominated|
|2016||People's Choice Award||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||Nominated|
|Poppy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2017||People's Choice Award||Favorite Comedic TV Actor||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Comedy TV Actor||Nominated|
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