Jorma Taccone

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Jorma Taccone
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Taccone in 2007
Birth name Jorma Christopher Taccone[1]
Born (1977-03-19) March 19, 1977 (age 39)
Berkeley, California, United States
Medium Internet, stand-up, music, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 2001–present
Genres Sketch comedy, Situational comedy, Comedy hip hop
Spouse Marielle Heller (June 30, 2007–present)
Children 1
Website thelonelyisland.com

Jorma Christopher "Jorm" Taccone (/ˈjɔːrmə təˈkni/; born March 19, 1977) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, writer, record producer, and musician. Taccone is one third of the sketch comedy troupe The Lonely Island along with childhood friends Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer. In 2010, he co-wrote and directed the SNL spin-off film MacGruber, which was his directorial debut. Taccone directed his second feature with Akiva Schaffer, the musical comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in which he also co-wrote and co-starred with Schaffer and fellow member Andy Samberg. The film was released on June 3, 2016 to postive reviews but was a box office bomb.

Personal life[edit]

Taccone was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Sue Ellen and Tony Taccone, who is the artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.[2] His father is of half Italian and half Puerto Rican descent.[3] He is a graduate of UCLA Film School.[4] Jorma's brother, Asa Taccone, is a member of the band Electric Guest. He is married to Marielle Heller, with whom he has a child (born December 12, 2014),[5] and lives in New York City.

Career[edit]

In Fall 2005, Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer joined the staff of NBC's late night variety show Saturday Night Live. Since then, The Lonely Island has been responsible for creating more than 100 SNL Digital Short films including the YouTube favorites "Lazy Sunday" (featuring Chris Parnell), "Jizz in My Pants", "I'm on a Boat" (featuring T-Pain) and the Emmy-winning "Dick in a Box" (featuring Justin Timberlake). Taccone produces much of the music for The Lonely Island including Lazy Sunday, "Dick in a Box" and many other tracks that appear on The Lonely Island's first album Incredibad which was released February 2009. As a director, Taccone is responsible for the SNL shorts MacGruber, Business Meeting, Sloths, Giraffes, and others. He also directed a MacGruber Pepsi commercial spot for the 43rd Super Bowl which aired February 1, 2009.

In 2007, Taccone co-starred in Paramount's Hot Rod, (starring Andy Samberg, directed by Akiva Schaffer). Taccone is also one of the principal actors in the music video "Jizz in My Pants". He also plays Guy #2 in "We Like Sportz", reprising the role from "Just 2 Guyz". Taccone played the lead role of Brett in The Lonely Island's The ’Bu, the group's record-breaking contribution to Channel 101,[6] where he played a ninja who did not belong. The ’Bu, a parody of The OC, also starred Sarah Chalke (Roseanne, Scrubs) as Melissa and Andy Samberg as Aaron. In the group's first Channel 101 show, "ITV Buzz Countdown", Taccone played Chris Hoffman, a fictional VJ on a parody of MTV's Total Request Live. He made a cameo appearance in Role Models as Mitch from Graphics, in which he sings a karaoke version of the Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane", he co-stars in the Gnarls Barkley music video for the song "Who's Gonna Save My Soul".

Taccone appeared as Cha-Ka in Universal's 2009 film Land of the Lost, a role which got him a nomination for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. The film also starred Will Ferrell. In August 2009, he directed his first film, an adaptation of the Saturday Night Live sketch MacGruber and was featured as part of the group male vocals on Lightspeed Champion's album Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You. As of SNL's 36th season, Jorma is no longer cited in the end credits, though he is still listed on the NBC website as a writer and holds the unofficial title of "Sexiest Member of Lonely Island". According to his band's website, thelonelyisland.com, however, "the Dudes" are still responsible for the SNL Digital Shorts. It was later confirmed that Jorma had left Saturday Night Live, though he worked on some shorts in the 36th season.[7]

Taccone acted in season 5 of MyDamnChannel's Wainy Days and is the Director of the AT&T Wireless It's Not Complicated television advertising campaign.[8] He also had a recurring role on the HBO show Girls, as the character Booth Jonathan.

In 2015 Taccone appeared in the highly popular kickstarter short movie Kung Fury. In his role as Adolf Hitler (A.K.A. Kung-Führer) he travels forward in time in the pursuit of becoming the ultimate Kung Fu master in order to take over the world. Unfortunately for Hitler, in Terminator-esque fashion the true kung-fu master, Kung Fury, travels back to Hitler's own time in order to put a stop to his plans for world domination.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Kevin Powell Also writer (uncredited)
2008 Extreme Movie Writer
Role Models Mitch from Graphics Cameo
2009 Land of the Lost Cha-Ka Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2010 MacGruber Director, writer
2012 The Watch Guy Cameo (with The Lonely Island)
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader Cameo (with The Lonely Island)
2014 The Lego Movie William Shakespeare (voice)
Neighbors Toga #3 Cameo (with The Lonely Island
2015 Kung Fury Adolf Hitler
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Owen[9] Co-director with Akiva Schaffer, writer, and producer
Storks Miscellaneous Stork

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2014 Saturday Night Live Various Also writer
2011–2012 Up All Night Benjamin "B-Ro" Roth Episode: "Working Late and Working It"; also director (1 episode)
2011–2015 Parks and Recreation Roscoe Santangelo 3 episodes; also director (2 episodes)
2012–2013 Girls Booth Jonathan 3 episodes
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Director; Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2013–2014 The League Spazz 3 episodes
2014 Gravity Falls Gabe Bensen (voice) 2 episodes
2014–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 3 episodes
2015 Man Seeking Woman Cupid Episode: "Sizzurp"
2015 Major Lazer Various voices 3 episodes
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Taylor Episode: "Coral Palms Pt. 1" (Season 4)

Videography[edit]

  • "Just 2 Guyz" (2005)
  • "Jizz in My Pants" (2008)
  • "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" (2008)
  • "We Like Sportz" (2008)
  • "I'm on a Boat" (2009)
  • "Like a Boss" (2009)
  • "I Just Had Sex" (2010)
  • "The Creep" (2011)
  • "We're Back" (2011)
  • "We'll Kill U" (2011)
  • "Jack Sparrow" (2011)
  • "American Daydream" (2012)
  • "YOLO" (2013)
  • "Between Two Ferns/Spring Break Anthem" (2013)
  • "Diaper Money" (2013)
  • "We Need Love" (2013)
  • "The Wire" (2013)
  • "Hugs" (2013)
  • "Go Kindergarten" (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KK88-K2Y
  2. ^ "Berkeley Repertory Theatre". Berkeleyrep.org. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  3. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (July 5, 2006), "Tony Taccone: Riding high on his recent successes, theater veteran has big plans for Berkeley Rep". Chronicle Theater Critic. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  4. ^ "Jorma Taccone Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  5. ^ "jorma taccone account". Jorma Taccone. Retrieved 2014-12-25. 
  6. ^ "Channel 101—The Unavoidable Future of Entertainment". Channel101.com. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  7. ^ "AV Club—The Lonely Island". avclub.com. May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  8. ^ "BBDO ATLANTA'S 'IT'S NOT COMPLICATED' FOR AT&T". lbbonline.co. November 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  9. ^ "Popstar- Never Stop Never Stopping Featurette - Owen (2016) - Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone Movie HD -". 

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