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Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg
Samberg in May 2010
Birth name David A. J. Samberg
Born (1978-08-18) August 18, 1978 (age 37)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Medium Film, internet, music, stand-up, television
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts
University of California, Santa Cruz
Years active 2001–present
Genres Sketch comedy, situational comedy, comedy hip hop
Influences Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler
Spouse Joanna Newsom (m. 2013)[1]

David A. J. "Andy" Samberg[2] (born August 18, 1978)[2] is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and producer. He is a member of the comedy 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.[3]

Samberg has starred in films, such as Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That's My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Hotel Transylvania. He currently stars in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and won a Golden Globe in 2014.

Early life

Samberg was born in Berkeley, California. His mother, Marjorie "Margi" (née Marrow), is an elementary school teacher and his father, Joe, is a photographer.[4] He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.[5] 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"[6][7][8] and is a third cousin of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin (their maternal grandfathers were first cousins).[9] 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 on his schoolwork.[10] 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."[11] He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz, for two years before transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 2000.[12]


Samberg majored in experimental film, including the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot" as Monkey.[13] Before joining the late night comedy show SNL, 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 the show in part because of the work he had 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] and starred with Adam Sandler in That's My Boy, Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2.[16] In September 2012, Samberg played Dale Ashbrick in the BBC Three series Cuckoo[17] and now stars as detective Jake Peralta in FOX's police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine which first aired on September 17, 2013.[18]

Saturday Night Live

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 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.[3] 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."[19] Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch.[20] On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he had left the show.[21][22] He returned to the show as the host on the Season 39 finale in 2014.[23]

Celebrity impressions

Personal life

After five 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.[24][25] In March 2014, Samberg and Newsom purchased the estate Moorcrest in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, which in the 1920s was owned by the parents of actress Mary Astor and prior to that was rented by Charlie Chaplin.[26] Samberg describes himself as a "superfan" of Newsom's music and they first met at one of her concerts.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble
2008 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Homeless Man
2008 Space Chimps Ham III Voice
2008 Extreme Movie Co-writer
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven Nominated – Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2009 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale Voice
2011 What's Your Number? Gerry Perry
2011 Friends with Benefits Quincy
2012 That's My Boy Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with Adam Sandler)
2012 The Watch Casual Wanker #1 Cameo
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse Abrams
2012 Hotel Transylvania Jonathan Voice
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader
2013 The To Do List Van King
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Brent McHale Voice
2014 Neighbors Toga #1 Cameo
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Jonathan Voice
2016 Conner4real Filming
Producer and Writer


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 The 'Bu Aaron Writer
7 episodes
2004 Channel 101 Johnny Rice Movie
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Episode: "Righteous Brothers"
2005 House of Cosbys Toothpaste (voice) 2 episodes
2005–2012 Saturday Night Live Various Characters Writer
139 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 Comedian (2012)
2008 Human Giant Jonathan 4 episodes
2009–2011 American Dad! Ricky the Raptor 2 episodes
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad (voice) Movie
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Troy Bulletinboard Episode: "Smellin' of Troy"
2010 Parks and Recreation Carl Lorthner Episode: "Park Safety"
2011, 2014 Adventure Time Party Pat (voice) 2 episodes
2012 Portlandia Andy Episode: "Mixology"
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
2012–2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 3 episodes
2013 28th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Special
2013 The Awesomes Kid Crab (voice) Episode: "Pilot: Part 2"
2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Himself Special
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jake Peralta 41 episodes
American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actor – TV (2014)
Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (2014)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2014)
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Series (2014)
Nominated – GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (2014)
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Best Actor in a New TV Series (2014)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy (2014)
2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Young Higgins Episode: "Jennifer Lawrence/Craig Robinson/A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) TV special[28]
2015 Major Lazer Dr Nerd/Dr Bass Drop Episode: "Treble in Paradise"


  1. ^ "Andy Samberg, Joanna Newsom Wedding Details Revealed". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "California Birth Index, 1905–1995". State of California; Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. 
  3. ^ a b "2007 Emmy Winners: The complete list". Daily News (New York). 17 September 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ Grant, Lee (August 3, 2007). "The three amigos". SignOnSanDiego. Retrieved August 6, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Andy Samberg Biography | Family, Companions". Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  6. ^ Bloom, Nate (August 2, 2007). "Celebrity Jews". Retrieved August 6, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Q&A with Andy Samberg: Meet the creative genius",, 9 November 2008; retrieved 14 May 2009.
  8. ^ Andy Samberg | Interview Time Out Chicago. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Harrison Liss' Ancestors:Information about Alfred Marrow". 1905-03-08. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  10. ^ Crabbe, Nathan (March 23, 2010). "Andy Samberg starting yearning for 'SNL' at about age 8". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ Salter, Christina (April 15, 2008). "Q&A with Andy Samberg". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Opto Design. "NYU Alumni Magazine: Live from New York, It's…". 
  13. ^ "Monkey vs. Robot". 25 November 2005. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  14. ^ Rosenberg, Yuval. "Target: Dream Job." Fast Company 104.April 2006 (2006): 103–04. Fast Company. Washington, D.C. : Fast Co. Inc, 1 Apr. 2006. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <>.
  15. ^ Lichter, Allison (May 31, 2012). "Best College Speeches ’12: Samberg, Lynch, and Sorkin Sound Off". <span />Wall Street Journal<span />. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Hotel Transylvania 2
  17. ^ Davies, Hannah J (October 23, 2012). "Have you been watching ... Cuckoo". DC Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  18. ^ Evans, Bradford. "Andy Samberg's Fox Cop Show Has a Name: 'Brooklyn 99'". Splitsider. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Saturday Night Live – Digital Short: Motherlover". NBC. Retrieved 2011-07-24. [dead link]
  20. ^ McGlynn, Katla (December 5, 2012). "Blizzard Man: Robert De Niro Grinds With Diddy In 'SNL' Sketch (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  21. ^ Elber, Lynn (June 4, 2012). "Andy Samberg leaving 'SNL'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  22. ^ Beard, Lanford (June 4, 2012). "Andy Samberg talks leaving 'SNL,' Vanilla Ice skating at MTV Movie Awards". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  23. ^ Samberg Returns to SNL with Hilarious Rapid-Fire Impressions Mediaite. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  24. ^ "Andy Samberg Engaged to Joanna Newsom!". Us Weekly. February 25, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  25. ^ Webber, Stephanie (September 21, 2013). "Saturday Night Live Star Andy Samberg Marries Singer Joanna Newsom -- All the Details!". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  26. ^ Barragan, Bianca (2014-07-16). "Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom Buy the Famous Moorcrest". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  27. ^ "WTF with Marc Maron Podcast - Episode 459 - Andy Samberg". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  28. ^ "Andy Samberg To Host 2015 Emmy Awards For Fox". Nellie Andreeva. February 4, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 

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