The first significant breakthrough for him was the music video Lazy Sunday, a performance collaboration with SNL alum Chris Parnell. Lazy Sunday was an undeniable online phenomenon that amassed over five million hits on YouTube.com within a few days and sparked its own legion of Internet imitators. The controversy surrounding the legal ramifications of online video content thrust the story into the media spotlight, highlighting Samberg as the poster-child for a new generation of DIY filmmakers and comics.
The following season, Samberg again made waves with the short video D**k in a Box, starring himself and Justin Timberlake in a spoof on early-‘90s R&B. The song reached unprecedented levels of popularity both online and in print, culminating in Samberg joining Timberlake on stage at Madison Square Garden in February 2007 and performing the song live for more than 18,000 fans. In September 2007, D**k in a Box was honored with a Creative Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
His feature film debut came in August 2007 in Paramount's Hot Rod opposite Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader. Most recently, Samberg was heard last summer on the big screen in Vanguard Animation's release Space Chimps, for which he lent his voice to the main character Ham III, alongside Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines and Stanley Tucci.
Samberg, along with his Lonely Island partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, have recently completed their first full-length album, Incredibad, released by Universal Republic Records earlier this year. Incredibad features old favorites such as D**k in a Box and Natalie's Rap (featuring actress Natalie Portman and Chris Parnell), as well as new musical creations featuring a diverse arsenal of guest-artists, including hip hop impresario T-Pain, Grammy winning superstar Norah Jones, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Bay area rapper and The Click founder E-40, and comedy hellion and Tenacious Dveteran Jack Black.
Prior to joining Saturday Night Live, Samberg performed stand-up comedy in both New York and Los Angeles for seven years and was featured on Comedy Central's Premium Blend in 2005. In addition, he started The Lonely Island with his childhood friends Schaffer and Taccone, who are currently writers on Saturday Night Live. Thanks to their innovative contributions to SNL and their previous work as The Lonely Island, WIRED magazine honored Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone with a Rave Award for Television in 2006, alongside geneticists and fellow online pioneers.
Samberg attended college at UC Santa Cruz and graduated from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts with a film degree in 2000. He currently resides in New York City.
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|Birthday||August 18, 1978 (44)|
|Birthplace||Berkeley, California, USA|
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