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David A. J. Samberg[1] (born August 18, 1978)[2] is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, 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 his fellow group members and he have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts.[3]

Andy Samberg
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Samberg in 2016
Born
David A. J. Samberg

(1978-08-18) August 18, 1978 (age 41)
ResidenceMoorcrest, Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
West Village, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
New York University (BA)
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, musician
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)
Joanna Newsom (m. 2013)
Children1
RelativesAlfred J. Marrow (grandfather)
Comedy career
MediumFilm, internet, music, television
GenresImprovisational comedy, sketch comedy, physical comedy, anti-humor, musical comedy
Websitewww.thelonelyisland.com

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) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016). Samberg has had lead voice roles in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise (2009-2013), the Hotel Transylvania film series (2012-2018) and Storks (2016).

Since 2013, he has starred as Jake Peralta on Fox, and later NBC, police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, for which he is also a producer. For his work on the show, he was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.[4]

Early life and backgroundEdit

Samberg was born in Berkeley, California, on August 18, 1978.[2] His mother, "Margi" (Marrow), is an elementary school teacher, and his father, Joe, is a photographer.[5] He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.[6] At age 5, he told his parents that he wanted to change his name to Andy.[7][8] Samberg was raised in a Jewish family, and describes himself as "not particularly religious."[9][10][11][12]

In a 2019 episode of Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Samberg discovered that his mother Marjorie, who was adopted by Jewish parents, is the biological daughter of a Sicilian father (Salvatore Maida) who immigrated in 1925, and a German-Jewish refugee mother (Ellen Philipsborn), who had come to the U.S. in 1938; they met in San Francisco.[13] Samberg's adoptive grandfather was industrial psychologist and Jewish philanthropist Alfred J. Marrow,[14] through whom he is a third cousin to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.[15]

Samberg attended elementary school with his future Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star Chelsea Peretti.[16] He 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.[17] 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 [he] put all [his] effort into... that's what [he] cared about and that's what [he] ended up doing".[18] He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz for two years[19] before transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 2000.[20] Writer Murray Miller was his roommate.[21]

CareerEdit

Acting and filmmakingEdit

 
Samberg in 2006

Samberg majored in experimental film. He became an online star and made his own comedy videos with his two friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.[22] When YouTube was created in 2005, the streaming of their videos became much more widespread. Samberg became a featured player on Saturday Night Live in part because of the work he had done on his sketch comedy website TheLonelyIsland.com, which helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at Saturday Night Live.[23] 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,[24] and starred with Adam Sandler in That's My Boy and Hotel Transylvania as the main character, Jonathan, a role he reprised for its sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.[25] In September 2012, Samberg played Cuckoo in the BAFTA nominated BBC Three series Cuckoo,[26] and in 2013 landed the role of Detective Jake Peralta in NBC's police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine which first aired on September 17 of the same year[27] and led to Samberg winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014 for his role as Peralta. Samberg hosted the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015.[28][29][30] Recently, he co-hosted the 76th Golden Globe Awards with Sandra Oh on January 6, 2019.

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.[31]

Saturday Night LiveEdit

In September 2005, Samberg joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player along with Schaffer and Taccone 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, Chris Parnell and he 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 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] The video for his comedy troupe's collaboration with T-Pain, "I'm on a Boat", had over 56 million views on YouTube, after debuting on February 7, 2009. The song 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".[32] Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch.[33] On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he had left the show.[34][35] He returned to the show as the host on the Season 39 finale in 2014[36] and in the 40th anniversary special's Digital Short.

Personal lifeEdit

Samberg is married to musician Joanna Newsom. He once described himself as a "superfan". They met at one of her concerts.[37][38] After five years of dating, Samberg proposed to her in February 2013, and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California,[39][40][41] with Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers serving as the wedding's groomsman.[42] In March 2014, Samberg and Newsom purchased the Moorcrest estate in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles, California.[43] They also own a home in the West Village in New York City.[44] The couple announced the birth of their daughter in August 2017.[45]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble
2008 Space Chimps Ham III Voice
Extreme Movie N/A Co-writer
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist Homeless Man
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale Voice
2011 Friends with Benefits Quincy
What's Your Number? Gerry Perry
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse Abrams
That's My Boy Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger
The Watch Casual Wanker #1 Cameo
Hotel Transylvania Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Voice
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader Cameo
The To Do List Van King
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Brent McHale Voice
2014 Neighbors Toga #1 Cameo
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Voice
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Conner "Kid Conner" Friel/Conner4Real Also producer and writer
Storks Junior Voice
2017 Take the 10 Johnny
Brigsby Bear Eric Also producer[46]
Puppy! Jonathan "Johnny" Loughran Voice; short film
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Voice
TBA Palm Springs Nyles Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 The 'Bu Aaron 8 episodes; also writer
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Episode: "Righteous Brothers"
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 2009 MTV Movie Awards Himself (host) Television special
2009–2011 American Dad! Ricky the Raptor / Anti-Christ (voices) 2 episodes
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad (voice) Television film
The Sarah Silverman Program Troy Bulletinboard Episode: "Smellin' of Troy"
Parks and Recreation Carl Lorthner Episode: "Park Safety"
2011–2017 Adventure Time Various voices 3 episodes
2012 Portlandia Andy Episode: "Mixologist"
30 Rock Himself Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"
SpongeBob SquarePants Colonel Carper (voice) Episode: "Hello Bikini Bottom!"
Cuckoo Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick 7 episodes
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 5 episodes
2013 28th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
The Awesomes Kid Crab (voice) Episode: "Pilot: Part 2"
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Himself (roaster) 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 The Eric Andre Show Eric Andre Episode: "Pauly D & Rick Springfield"
Major Lazer Dr Nerd/Dr Bass Drop (voice) 2 episodes
7 Days in Hell Aaron Williams Television film; also executive producer
67th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) Television special[47]
2016 Party Over Here N/A Creator and executive producer
New Girl Jake Peralta Episode: "Homecoming"
2017 Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special Kenny G Television special
Master of None Nicolas Cage (voice) Episode: "New York, I Love You"
Tour de Pharmacy Marty Hass Television film; also executive producer
Lady Dynamite Himself 2 episodes
2018 Alone Together N/A Executive producer
Bob's Burgers Brett (voice) Episode: "Sleeping with the Frenemy"
2019 76th Golden Globe Awards Himself (co-host) Television special
PEN15 N/A Executive producer
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Paul Episode: "We Used to Watch This at My Old Work"; also executive producer
The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Jose Canseco Television special; also executive producer
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Heretic (skekGra) (voice) Netflix series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics[48] Saturday Night Live Won
2009
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics[49] Nominated
Teen Choice Award Web Star[50] Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian[50] Nominated
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Web Celeb[51] Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian[52] Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics[53] Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian[54] Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Best Actor in a New TV Series[55] Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy[56] Won
American Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actor – TV[57] Won
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy[58] Nominated
EWwy Award Best Actor, Comedy[59] Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy[60] Nominated
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actor[61] Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy[62] Nominated
Poppy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series[63] Won
2017 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actor[64] Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Comedy TV Actor[65] Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedy TV Actor[66] Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series[67] Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actor[68] Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Special, Live The 76th Annual Golden Globes Awards Nominated

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