Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Lonely Island
Digital shorts are sweeping the nation. Andy Samberg and his group of friends, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (aka the Dudes) are starting a new fad on Saturday Night Live. Samberg is the cast member that performs these skits, gaining most public recognition, and the three of them write them.
The three of them met in junior high school in California, parted ways for college, and reunited afterwards. They formed the Lonely Island, made some videos that impressed folks at SNL, and all landed writing gigs. They have transformed SNL with their digital shorts. It's such a creative idea, and what they come up with is brilliant. Sometimes, the digital shorts are quite lacking, but lately they have been gold.
Could you imagine such a sweet gig? Working on SNL with your two best friends and making hilarious videos with major superstars who come every week? It's just insane to think about. And they're all so young! They've got a sick gig over there in New York.
The Lonely Island just put out a CD called Incredibad, another name they sometimes go by. The CD features songs from their digital shorts on SNL:
1. Who Said We're Wack?
2. Santana, DVX
3. Jizz in My Pants
4. I'm on a Boat
5. Sax Man
6. Lazy Sunday
7. Normal Guy
10. Like a Boss
11. We Like Sportz
13. Ras Trent
14. Dick in a Box
15. The Old Saloon
16. Punch You in the Jeans
17. Space Olympics
18. Natalie's Rap
It also features a DVD with many of those songs on it along with a few others ("Just 2 Guyz" and "Bing Bong Brothers.")
Many of those songs were digital shorts first, many with some great cameo appearances such as Natalie Portman, Justin Timberlake, T Payne, Jack Black, Chris Parnell, and Norah Jones. They're absolutely hilarious, but it might be funnier if you watch them first as digital shorts.
Watch their digital shorts at this website.
I would recommend watching Extreme Challenge, the Laser Cats episodes, the Japanese Office, Jizz in My Pants, Body Fuzion, Peyote, Pep Talk, or Doppelganger. Most of them are amazing; some of them can be a little outrageous or strange.
Or, watch some of their videos and check out the latest with The Lonely Island at their new website here.
They really are absolutely hilarious. This trio has a lot of talent, and they need to be watched. They came out with their first full length movie, Hot Rod, a few years ago. That movie was pretty funny, and I know that that movie will be their start to make more movies in the future. For a first movie, they did incredible.
Even though they have flopped in the past, two failed attempts at television pilots for their own shows both with MTV and Fox (called Awesometown), they are still on top and successful. Definitely keep an eye on these guys; they aren't going anywhere and they are in the spotlight for the comedic eye.
So, what do you think of The Lonely Island?