Andy Samberg biography

Andy Samberg

Date of Birth: August 18, 1978

Born and raised in Berkely, California, Andy Samberg attended NYU film school and UC Santa Cruz. Together with childhood friends Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, he formed a group called The Lonely Island. The Lonely Island wrote, performed and directed several short films that aired on Web site Channel 101.com.

While working as an assistant on the sitcom Spin City, his boss introduced the trio to an agent, who landed them a job writing for the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. There they met Jimmy Fallon, who arranged an audition for them for Saturday Night Live. Andy was cast as a performer, while Taccone and Schaffer were hired as writers. During his first season on SNL, Andy landed his first TV acting gig, with a bit part on Arrested Development.

Due to the success of their digital short Lazy Sunday, which was downloaded over a million times the day after it aired on SNL, Paramount executives saw Andy as upcoming big comedy star, similar to SNL alumni Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell, and cast him as the lead in the motion picture Hot Rod (2007), co-starring Taccone, directed by Schaffer and produced by Lorne Michaels. He went on to star in several other popular comedies, such as I Love You, Man (2009) with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, Friends with Benefits alongside Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake and What's Your Number? with Anna Faris.

In 2012, Andy teamed up with Adam Sandler for the comedy That's My Boy and then with Rashida Jones for Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012). Andy also provided the voice of Johnny, a human boy visiting a resort for monsters in the animated film Hotel Transylvania (2012), which was such a hit that he was asked to reprise the voice in the sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018). He has also starred in The To Do List (2013) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).

In 2013, Andy married singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom after dating for five years. Their daughter was born in 2017.

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