Let’s go back to: SNL Digital Shorts
With Andy Samberg hosting the Emmys this weekend, it seems fitting to throwback to the SNL Digital Shorts that The Lonely Island wrote for the show. The Lonely Island was a comedy group made up of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, three guys from Berkeley, California who went on to be writers for Saturday Night Live and, of course, Andy became a huge name in comedy after he became a cast member on the show. SNL Digital Shorts replaced Saturday TV FunHouse when Andy, Jorma, and Akiva joined the show as writers and it quickly became a fan favorite after the breakout hit "Lazy Sunday", which we profiled for Throwback Thursday way back in March. Each Digital Short seemed to outdo the next by adding cameos by Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Akon, Kendrick Lamar, Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Bieber, Susan Sarandon, and so many more big-name celebrities. They even made a special Digital Short for the 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Live.
Why it means something to you or to our podcast: I've been a huge fan of Saturday Night Live ever since I was in middle school, which was the time that my parents allowed me to watch it. I actually met Andy Samberg shortly after the release of "Lazy Sunday" and I think I liked him even more after that because he was such a nice guy. It's amazing that three friends can go from being YouTube famous (when YouTube was just starting out) to huge stars in only a matter of a few years. The Lonely Island's Digital Shorts are an iconic part of SNL history and will surely go down as one of the classics that people will still be recalling years later.
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-- Kelly Lee