Andy Samberg ‘wasn’t aware’ of YouTube before 2005, when he made ‘Lazy Sunday’

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Because I rarely – if ever? – pay attention to Andy Samberg at a gossip-level, I was pleasantly surprised by his Men’s Journal cover story. Did you know that Andy is 41 years old, 42 in April? Did you know that he’s been married to Joanna Newsome since 2013? Did you know that they have a two-year-old daughter and they’ve never released their daughter’s name publicly, and Andy still won’t refer to his daughter by her name in the media? I didn’t know any of those things. I also didn’t realize that Samberg is actually quite… respected and well-liked by colleagues across the board. This Men’s Journal piece quotes several of his female coworkers, and they all are like “he’s a really woke ally to women.” And he still behaves like a big kid who is just happy to be here, so that’s nice. Anyway, you can read the full Men’s Journal cover story here. Some highlights:

He’s super-busy: He’s the star and producer of a long-running network sitcom (rare) that’s beloved by legit comedians (extremely rare) and professionally smart tastemakers like Lin-Manuel Miranda (unheard of). But he’s also quietly—and impressively—sent the elevator back down for the next generation of comics, executive producing two of the funniest (and oddest) streaming hits of the last year—Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson and Hulu’s PEN15. “I’ve been working so much,” he says. “Parenting is a f–k ton of energy and focus.” But here, on set, it’s different. “They gave me a haircut! And no one asked me to feed them!”

The now-infamous “Lazy Sunday” digital short on SNL in 2005: “We were not aware of YouTube until ‘Lazy Sunday.’” The morning after the short aired, Samberg got a call telling him it was all over the internet. “We’d had our own website with streaming capabilities. After ‘Lazy Sunday,’ we were like, ‘Why are we paying for bandwidth and sh-t?’ ”

Pitching the “3 Way” song to Lady Gaga: “She was definitely aware of ‘Dick in a Box’ and ‘Motherlover.’ It was really fun getting to pitch her. Like, ‘You’ll be in the Fly Girls outfits from In Living Color and the joke is, [Timberlake and I] clearly want to f–k each other and you’re just there.’ When we asked her, she was like, ‘I’m so honored.’”

His goal for Brooklyn Nine-Nine is to be funny in a nice way: “There are a lot of people who are like, ‘I like watching The Great British Bake-Off and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’ You know what? I get that. I can totally see it. That’s kind of the big sell of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It’s similar to Parks and Rec in that way. In many ways, it’s a utopia that doesn’t exist but that a lot of us would really wish to exist. It’s nice to live in that space.”

His daughter: They’ve never disclosed her name to the press, though they will reveal that the girl is currently obsessed with, of all things, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. “Someone gave us a book of The Nutcracker—you push the buttons and it plays snippets of the music. It’s all she wants to hear. We joke a lot about that. Like, I wonder which side of the family she gets that from?”

[From Men’s Journal]

I’ll admit it, reading this interview sent me into a YouTube spiral, watching all of the Lonely Island-written and produced digital shorts for SNL. As much as I dislike Justin Timberlake, JT’s best work has always been on SNL and Samberg really brought out something special in JT and lots of other actors. I still think those Natalie Portman rapping shorts are some of her BEST work. Anyway… I liked this profile so much because I never thought much about whether Andy Samberg is genuinely a good person, and now I’m pretty sure he is. Good for him!

Cover and video courtesy of Men’s Journal.

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  1. redheadwriter says:

    Brooklyn 99 in a staple in our house. I’ve enjoyed watching Andy grow as a comedian and we even nicknamed our new 110 year old house “Grandma Peralta’s house” in honor of the 9-9.

  2. Anony83 says:

    Lazy Sunday came out either during or right after my senior year of college and it completely blew our minds. We would literally just gather around a computer and watch it (and then later all the other videos they made later). “I’m On a Boat” is awesome too.

    2005 was before the concept of a “viral video” had really developed – sure, there were some memes that got really popular but a lot of things were limited (as Andy mentions) by the limitations of having to host their own site (for example, Homestar Runner if you remember that). But Lazy Sunday and all the other digital shorts really did go viral – EVERYONE watched them.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      HOMESTARRUNNER. That just sent me back!
      My husband and I are Late 30’s/early 40’s and we quote it all the time!
      “Great jeorrrbbb there homestar”
      “I wike mawshmawllows”
      Am I pushing My luck hoping you were a fan of baby cakes?!

      • soapboxpudding says:

        Fellow HOMESTARRUNNER fan here! We also quote it all the time. And Teen Girl Squad. I was living in TN then and everyone knew about it cause the creators were from Nashville but now, most of the time no one knows what the hell I’m referencing.

      • Livvers says:

        I still scream “Trogdorr!!!” to myself sometimes.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I heard on a podcast that Youtube was created because of the Janet Jackson Super a Bowl clip (people were trying to find clips on the internet). That happened in Feb. 2004, and YouTube was created in Feb. 2005, so it makes sense he wasn’t aware of YT until 2005.

    • Skwinkee says:

      FLUFFITY PUFFITY MARSHMALLOWS

      I just went back down the Homestar Runner nostalgia rabbit hole a couple of weeks ago after telling my kid to STOP with the light switch rave.

  3. JenE says:

    9-9! I love Andy and maintain that Popstar: Never Stop Popping is one of the funniest movies out there.

  4. minx says:

    He’s adorable and so talented.

  5. Peanutbuttr says:

    Eh, no mention of his dark crystal cameo with Bill Hader? That was his best role last year

  6. WendyWoo says:

    Well, Youtube was founded in 2005. So no one heard of it before 2005.

  7. Esmom says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t seen Lazy Sunday until just now. Brilliant. Him equating Brooklyn 99 with Parks and Rec is good, too. The humanity is what’s so comforting about them, imo.

  8. Charfromdarock says:

    I love Brooklyn 99. In the show itself and cast interviews he’s a decent guy.

    If you haven’t had time chance, check out the British series Cuckoo. He’s only in the first season but I loved the whole series. I didn’t like Samburg before that, I realize now it was the stench of JT to which I was reacting.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Nine Nine! I love that show so much. I think I heard they are doing a season 8, I hope it keeps going! Andy sounds like a stand up guy, based on how they all speak about him, and I like that they are giving their daughter privacy.

  10. Lucy says:

    Listen, I LUST after this man. 10/10 so would. Anyone else??

  11. K says:

    I understand not wanting to share photos or loads of details about your kids with the public and the media. Cool, cool, let them just live like any other kid. But taking pains to keep a child’s name a secret seems like a waste of time. Obviously, plenty people in their intimate circle know the child’s name and it’s been written on documents, etc. At what point does it become her own to share with others and not her parents’ to keep secret?

    • Other Renee says:

      K, I don’t blame him. Yes, it’s on documents, but the minute he says her name out loud to a media outlet, it’s going to be known by not just his inner circle, but millions of people. And we live in a crazy world right now, and anything he can do to shield her and her privacy, good for him. He should do it.

    • Paigeishere says:

      They aren’t keeping it “secret” they just aren’t telling the press/public. Most celebs I know including my partner do the same thing (not necessarily over children’s names but things like relationships or being out as LGBT). The public act like they own actors and other public figures but the media/social media is really a very tiny part of many people’s lives.

  12. Blueskies says:

    I highly recommend his appearance on Finding Your Roots. He admitted he’s a private person but agreed to having research done on his mother’s side of the family to help her answer questions she’d had for a long time. She appears in the episode with him and it’s very sweet. It’s an amazing story they discovered, too. Going to watch Lazy Sunday now, I haven’t seen it in years!

  13. Pati says:

    Love this man! My kind of dude 😍.

  14. Anna says:

    Damn! Looking fine as hell whew!

  15. Alyse says:

    Yes 99 is such wholesome but genuinely funny viewing :)