Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg

Samberg in May 2010
Birth name David A. J. Samberg
Born (1978-08-18) August 18, 1978
Berkeley, California, United States
Medium Film, internet, music, television
Years active 2001–present
Genres Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, physical comedy, anti-humor, musical comedy
Spouse Joanna Newsom (m. 2013)

Andrew David "Andy" Samberg (born David A. J. Samberg; August 18, 1978)[1] is an American actor, filmmaker, musician and comedian. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2012), where he and his fellow group members have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts.[2] He occasionally goes by the stage name Young Sandwich.[3][4]

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), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016). He currently stars in the police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.

Early life

Samberg was born in Berkeley, California, as David A. J. Samberg, but changed his first name to Andy at age five.[5] His mother, Marjorie "Margi" (née Marrow), is an elementary school teacher, and his father, Joe, is a photographer.[6] He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.[7] His family is Jewish; his maternal grandfather, industrial psychologist and philanthropist Alfred J. Marrow, served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. Samberg has described himself as "not particularly religious".[8][9][10] He is a third cousin of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, as their maternal grandfathers were first cousins.[11] Samberg 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.[12] 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 I put all my effort into... that's what I cared about and that's what I ended up doing".[13] He attended college at University of California, Santa Cruz for two years before transferring to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 2000.[14]


Acting and filmmaking

Samberg majored in experimental film, including the music video for James Kochalka's song "Monkey vs. Robot" as Monkey.[15] He became a YouTube and internet star and made his own comedy videos with his two friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. When YouTube was created in 2005, the streaming of their videos became much more widespread over the internet. Samberg became a featured player on SNL in part because of the work he had done on their sketch comedy website, which helped them land an agent and eventually get hired at SNL.[16] 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,[17] and starred with Adam Sandler in That's My Boy and Hotel Transylvania (a role he reprised for Hotel Transylvania 2).[18] In September 2012, Samberg played Cuckoo in the BBC Three series Cuckoo,[19] and currently stars as Detective Jake Peralta in FOX's police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine which first aired on September 17, 2013,[20] for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2014.

Samberg hosted the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015, during which in his opening monologue, he referred to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump as possibly being racist, telling the studio and television audience "Well, I've gotta say, sure, Donald Trump seems racist. Let's see what else?" and U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as having an unkempt appearance: "Is it just me or does Bernie Sanders always seem like his flight is delayed? Guy’s a mess!"[21][22][23]

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.[24]

Saturday Night Live

In September 2005, Samberg joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player along with his two friends 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, he and Chris Parnell 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 quickly 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.[2] His comedy troupe's collaboration with T-Pain, the "I'm on a Boat" music video had over 56 million views on YouTube, after debuting on February 7, 2009 and 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."[25] Outside of his prerecorded segments, he also participated in recurring live segments, such as his Blizzard Man sketch.[26] On June 1, 2012, Samberg's spokesperson announced that he had left the show.[27][28] He returned to the show as the host on the Season 39 finale in 2014.[29]

Celebrity impressions

Personal life

Samberg has described himself as a "superfan" of musician Joanna Newsom, whom he first met at one of her concerts.[30] After five years of dating, Samberg proposed to her in February 2013, and they married on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California,[31][32][33] with Saturday Night Live co-star Seth Meyers serving as the wedding's groomsman.[34] In March 2014, Samberg and Newsom purchased the estate Moorcrest in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles, California.[35] They also own a home in the West Village of Manhattan, New York.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot Rod Rod Kimble
2008 Space Chimps Ham III (voice)
2008 Extreme Movie N/A Co-writer
2009 I Love You, Man Robbie Klaven
2009 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Brent McHale (voice)
2011 What's Your Number? Gerry Perry
2011 Friends with Benefits Quincy
2012 That's My Boy Todd Peterson/Han Solo Berger
2012 The Watch Casual Wanker #1 Cameo (with The Lonely Island)
2012 Celeste and Jesse Forever Jesse Abrams
2012 Hotel Transylvania Jonathan (voice)
2013 Grown Ups 2 Male Cheerleader Cameo (with The Lonely Island)
2013 The To Do List Van King
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Brent McHale (voice)
2014 Neighbors Toga #1 Cameo (with The Lonely Island)
2015 Hotel Transylvania 2 Jonathan (voice)
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Conner Also producer and writer
2016 Storks Junior (voice)
2018 Hotel Transylvania 3 Jonathan (voice) In production


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2004 The 'Bu Aaron Also writer
7 episodes
2005 Arrested Development Stage Manager Episode: "Righteous Brothers"
2005 House of Cosbys Cosby Team TriOsby (voice) 2 episodes
2005–2012 Saturday Night Live Various Characters Also writer
139 episodes
2008 Human Giant Jonathan 4 episodes
2009, 2011 American Dad! Ricky the Raptor, Anti-Christ (voices) 2 episodes
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Chad (voice) Television film
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Troy Bulletinboard Episode: "Smellin' of Troy"
2010 Parks and Recreation Carl Lorthner Episode: "Park Safety"
2011, 2014 Adventure Time Party Pat (voice) 2 episodes
2012 Portlandia Andy Episode: "Mixology"
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"
2012 SpongeBob SquarePants Colonel Carper (voice) Episode: "Hello Bikini Bottom!"
2012, 2014 Cuckoo Dale "Cuckoo" Ashbrick 7 episodes, UK comedy series
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself 5 episodes
2013 28th Independent Spirit Awards Himself (host) Television special
2013 The Awesomes Kid Crab (voice) Episode: "Pilot: Part 2"
2013 Comedy Central Roast of James Franco Himself Television special
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jake Peralta Main role
68 episodes
Also producer
2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Young Higgins Episode: "Jennifer Lawrence/Craig Robinson/A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
2014 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"
2015 Major Lazer Dr Nerd/Dr Bass Drop (voice) 2 episodes
2015 7 Days in Hell Aaron Williams Also executive producer
Television film
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself (host) Television special[37]
2016 Party Over Here Only creator and executive producer
2016 Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe Himself Television special
2016 New Girl Jake Peralta Episode: "Homecoming"

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2007 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated
Teen Choice Award Web Star Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Web Celeb Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Best Actor in a New TV Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Won
American Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actor – TV Won
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
EWwy Award Best Actor, Comedy Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
2016 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Nominated
2017 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actor Pending


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MTV Movie Awards host
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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