Andy Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an Emmy-winning American stand-up comic, and member of comedy group The Lonely Island. He is a repertory player on Saturday Night Live and has appeared on Premium Blend and Arrested Development, as well as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Samberg played the lead role in the 2007 film Hot Rod. He also provides the voice of Ham III in the 2008 animated film Space Chimps.
David Andrew Samberg was born in Berkeley, California to Joseph "Joe" Samberg, a photographer, and Marjorie "Margie" Samberg née Marrow, an elementary school teacher. He is Jewish, and his maternal grandfather, Alfred J. Marrow, served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. Samberg attended Willard Middle School, Berkeley High School, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he majored in film, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Lonely Island (which also includes Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) has a popular website where sketches and music are available for download. Samberg played the role of Jesse Miller in The O.C. parody The 'Bu, the group's popular contribution to Channel 101. They also made a pilot for FOX called Awesometown and have written for various award shows, most notably the 2004 and 2005 MTV Movie Awards.
On September 13, 2005, the Lonely Island website confirmed that Samberg would be joining Saturday Night Live as a featured player, while Schaffer and Taccone would join the show's writing staff. While his live sketch roles were limited in his first year, he has appeared in many non-live sketches, including commercial parodies and various other filmed segments. For the December 17, 2005 show, he and Chris Parnell starred in the Digital Short "Lazy Sunday," a rap performed by two white Manhattanites on a quest to see The Chronicles of Narnia film. 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.
Samberg was promoted to repertory status at the beginning of SNL's 32nd season (September 30, 2006).
Samberg's celebrity characters include Carl Levin, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Johnson, Prince Harry, Conor Oberst (from the band Bright Eyes), David Blaine, James Blunt, David Bryan, Michael Sessions, Chuck Norris, Ken Mehlman, Kevin Federline, Dustin Diamond, Howard K. Stern, Aaron Carter, The Muppets' Swedish Chef, Dylan Sprouse from the Disney sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Dylan's brother, Cole, was played by host Shia LaBeouf), Josh Drimmer (the naked guy from Times Square), Sanjaya Malakar, Zac Efron, Matthew Lesko, Diablo Cody, and Thomas Beatie (the pregnant man).
Samberg recently starred as Rod Kimble in Hot Rod (2007). He provides a voice for the animated film Space Chimps and will co-star in the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man. Samberg will also voice a main character in the big-screen adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs set for release in 2010
Samberg appeared in a Super Bowl XLII Pepsi commercial featuring Justin Timberlake. He played a transvestite wearing a blonde wig in the window as Timberlake is being dragged up the side of the building.
Samberg has allegedly dated actress Kirsten Dunst and subsequently actress Natalie Portman in 2006 and currently dating folk singer Joanna Newsom.