The Lonely Island is a comedic trio formed by Saturday Night Live writers/actors Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone. Following their graduation from college in Berkeley, CA, the guys regrouped and set their sights on Los Angeles with a goal to make short comedy films, becoming one of the first performers to post their content on the Internet. After struggling to gain traction for a few years, a partnership with website Channel 101 would bring Schaffer, Samberg, and Taccone the big break they had been waiting for, leading to a writing job for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards where Jimmy Fallon was impressed by their absurd musical comedy. The Lonely Island was brought on the SNL team that same year, their success taking off instantly with the release of their second sketch “Lazy Sunday.” Leading their own division at the show – SNL Digital Shorts – the trio produced several viral videos like “I’m On A Boat” and “I Just Had Sex” over the course of the next three years. Though they have since retired from SNL, all three still make regular guest appearances on the show. Their viral success has led to the release of three full-length albums, including Incredibad (2009), Turtleneck & Chain (2011), and The Whack Album (2013). The troupe has also written, directed and starred in two feature length films, Hot Rod (2007) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).
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