Formed around the nexus of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone in 2001, Lonely Island began filming sketch-comedy shorts and pitching their material around for a potential TV pilot. While none of their shows were successfully aired, YouTube musical-comedy hits like "Lazy Sunday" caught the attention of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE creator Lorne Michaels, who cast Samberg and hired Schaffer and Taccone as writers. A series of viral-style hip-hop/R&B parodies (most famously, "D**k In A Box," featuring Justin Timberlake) were some of SNL's most popular skits in 2007 and 2008, leading to a formal record deal for Lonely Island's debut album, INCREDIBAD, which featured their original satirical compositions, SNL videos, and contributions from luminaries such as Timberlake and T-Pain.
Dubbed by many critics as the world's `funniest comedy team for the internet generation,' the comedic collaborative of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer will release, "INCREDIBAD", their first comedy CD/DVD February 10, 2009. The innovative triumvirate commonly known as The Lonely Island made online and television history with some of the webs most popular satirical sketches, including such SNL/YouTube classics `D**k In A Box,' featuring Justin Timberlake, and `Lazy Sunday,' a farcical rap about `The Chronicles Of Narnia.' Their latest digital short and first single from "INCREDIBAD, "Jizz In My Pants," became the #1 Most Viewed Video on YouTube with after one airing on SNL. ago. The group adopted the moniker in honor of their first L.A. apartment where the trio initially began making short films with the idea of posting them on the internet. Their homegrown website grew in popularity thanks to breakthrough sketches such as 'The 'BU' and homemade music videos like, 'Ka-Blamo!' and 'Stork Patrol' among others. Mainstream entertainment offers followed and in 2005, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels hired them (Samberg is in the cast, Schaffer and Taccone are writer/directors) after being introduced to their work at the MTV Awards. The group's innovative `SNL Digital Shorts' have become the `must-watch' segment for the past four seasons of the historic late-night comedy show, with classics such as `D**k In A Box' featuring Justin Timberlake, `Lazy Sunday,' 'Natalie's Rap' featuring Natalie Portman, and 'Iran So Far' featuring Adam Levine sketches creating unprecedented online buzz. `D**k In a Box' garnered an incredible 28 million views before NBC moved the clip to hulu.com and nbc.com. The classic R&B spoof won a 2007 Emmy award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The comedians have been honored by Wired Magazine for their contribution to the viral-video revolution.
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