Tina Fey wasn’t the only “Saturday Night Live” cast member to get a bounce from the 2008 presidential election.
Andy Samberg used the show’s surging ratings as a platform for a banner year that featured a hit album, a hosting gig for the MTV Movie Awards, tens of millions of online hits for his SNL Digital Shorts and a supporting role in the box office hit “I Love You, Man.”
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel like some kind of breakthrough,” Samberg acknowledges.
Samberg and his Lonely Island comedy troupe collaborators Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone have been producing the innovative SNL shorts segments since 2005, enlisting the likes of Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman. This year, they realized a dream by making an album, “Incredibad,” which debuted in February and immediately hit the top spot on iTunes.
The album’s first single, “Jizz in My Pants,” has been viewed more than 53 million times on YouTube. Other Samberg “SNL” clips — the “Mark Wahlberg Talks to the Animals” segment, the year-end “Motherlover” video reunion with Timberlake — are close behind.
“If nothing else, we broke some ground and created a Mother’s Day anthem,” Samberg says of the wildly inappropriate video that featured Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson. “I think the world needed one.”