Grandparents and Other Strangers

Andy Samberg

Andy Samberg is featured in Season 5, Episode 1: Grandparents and Other Strangers (check local listings).

With a diverse range of comedic talents, Andy Samberg has emerged as a captivating leading man on the big and small screen. A Golden Globe and Emmy® award winning actor, producer and writer, he continues to achieve critical acclaim both in front of and behind the camera.

Samberg produces and stars in the hit comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine which was recently picked up for a sixth season by NBC and will return in January 2019. In 2014, the show won the Golden Globe® for “Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical” and Samberg won Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his role as detective Jake Peralta.

He recently reprised his role as Johnny in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation alongside Selena Gomez, and Adam Sandler. The film was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and earned over $520 million in Worldwide Box Office.

Next, Samberg will produce PEN15 for Hulu which was picked up straight to series. Production will begin in summer 2018. The 10-episode series that will star Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle is described as middle school as it really happened. Additionally, Samberg serves as Executive Producer on Alone Together which recently premiered its second season on and Hulu.

He also starred in the HBO sports mockumentary, Tour de Pharmacy, which he executive produced. The film looked into the rampant doping in the world of professional cycling. This was the second collaboration with HBO for Samberg under the LEGENDS OF SPORT banner after the success of the tennis mockumentary, 7 Days in Hell, which premiered in Summer 2015 and co-starred Samberg and Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

Additional recent TV credits include guest starring on the hit FOX comedy series Bob’s Burgers as well as Netflix’s Lady Dynamite.

As young comics, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone originated the highly successful digital short group, THE LONELY ISLAND—a name coined from the cramped West Coast apartment the trio shared as upcoming comedians. After joining Saturday Night Live in 2005—Samberg as a cast member and Taccone and Schaffer as writers and directors—THE LONELY ISLAND played a part in re-invigorating the series, creating the popular “SNL Digital Shorts.” Some of their notable shorts include D**k In A Box, Lazy Sunday, I’m On A Boat, Jack Sparrow, YOLO and The Natalie Portman Rap.  In 2007, the trio won an Emmy® for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for D**k In A Box and a Peabody Award for the 2008-2009 season.  In 2012, Samberg completed his 7th and final season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

That same year, the group co-wrote the song Everything is Awesome, for Warner Brother's The Lego Movie. The song was performed by Tegan and Sara in collaboration with the trio. It was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars® and the group performed it on that year’s Oscars telecast.

THE LONELY ISLAND boasts 2.1 billion overall views on their YouTube channel, four Platinum singles (I’m On A Boat, Jizz In My Pants, I Just Had Sex and Everything Is Awesome) and one Gold single (Like A Boss). THE LONELY ISLAND’s debut album, Incredibad, was released by Republic Records in February 2009 and is the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on iTunes. Their 2011 sophomore album, Turtleneck & Chain, which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard, was nominated for a GRAMMY® in the category of “Best Comedy Album” and “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” for I’m on a Boat. They released their third LP, The Wack Album, in June 2013, featuring Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Robyn, Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Too $hort, Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Solange. Billboard’s year-end issue recognized them as the “No. 1 Comedy Albums Artists,” “No. 1 Comedy Albums Title” (The Wack Album), “No. 1 Comedy Digital Tracks Artist,” and “No. 1 Comedy Digital Tracks Title” for YOLO.

In 2016, FOX selected the comedian to host the 67th annual Primetime Emmy® Awards. In 2013 he hosted the Independent Film Spirit Awards and in 2009, he hosted the MTV Movie Awards, which were the highest rated Movie Awards since 2004. Also, in 2009, Samberg was nominated for the “Outstanding Music and Lyric” Emmy® Award for his song Motherlover, performed alongside Justin Timberlake. He has been nominated for 7 writing Emmys® to date.

His film credits include Sony Picture Classics’ Brigsby Bear which he also produced, Warner Brothers’ animated film Storks, Universal’s critically acclaimed mockumentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which he co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in, Lee Toland Krieger’s critically lauded film Celeste and Jesse Forever, written by and co-starring Rashida Jones; Phil Lord & Chris Miller's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2, alongside Anna Farris and Bill Hader; Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2, alongside Adam Sandler; John Hamberg's I Love You, Man, opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segel; and Akiva Schaffer's Hot Rod, with Isla Fisher, Danny McBride and Bill Hader.

Samberg currently lives in Los Angeles.


Season 5 Finding Your Roots


Season 5 

Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 25 fascinating guests, including Marisa Tomei, Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney, S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael K. Williams, Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny, Kal Penn, George R.R. Martin, Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison, Lisa Ling, Sheryl Sandberg, Seth Meyers, Michael Strahan and more in season five of Finding Your Roots. Learn more here.

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