Popstar: The Lonely Island guys look back on path to Never Stop Never Stopping
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone — the comedy trio otherwise known as the Lonely Island — first exploded onto the public’s radar when their Saturday Night Live digital shorts (e.g., “Lazy Sunday”) went viral more than a decade ago. But the road to Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (out Friday), in which Samberg stars as the poppiest of pop stars, stretches back even further to when the three were junior-high classmates in Berkeley, California. Before the mock rock doc — and killer soundtrack— drops, the three friends captioned some old photos that chart their long, strange trip.
Friends who know how to make the most of a night in are the ones who go the distance: “Robe party! Every time we are at a hotel together, we immediately get in the complimentary robes and share one green salad. We know it’s excessive, but we’re worth it.”
The trio’s shamefully overlooked first movie, Hot Rod, was full of famous funny friends, like Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Isla Fisher (pictured). “On off-hours from shooting, the whole cast would drive this van around, trying to solve mysteries with a talking dog (not pictured). We solved none.”
The “D— in a Box” digital short with Justin Timberlake became an overnight sensation and, eventually, an Emmy winner. “We petitioned for this entire basketball court to be bronzed to commemorate the video but were told that it was ‘something a jerk would ask.’ Classic red-tape city politics, right?”
The trio’s 100th SNL digital short featured superstars celebrating the idea of the Lonely Island players sucking their own…you know. “Usher very graciously joined us,” the trio writes. “Fun fact: His hit song ‘Love in This Club’ is loosely based on the time we spent together. Probably.”
Popstar is packed with celebrity cameos — Emma Stone, Seal, and Ringo Starr — but that doesn’t mean even the film’s star can’t get a little flustered. “Kiv [Akiva] is using telepathy to control Andy’s words so he won’t make a fool of himself in front of Pink.”
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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping