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Andy Samberg Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’: His Top 10 Best Digital Shorts With Pop Stars

Saturday Night Live ended its 37th season by tearfully saying goodbye to Kristin Wiig, and now the show is losing another key player. Fake rapper/Nicolas Cage impersonator Andy Samberg has confirmed that he won’t be returning to SNL next season.

Though his comedy group The Lonely Island (also made up of Jorma Taccone and  Akiva Schaffer) may still contribute Digital Shorts, this is the end of their regular involvement with the show. It’s too bad, as the faux hip-hop trio have contributed quite a few highly catchy (and incredibly funny) tunes over the years, and doubled up on the star power by having a pop star jump on board. Jump below for our 10 favorite musical Digital Shorts featuring pop stars to air during Samberg’s seven year stint on SNL. Don’t agree with our picks? Then throw this list on the grrrooooooound! More »

Santigold Brings Out Pharrell And Shy Ronnie For NYC Concert

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Shy Ronnie — Andy Samberg‘s bashful character who haphazardly bursts out with rap stat confidence and swagger — made a welcome return in Saturday Night Live‘s 100th Digital Short on Saturday (May 12). But Samberg wasn’t ready to put away his red wig and goofy striped sweater just yet. During Santigold‘s Samsung Mobile USA’s 5MM Fans Appreciation Performance at Irving Plaza, the Master Of My Make-Believe singer brought out the SNL character for her track “Fame”. “I believe in giving everybody a shot at things,” she said, before Samberg-as-Ronnie appeared on stage. “Be nice, he’s a little shy.” More »

Gotye And Kimbra Get To Know ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Gotye‘s hotly anticipated performance on Saturday Night Live came as his haunting hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” was already in striking distance of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and the early raves for his live rendition with Kimbra in Studoio 8H just might vault the Australian electro-pop artist across the finish line. (It doesn’t hurt that the song just got covered on Glee). In a dramatic but elegant performance, Gotye added fresh depth to a song perhaps best known for that stop-motion body-paint music video. (The video was hilariously re-created by SNL‘s Andy Samberg and Taran Killam, with Gotye’s help, later in the show). Watch the performance above, plus his second number, “Eyes Wide Open”, and the music video skit below. More »

Beyonce And Gwyneth Paltrow To Star In Ryan Murphy’s ‘One Hit Wonders’

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has previously dabbled in film projects — he directed Julia Roberts in 2010′s Eat Pray Love — but now he’s ready to bring his musical stylings to the big-screen. Murphy will direct the star-studded musical One Hit Wonders, and has cast Beyonce in one of the roles. The story revolves around three fizzled-out singers — played by Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Glee regular Gwyneth Paltrow — who each had a big hit in the 1990s, and decide to stage a comeback by forming a supergroup. Andy Samberg will co-star, and The Lonely Island will be writing music for the film. It’s not known what Beyonce’s role will be, but let’s hope it doesn’t land her another spot on this list. [Via Deadline]

Will Justin Timberlake Or The Lonely Island Take Home An Emmy For Original Song?


The cast of Glee fared pretty well with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences this year, but the musical comedy series surprisingly wasn’t nominated for “Original Music & Lyrics” despite this season’s addition of original tunes. Instead, Saturday Night Live dominated the category with four nominations, leaving room for only Family Guy’s “Christmastime Is Killing Us” and “An American Prayer—Hymn II?” from the HBO comedy special Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced. (Another HBO special that went over well with the Emmys? Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball snagged five nods!) Watch the nominated clips below, then vote for the winner in our poll.

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Lady Gaga’s ‘SNL’ Performance Packs Guts, Glory And Threeways

Lady Gaga’s SNL performance was bound to be a spectacle unlike any other. Not just because Saturday night represented her final major performance before Born This Way finally hits record shops (well, maybe except for her Beyonce tribute for Billboard), not just because she had to top her riveting Monsters’ Ball HBO special, and not just because she was borrowing an outfit from non-singing host Justin Timberlake. Nope. Gaga’s appearance on the Saturday Night Live season finale had to be big because, even though she’s the most powerful entertainer in the world, she’s driven to play the underdog, and to defy all critics, real or imagined.

What did she have in store after teasing us with a “GLORIOUS surprise”? Watch below. More »

Justin Timberlake Gets Haunted With Andy Samberg In ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promos

Since this Saturday is apparently the start of the end of the world, we can’t imagine spending it any other way than watching Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga on the season finale of Saturday Night Live. (Okay, maybe spending it actually with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga might be more fun, but we’re being realistic, here.) Host JT saddles up next to his “Dick In A Box” and “Mother Lover” buddy Andy Samberg for some promos, and the duo gets visited by a ghost, in addition to their identical twin sisters (who curiously sport facial hair). Watch below! More »

The Lonely Island Dresses Snoop Dogg Up In A “Turtleneck & Chain”


Turtlenecks, chains, and light beers all get a very bad wrap in the latest single from The Lonely Island. The title track from their upcoming album Turtleneck & Chain (due May 10) gets an assist from one of the LP’s bevy of high-profile celebrity guest stars — in this case, none other than Snoop Dogg himself (who we believe usually prefers something more potent than a light beer when he’s looking to party). The comical ditty follows the lead of “We’re Back!”‘ in featuring the boys bragging about stuff the rest of us probably don’t find so alluring. Give the latest “Garfield sex music” a listen below.
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The Lonely Island Is Cockier Than Ever In Their New Video “We’re Back!”

Reproductive organs compared to a melted stick of butter. CGI Garfield licking CGI Marmaduke in an unmentionable area. The line “I got Hepatitis C from a horse, but no confusion / It wasn’t from the sex, it was a blood transfusion.” Either Ark Music Factory has undergone some major restaffing of their songwriters, or SNL’s in-house rappers The Lonely Island are back with the appropriately titled single “We’re Back!” The Grammy-nominated trio dropped by Jimmy Kimmel last night to premiere the genitalia-themed “We’re Back!” video from their forthcoming LP Turtleneck & Chain, due in June. Is it an instant classic like “I’m On A Boat”? Decide for yourself below.

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Rihanna Steals The Spotlight On ‘Saturday Night Live’ With Shy Ronnie

Last time Rihanna dropped by 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the results were both hilarious and award-worthy – her SNL Digital Short with Andy Samberg, which featured RiRi impatiently requesting that Shy Ronnie “speak up” during his whispered rap, was nominated for an Emmy. This Halloween weekend, RiRi also managed to scare up two killer renditions of singles from her upcoming album, Loud, in addition to more shenanigans with the low-talking Ronnie. Check out Rihanna’s Saturday Night Live appearance below, and tell us whether it’s just as Emmy-worthy the second time around. More »