Andy Samberg Biography

Andy Samberg is an award-winning American comedian, actor, musician and filmmaker. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and other facts related to his life.

Andy Samberg
Quick Facts

Birthday: August 18, 1978

Nationality: American

Famous: Jewish Actors Jewish Comedians

Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Born in: Berkeley, California, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Joanna Newsom (m. 2013)

father: Joe Samberg

mother: Marjorie Marrow

Personality: ESFP

U.S. State: California

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Andy Samberg is an award-winning American comedian, actor, musician and filmmaker. With the dream of featuring on NBC's long-running late-night sketch comedy show 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL), he initially founded the comedy group 'The Lonely Island' with his two friends, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. He eventually became a permanent cast member on SNL and the trio popularized the segment 'Digital Shorts' on the show. As part of the show, he made a number of parody songs and worked with stars like Justin Timberlake and T-Pain. Samberg, who followed SNL alumni, Adam Sandler, as a role model, ended up working with him in movies like 'That's My Boy', 'Hotel Transylvania', and 'Grown Ups 2'. Apart from appearing in a number of films like 'I Love You, Man', 'Friends with Benefits', and 'Celeste and Jesse Forever', he also did voice acting for 'Space Chimps', 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' series, 'Hotel Transylvania' series and 'Storks'. Most recently, he starred in the pop music mockumentary 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' with Taccone and Schaffer, also acting as the producer and director of the film.

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Andy Samberg
Childhood & Early Life
  • Andrew David Samberg was born on August 18, 1978, in Berkeley, California, to Marjorie and Joe Samberg. His mother is an elementary school teacher, while his father is a photographer. He shortened his name to "Andy" when he was five.
  • He has two sisters, Johanna and Darrow, and they all have been raised Jewish. His maternal grandfather, Alfred J. Marrow, who was an industrial psychologist and philanthropist, served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress. He, however, is not overtly religious.
  • Samberg learned about 'Saturday Night Live' "by accident" when he was only eight. Since then, he wanted to be on SNL and frustrated even his teachers with his obsession with comedy.
  • He met his childhood friends, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, in Willard Junior High School in Berkeley. They later attended Berkeley High School, from where they graduated in 1996. In school, he was mostly interested in the writing classes.
  • After graduating from school, he and Schaffer enrolled in University of California at Santa Cruz. However, two years later, he moved to New York University and graduated from its 'Tisch School of the Arts' center in 2000 with a major in experimental film. After that, he moved to Los Angeles with his old friends Taccone and Schaffer. They first named their apartment 'The Lonely Island', and soon after, formed a comedy troupe with the same name.
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  • Andy Samberg, along with his two friends, started to record short comedy sketches with a video camera after they started living together in 2001. They started to share their work on the website After the video sharing platform YouTube was launched, some of their "digital shorts", such as 'White Power', 'Regarding Andy', and 'Awesometown', became very popular on the internet.
  • In the meantime, Samberg worked as an assistant on the sitcom 'Spin City' during 2001-02. His boss, after watching their showreel, helped them get an agent who landed them a writing job for '2005 MTV Movie Awards'. Impressed by their original work and devotion to the craft, the host of the award show, Jimmy Fallon, introduced them to Lorne Michaels, the creator of 'Saturday Night Live'.
  • In 2005, they were offered an audition for 'SNL', following which Andy Samberg was selected as a featured player while his two friends joined as writers. Initially, he was offered less live performances, and appeared in prerecorded sketches, with some of their digital shorts being featured on 'SNL'. The short, 'Lazy Sunday' became an instant hit, with millions of downloads after being aired on television.
  • The Lonely Island's growing fame helped them bag the movie 'Hot Rod' in 2007. Samberg and Taccone starred in the film, while Schaffer acted as the director. Two years later, they released their debut album, 'Incredibad', which was well received by critics.
  • He went on to appear in a number of feature films in the following years. He worked with Paul Rudd in the comedy 'I Love You, Man' (2009), teamed up with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis for 'Friends with Benefits' (2011) and was cast alongside his idol Adam Sandler in 'That's My Boy' (2012).
  • He did voice acting for Brent McHale in two parts of the animated movie 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'. He lent his voice to the character of Jonathan in the animated movie series 'Hotel Transylvania'.
  • In September 2012, he was cast in the lead role of the British comedy series 'Cuckoo' which originally aired on BBC Three. He appeared as himself in five episodes of the television series 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' around the same time.
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  • He got a starring role in FOX's police sitcom 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' in September 2013. The series is currently running for four successful seasons.
Major Works
  • Andy Samberg is best known for appearing on SNL for seven straight seasons, after which he left the show. He gained public attention on the show through 'Digital Shorts' like 'Lazy Sunday', 'Dick in a Box', 'Motherlover' and 'I'm on a Boat'. The last one received a 'Grammy Award' nomination for 'Best Rap/Sung Collaboration'.
  • His portrayal of Detective Jake Peralta on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' received much praise from the critics. The series was a commercial and critical success, with the first season receiving a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the second a perfect 100%.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Andy Samberg got his first award in 2007 for his comic duet with Justin Timberlake in the parody song 'Dick in a Box'. He won the 'Primetime Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics'.
  • In 2014, he won the 'Golden Globe Award' for 'Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy' for his role in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'. He also won the 'American Comedy Awards' in the category 'Best Comedy Actor – TV' for the role.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Andy Samberg married pop classicist musician, Joanna Newsom, on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California, after five years of dating and seven months of engagement. His 'Saturday Night Live' co-star Seth Meyers served as the groomsman for the wedding.
  • The couple currently lives in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles, California, where they bought the Moorcrest estate in March 2014. Their West Village home in Manhattan, New York is currently rented out.
  • Andy Samberg, who did impressions of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, met him when he did not have a Facebook account. He signed up for Facebook on the condition that he would not get friend requests from random people and Zuckerberg will be his only friend there. Zuckerberg agreed and even helped him with technical support later.
  • As a child, his favorite show was the World Wrestling Federation's 'Saturday Night's Main Event'. Once while trying to watch that show, he accidentally came upon the NBC sketch comedy show 'Saturday Night Live'. He was so obsessed with the show that he even wrote about his dream to be on SNL in his application to NYU.

1. Brigsby Bear (2017)

  (Drama, Comedy)

2. I Love You, Man (2009)

  (Romance, Comedy)

3. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

  (Fantasy, Comedy, Family, Animation)

4. Hot Rod (2007)


5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

  (Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Family, Animation, Comedy)

6. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

  (Music, Comedy)

7. Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017)

  (Musical, Comedy, Music, Romance)

8. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music)


Golden Globe Awards
2014 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2007 Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live (1975)

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