Over the weekend, Andy Samberg announced he would not return to “Saturday Night Live” next season after a seven-year stint on the long running sketch comedy show.He didn’t get the emotional sendoff that Kristen Wiig received in the season finale, but at least there was “Lazy Sunday 2” and the “100th Digital Short” milestone a few weeks ago.
Samberg was (debatably) never the star that Wiig was, but he leaves an important legacy—as he is rightfully credited for ushering SNL into the digital age thanks to viral videos like “Lazy Sunday” and “D— in a Box” (see below).
Now the only remaining cast member in question is Jason Sudeikis, whose contract is also up and appears to have a promising film career ahead of him.
Samberg will attempt to transition into features. He will star opposite Adam Sandler in “That’s My Boy” in a few weeks followed by “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” co-starring Rashida Jones later this summer.
171 million (!) YouTube views
Following the success of 'I'm On A Boat,' Samberg and his Lonely Island crew enlisted the help of another hip-hop artist, resulting in their biggest YouTube hit.
91 million YouTube views
I assume all offices have an 'Andy Samberg' running around screaming at people. Don't they?
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Michael Bolton + Pirates of the Caribbean = Viral Smash? I would love to sit in on one of the writer's meetings just to see how Samberg and company come up with these ideas.
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In finding two of the creepiest stars on the planet, Samberg turned out another hit that spent a few weeks on the Billboard charts.
38 million YouTube views
It may not be the most memorable, but any time Lady Gaga and JT share a bed, it's worth noting.
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As much a sequel to 'D--- In A Box' as 'Prometheus is to 'Alien,' this reunited JT with Samberg and added Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson for good measure.
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The Emmy-winning short co-starring Justin Timberlake may be Samberg's iconic moment on 'SNL.'
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A personal favourite and early hit, the clip still produces laughs upon viewing years later.
28 million YouTube views
Shy Ronnie may be Samberg's most memorable character (unless his Nic Cage impression counts), and teaming up with Rihanna was a great move.
23 million YouTube views
Thanks to backup vocals from T-Pain (who preforms the song at concerts), this song actually went Platinum after a long run on the Billboard charts.
The one that started it all, it may not crack the top 10, but that's only because YouTube, and Samberg's fame, has grown so much since this first viral video.
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