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ANDY SAMBERG (Rod Kimble) has, with a diverse range of comedic talents, emerged as a captivating and hilarious leading man on screens both big and small. This summer, he stars in his feature debut in "Hot Rod,” directed by Akiva Schaffer and also starring Jorma Taccone, Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader. The highly anticipated film follows the journey of amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (Samberg), whose acerbic step-father Frank (McShane) gives him no respect. When Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save him. The plan: Jump fifteen buses on his motorcycle, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then kick his ass. Paramount Pictures will release the film August 3, 2007.

Currently, Samberg stars in his second season as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live.” Samberg and SNL writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone are best known for their innovative SNL Digital Shorts which have re-invigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past two seasons.

The first significant breakthrough for Samberg was the music video "Lazy Sunday," a performance collaboration with SNL alum Chris Parnell. "Lazy Sunday” was an undeniable online phenomenon that amassed over five million hits on YouTube.com within a few days and sparked its own legion of Internet imitations. The controversy surrounding the legal ramifications of online video content thrust the clip into

the media spotlight, highlighting Samberg as the poster-child for a new generation of DIY filmmakers and comics.

The following season, Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone again made waves with the short video "D**k in a Box," an early-90's R&B spoof, starring Samberg and Justin Timberlake. As of April 2007, "D**k In a Box” was the all-time #4 video on YouTube.com with over 20 million views. The song reached unprecedented levels of popularity both online and in print, culminating in Samberg joining Timberlake on-stage at Madison Square Garden in February 2007 and performing the song live for more than 18,000 fans.

Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone, collectively known as "The Lonely Island,” have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, CA. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing, and producing their own brand of comedy and showcasing it on their website www.thelonelyisland.com. Some highlights include one of Channel101.com's longest running primetime shows, "The 'BU", a parody of "The O.C.,” and a sketch comedy pilot created for Fox titled "Awesometown."

Thanks to their innovative contributions to "Saturday Night Live” and their previous work as "The Lonely Island,” WIRED Magazine honored Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone with a WIRED Rave award for Television in 2006, alongside geneticists and fellow online pioneers. Honoring the mavericks, dreamers and innovators "changing your mind," the WIRED Rave award recognizes leaders in a wide range of categories including technology, business, television, industrial design and blogs.

Prior to joining "Saturday Night Live,” Samberg performed stand-up comedy in both New York and Los Angeles for seven years and was featured on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend” in 2005.

Samberg attended college at UC Santa Cruz and graduated from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts with a film degree in 2000.

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