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JORMA TACCONE (Kevin Powell) is a versatile actor and writer, who is making his feature debut in "Hot Rod,” as Andy Samberg's geeky and lovable half-brother Kevin. Directed by Akiva Schaffer and starring Samberg, 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, Taccone is a writer, composer and director for "Saturday Night Live” and recently received a Writers Guild Award for his work on the 2005/2006 season of the show. Along with his writing partners Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, he is responsible for creating the popular SNL Digital Shorts, which have re-invigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past two seasons. Some of the most notable shorts include "D**k In A Box” (with Justin Timberlake), "Lazy Sunday” (a rap about "The Chronicles of Narnia”) and "The Natalie Portman Rap,” all of which Taccone co-wrote and composed music for with the help of his brother Asa. Many of the videos have garnered unprecedented online interest and acclaim. As of April 2007, "D**k In a Box” was the all-time # 4 video on with over 20 million views. Additionally, Taccone has directed several digital shorts including, "MacGruber" (with Jeremy Piven), "Business Meeting" (with Rainn Wilson and Arcade Fire), and "Sloths."

Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer, 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 Some highlights include one of's longest running primetime shows, "The 'BU," a parody of "The O.C.” in which Taccone starred alongside Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs”) as a misunderstood teenage ninja 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 Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer with a WIRED Rave Award for Television in 2006. 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.

Taccone is the son of accomplished theatre director Anthony Taccone and a graduate of the UCLA Theater department where he studied acting.


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