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ANDY SAMBERG (Ham III) has proven his diverse range of comedic talents on screens big and small. Starring in his third season as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live,” he is best known for his innovative "SNL Digital Shorts,” which have reinvigorated the series and spurred water-cooler moments over the past two seasons with sensations like "Lazy Sunday” and "D**k in a Box.” Samberg's feature film debut came in August 2007 with Paramount's comedy Hot Rod, co-starring Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader.

Samberg attended college at U.C. Santa Cruz and graduated from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts with a film degree in 2000. Prior to joining "Saturday Night Live,” he 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. In addition, he started filmmaking group The Lonely Island with his childhood friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are now writers on "Saturday Night Live.” Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone were honored by Wired magazine with a Wired Rave Award for Television in 2006, alongside notable innovators ranging from geneticists to fellow online pioneers.

Samberg's first significant breakthrough was the music video "Lazy Sunday," a performance collaboration with "SNL” alum Chris Parnell. The short was an online phenomenon that amassed over five million hits on within a few days and sparked a legion of Internet imitations. The controversy surrounding the legal ramifications of online video content thrust the story into the media spotlight, highlighting Samberg as the poster child for a new generation of DIY filmmakers and comics.

The following season, Samberg again made waves with the short video "D**k in a Box," co-starring Justin Timberlake in a spoof of early-nineties R&B. 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. In September 2007, "D**k in a Box” was honored with a Creative Emmy® for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Samberg currently resides in New York City.


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