Lonely Island brings hilarity to hip hop

By Renee Etcheberria |Staff Writer|

The Lonely Island, the popular comedy/hip-hop trio The Lonely Island is bringing continued laughter into the homes of many with their hilarious and refreshing routine.

The Lonely Island includes SNL regulars Andy Samberg, Jorma “Jorm” Taccone and Akiva “Kiv” Schaffer.

Their hit parodies and YouTube videos have moved into the mainstream, and their unique and often profane sense of humor make it hard not to laugh.

Some of their more well known hit sensations are “Motherlover” and “Dick in a Box”, both featuring Justin Timberlake.

In 2005, The Lonely Island got their first big break by co-writing the MTV Movie Awards with Jimmy Fallon. An impressed Fallon quickly introduced them to Lorne Michaels, producer of Saturday Night Live.

Michaels was convinced that they would be a success and The Lonely Island got their big hit on SNL with “Lazy Sunday” which soon became a sensation on YouTube.

Later Samberg was asked by SNL to be a cast member while Taccone and Schaffer were asked to be writers for the show.

In February 2009 the group released their first album titled “Incredibad”. That same year, they earned a Grammy nomination for the smash-hit single “I’m on a Boat,” featuring T-Pain.

Most recently The Lonely Island released their sophomore album “Turtleneck and Chain” on May 10. The album was an immediate success, reaching third on the Billboard charts.

This album is packed with top-tier artists including Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Beck and even Michael Bolton.

The Lonely Island left a lasting impression on the season finale of SNL with their debut of “3-Way”, which featured Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.

On the blog for the group, they regrettably informed fans that “3-Way” would not be on the new album since it was written Thursday, shot Friday and aired Saturday, a tongue-in-cheek nod to fellow YouTube sensation Rebecca Black.

The trio has been together since they were in junior high, where they started creating comedy skits, short films and music parodies.

They grew up loving hip-hop music, yet none of them could sing nor play an instrument. So with creativity and uniqueness, the friends combined music and comedy to create what is now known as The Lonely Island.

The notion that they are three white guys from California who rap isn’t the reason they’re funny.  They’re funny because, simply put, their songs and videos are downright hilarious.

Taccone, who has produced a majority of the group’s songs, mentioned to the Los Angeles Times that they are only comedians and not professional rappers.

“This was never about making fun of rappers,” said Taccone in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “We wanted to tell jokes in a musical way and can’t play instruments or sing.”

This is surely not the last we will hear from The Lonely Island, and one  does not have to wait for the next season of SNL to find out what is next for the trio.

For more information visit their website at thelonelyisland.com.




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