TLW Chats with the Lonely Island Boys

When you make a medley of comedy, pop songs and film, you’ll find the three actors, writers and producers–Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. You may know them as The Lonely Island Boys who write and sing parody songs such as “I Just Had Sex” or “I’m On a Boat,” or you may know them as the brains behind hilarious movies like Hot Rod. Either way, you can’t help but enjoy what they produce.

This summer the most recent film production from The Lonely Island Boys, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, will be released along with another (albeit creative) full length album. But why wait until June when you can see it tonight at the Student Life Center at 7:30 p.m. for an early showing. And did I mention that Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer will be there in the flesh?

“It’s nice for us to get out of the editing room or the studio and be reminded that there’s actually people on the other end of this exchange, and knowing that the stuff we’ve done is at least liked by some people, it makes you feel good,” Samberg said.

The three comedians have been touring colleges all over the country to engage with fans and live it up college style to promote the mockumentary Popstar. Before interviewing The Lonely Island Boys, they were coming back from jamming with the Marching Chiefs with Florida State hats in hand.

According to Schaffer, Popstar is not only a mockumentary that features new Lonely Island parody rap songs and ten handfuls of cameos from stars such as Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg and Mike Birbiglia, it’s also “a social commentary on the state of pop culture in general.”

The movie follows the story of pop sensation Connor4Real (Samberg) and he faces pop career struggles and has to reunite with his former boy band. For those of who aren’t familiar with mockumentary, the film mocks documentary style films. Think of Justin Beiber’s documentray Never Say Never.

Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer started their journey and career when they became friends at 15 or 16, as they bonded over comedies such as The Jerk with Steve Martin, The Simpsons and Mel Brooks and Zucker brother movies.

“We were training for this career without realizing it because we were doing what everyone from high school does, which is just making jokes with your friends,” Schaffer said.

If this lineup and script couldn’t get even more awesome, the brilliant Lonely Island Boys brought in Judd Apatow as another producer who has produced goofy movies like Anchorman and is also one of the screen savvy talents behind the HBO show Girls.

“[Apatow’s] great. One of the many reasons why we wanted to work with him too is his focus on story and the heart of the movie and not just the jokes, which he’s great at as well, but he really delivered with shaping the movie,” Taccone said.

Head to the SLC tonight to give a warm FSU welcome to some of the funniest and wittiest comedians of our time and catch their new movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

 

By ALLISON KRIDLE / Staff Writer

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