Wednesday, December 17, 2008

BREAKTHROUGH COMEDY TRIO THE LONELY ISLAND

UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC SIGNS EMMY WINNING
BREAKTHROUGH COMEDY TRIO THE LONELY ISLAND

SNL'S ANDY SAMBERG, JORMA TACCONE AND AKIVA SCHAFFER
FINISHING FIRST ALBUM SLATED FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 10, 2009


(New York, NY – December 10, 2008) Universal Republic Records has signed Emmy winning comedy troupe, The Lonely Island, it was announced today by Monte Lipman, President & CEO of Universal Republic Records, and Avery Lipman, Co-President & COO of Universal Republic.

Dubbed by many critics as the world’s ‘funniest comedy team for the internet generation,’ the comedic collaborative of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer will release, “INCREDIBAD”, their first comedy CD/DVD February 10, 2009. The innovative triumvirate commonly known as The Lonely Island made online and television history with some of the webs most popular satirical sketches, including such SNL/YouTube classics ‘D**k In A Box,’ featuring Justin Timberlake, and ‘Lazy Sunday,’ a farcical rap about ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia.’ Their latest digital short and first single from “INCREDIBAD, “Jizz In My Pants,” became the #1 Most Viewed Video on YouTube after just one airing on SNL.

“The Lonely Island guys are incredibly talented,” stated Mr. Lipman. “Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer have made a great album and we’re thrilled they chose Universal Republic as their record label. I just hope they make fun of Avery and leave me alone.”

Friends and collaborators since their junior high school days in Berkeley, CA, Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer began showcasing their irreverent shorts on their website, http://www.thelonelyisland.com/, nearly a decade ago. The group adopted the moniker in honor of their first L.A. apartment where the trio initially began making short films with the idea of posting them on the internet.

Their homegrown website grew in popularity thanks to breakthrough sketches such as 'The 'BU' and home-made music videos like, 'Ka-Blamo!' and 'Stork Patrol' among others. Mainstream entertainment offers followed and in 2005, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels hired them (Samberg is in the cast, Schaffer and Taccone are writer/directors) after being introduced to their work at the MTV Awards.

The group’s innovative ‘SNL Digital Shorts’ have become the ‘must-watch’ segment for the past four seasons of the historic late-night comedy show, with classics such as ‘D**k In A Box’ featuring Justin Timberlake, ‘Lazy Sunday,’ 'Natalie's Rap' featuring Natalie Portman, and 'Iran So Far' featuring Adam Levine sketches creating unprecedented online buzz. ‘D**k In a Box’ garnered an incredible 28 million views before NBC moved the clip to hulu.com and nbc.com. The classic R&B spoof won a 2007 Emmy award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The comedians have been honored by Wired Magazine for their contribution to the viral-video revolution.

Their first album will feature soon-to-be-considered-timeless songs such as 'Jizz in My Pants,' 'I'm On a Boat' (featuring T-Pain), 'Sax Man' (featuring Jack Black), 'Boombox' (featuring Julian Casablancas), 'Dream Girl' (featuring Norah Jones), 'Santana DVX' (featuring E-40), 'Who Said We’re Wack?' 'Punch You in the Jeans,' 'We like Sportz,' 'Shrooms' as well as SNL classics, 'Dick in a Box' (featuring Justin Timberlake), 'Lazy Sunday', 'Natalie's Rap' (featuring Natalie Portman & Chris Parnell), and 'Iran So Far' (featuring Adam Levine) and more...
“Jizz In My Pants” from the album, Incredibad, is available on iTunes now.

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