Andy Samberg was born in Berkeley, California on August 18, 1978, as David A. J. Samberg. He told his parents when he was five years old that he wanted to alter his name to Andy. He was raised Jewish but does not identify as a religious person. Marjorie, his mother, is a kindergarten teacher, and Joe, his father, is a photographer. He is the younger of two sisters. Chelsea Peretti, who would later become his co-star on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” was his elementary school classmate.
He became obsessed and passionate about humor after discovering “Saturday Night Live” as a child. Samberg met future The Lonely Island members Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone while attending Willard Junior High School in Berkeley. Samberg attended the University of Santa Cruz for two years after graduating from Berkeley High School in 1996 before going to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where he majored in experimental film.
The Lonely Island
Andy’s career began in 2001 when he and his friends founded The Lonely Island, a three-man comedy troupe. The three of them had traveled to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming filmmakers, but they were having trouble finding work. The group was named after the moniker they gave their apartment. They began making short comedy films for their website soon after, and their digital shorts such as “White Power,” “Regarding Andy,” and “Awesometown” became popular.
Because of the videos’ popularity, they were hired to write for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, a task that led to them working on Saturday Night Live. They released their first studio album, “Incredibad,” in February 2009, while still on SNL. Schaffer, Taccone, and Samberg left SNL in the early 2010s, but they still make guest appearances now and then.
They followed up with “Turtleneck & Chain” in 2011, “The Wack Album” in 2013, a soundtrack for 2016’s “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” and “The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience,” a Netflix show billed as a “visual poetry” to accompany a new rap album of the same name.
Beyond Saturday Night Live
Lonely Island was recommended to Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels by Jimmy Fallon, who presented the MTV Movie Awards the year they worked on the writing team.
All three members were offered writing jobs, with Samberg securing a role as a major cast member as well. On October 1, 2005, they aired their first episode. Instead of pitching skits verbally, the trio recorded their own songs and sketches and submitted them to the pitch committee. Samberg did not appear in many live skits during his first year, but he did appear in commercial parodies and a few other prerecorded sketches.
“Lazy Sunday,” a hip hop song about a quest to see the film “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Dick in a Box,” a duet with Justin Timberlake, and “I’m on a Boat,” a collaboration with T-Pain that quickly gathered 56 million views on YouTube after its release, are three of the many viral videos the trio produced for SNL. In 2012, Samberg left SNL to play Dale Ashbrick in the BCC Three comedy “Cuckoo.”
Samberg was cast in the lead role of Jake Peralta on the Fox (then NBC) sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” the following year, a program he also produces. Along with Fred Armisen, Norman Reedus, and Ellen Page, Samberg appeared in the video for Sleater-“No Kinney’s Cities to Love” from 2015. He is also known for presenting events such as the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015, and the 76th Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, alongside Sandra Oh.
Andy was paid $125,000 every episode while starring on Brooklyn 99. As the show’s creator, he’ll most likely make tens of millions of dollars from the sale of the show’s 130+ episodes in syndication throughout the course of his life. In order to be considered for syndication, a show must have aired 100 episodes.
“Hot Rod,” Samberg’s debut feature role, was in 2007. Following that, he had roles in “I Love You, Man,” “Friends With Benefits,” and “That’s My Boy,” in which he co-starred with Adam Sandler. He is also noted for his voice work in the “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Hotel Transylvania” series. In 2016, Samberg produced, wrote, and starred in the mockumentary comedy film “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” directed by Schaffer and Taccone, which garnered largely positive reviews.
Samberg’s work has received Emmy, Teen Choice, and People’s Choice Award nominations, among others. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy in 2014. Samberg has also received Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes and the People’s Choice Awards.
“Dick in a Box,” his duet with Timberlake, received a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. In 2009, “I’m on a Boat” received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collection. Samberg gave the Harvard University Class Day speech in 2012.
On September 21, 2013, Samberg married musician Joanna Newsom in Big Sur, California. Samberg was a self-described “superfan” of hers, and the two met at one of her concerts. They had been dating for five years before they got engaged in February 2013. Seth Meyers, a co-star on Saturday Night Live, was a groomsman at their wedding.
The couple has a daughter, who was born in August of 2017. The family lives largely in Los Angeles, but they also have a house in New York City’s West Village. In July 2014, their Los Angeles property was purchased for $6.25 million. It’s in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood.
Andy Samberg has a net worth of $25 million as an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician in the United States. He is most known for his work with the musical comedy troupe The Lonely Island and for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.