The Lonely Island is an American comedy group formed by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone,
well known for their comedic music. Originally from Berkeley, California, the group is currently based
in New York City.
The group became recognized due to their collective work from 2005 to 2011 on Saturday Night Live,
featuring Samberg as a cast member and Taccone and Schaffer as writers.
All three left their jobs at SNL, with Taccone leaving at the conclusion of
the 2010-2011 season and Samberg and Schaffer departing the next year.
Berkeley, California, United States
Comedy hip hop
Akiva Schaffer explained:
"So we were all living together in an apartment on Olympic Boulevard in LA, which is a very busy street.
And Jorma, being the theater major, decided to bring home a VHS copy of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
but then it just sat there long enough that me and Andy were actually the ones that watched it,
and of course it's a great movie: Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.
But still, I wanted to still
make fun of Jorm for being so theatrical, so I wrote like a one-act spoof play,
I guess you'd call it? A Tennessee Williams-style one, where I was going to
have Jorma have to refer to our home as an island in the sea of trafficthe lonely islandand
be very dramatic about it.
Then we started calling the apartment the Lonely Island when we
were out, as in: "Want to go back to the Lonely Island?" And our first videos were all in the apartment,
the little experimental videos that we were just kind of doing. So they were always set in the apartment,
we named the videos the Lonely Island."