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Pharoah to play Obama on 'SNL'

Pharoah to play Obama on 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels says Jay Pharoah will play U.S. President Barack Obama on the new season of the sketch comedy show.
Jason Sudeikis set to return to 'SNL'

Jason Sudeikis set to return to 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Longtime "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis will be on the New York sketch comedy show when it kicks off its 38th season Saturday, NBC said.
3 Second City alums join 'SNL' cast

3 Second City alums join 'SNL' cast

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong have joined New York's "Saturday Night Live" ensemble as featured players, NBC announced Monday.
Abby Elliott leaving 'SNL'

Abby Elliott leaving 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" cast member Abby Elliott told comedy Web site Splitsider she is leaving the U.S. sketch comedy show after four seasons.
Samberg to star in British sitcom

Samberg to star in British sitcom

LONDON, June 13 (UPI) -- Andy Samberg is to star in "Cuckoo," a six-part British comedy series co-starring Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale, the BBC announced.
Andy Samberg leaving 'S.N.L.'

Andy Samberg leaving 'S.N.L.'

NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- American actor and comedian Andy Samberg has said he will not return as a cast member to "Saturday Night Live" after seven seasons on the show.
Ferrell honored with Mark Twain Prize

Ferrell honored with Mark Twain Prize

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Actor and comedian Will Ferrell was honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Baldwin, Cryer to appear at Comedy Awards

Baldwin, Cryer to appear at Comedy Awards

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin, Jon Cryer, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Garry Shandling are confirmed to attend The Comedy Awards ceremony in New York, organizers said.
'Network' star meets real Mark Zuckerberg

'Network' star meets real Mark Zuckerberg

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg hooked up with the man who played him in the movie "The Social Network" on "Saturday Night Live" in New York City.
Swift excited about hosting 'SNL'

Swift excited about hosting 'SNL'

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. country music singer Taylor Swift says she is excited for her upcoming hosting role on "Saturday Night Live."
Keys to perform with Jay-Z at VMAs

Keys to perform with Jay-Z at VMAs

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Alicia Keys is to join Jay-Z onstage to perform "Empire State of Mind" from his latest CD "The Blueprint 3" at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards in New York.
Stiller to be honored at MTV Movie Awards

Stiller to be honored at MTV Movie Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 25 (UPI) -- Ben Stiller is to be presented with the MTV Generation Award at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards show in Universal City., Calif., the network said Friday.
NBC to air 'SNL' shorts special

NBC to air 'SNL' shorts special

NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) -- NBC has announced plans to air a new prime-time U.S. special "Saturday Night Live Just Shorts" this month.
'Twilight,' 'Slumdog' lead MTV Movie nods

'Twilight,' 'Slumdog' lead MTV Movie nods

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- "Twilight" and "Slumdog Millionaire" led the field in the 2009 MTV Movie Award nominations announced Monday in New York.
Eminem to perform at MTV Movie Awards

Eminem to perform at MTV Movie Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 13 (UPI) -- Eminem has agreed to perform live at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards next month at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, MTV said Monday.
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Andy Samberg
Host Andy Samberg appears backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, California on May 31, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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David Andrew "Andy" Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, rapper and writer best known as a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. On Saturday Night Live, he and The Lonely Island have been credited with popularizing the Emmy-winning SNL Digital Shorts, the comical short films and music videos starring Samberg and other members of the SNL cast. As a film actor, Samberg has appeared in Hot Rod, Space Chimps, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, I Love You, Man and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Samberg was born to Margi (née Marrow), an elementary school teacher who taught at Old Mill School, and Joe Samberg, a photographer. He was born in Mill Valley, California, and grew up in a Jewish household. His maternal grandfather, Alfred J. Marrow, served as the executive chair of the American Jewish Congress, although Samberg describes himself as "not particularly religious".

He was "weaned" on Jewish comedy as a child, in particular, Mel Brooks. As a child, Samberg discovered Saturday Night Live while sneaking past his parents to watch professional wrestling on television. He became "obsessed" with the show, and his devotion to comedy became frustrating to teachers who felt he was unfocused on his schoolwork. In high school, Samberg became interested in creative writing; he says that his writing classes "were the ones that I put all my effort into...that's what I cared about and that's what I ended up doing." Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School in 1996. He went to college at UC Santa Cruz for two years before transferring to NYU for film school. He majored in experimental film, where he starred as "Monkey" in the short film entitled Monkey vs. Robot.

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