Technically Andy Samberg is a musician. He’s even technically part of a hit-making band. Fifteen years ago the "Saturday Night Live" alum formed The Lonely Island with lifelong friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, whose bread and butter are song parodies: “Lazy Sunday,” “D— in a Box” and the jokey tunes that dot their second feature film, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”
Samberg’s also married to an actual serious musician, Joanna Newsom. Surely they’ve never thought about combining their talents into some strange hybrid?
“I think her fanbase would probably be disappointed in that — rightfully,” Samberg, now 37, quips.
“As fans of her work I’d say we’d also be disappointed,” Taccone adds.
The three are here to speak about “Popstar,” their follow-up to 2007’s “Hot Rod.” They play a broken-up rap boy band — part The Beastie Boys, part The Backstreet Boys. One of them, Samberg’s Connor, went onto a supersized solo career, while the other two have fallen on hard times. The movie, done as a star-studded mockumentary, finds Connor finally falling from favor himself when his latest album is poor received and his gaudy mega-concerts start underselling.
“The thing at the forefront, which I thought was fun to play around with, was how social media and media and the number of outlets have changed the landscape of the industry,” Samberg explains. They wanted to explore what is now expected of artists — what they make public, how they form relationships with their fans, how that level of fame affects their longtime relationships.