The Lonely Island comedy troupe talks ‘Turtleneck & Chain’
The guys that make up the Lonely Island — the comedy trio behind the “Saturday Night Live” digital shorts, and films like “MacGruber” and “Hot Rod” — have an endless capacity for penis jokes. And the world respects them for it. After a Grammy win for the “Dick In a Box” digital short, and many other accolades, really, there’s no reason for them to stop writing about penises.
“As long as they exist, there will be something to say,” says Andy Samberg. “They’re constantly evolving and taking on new meaning in society.”
“People are discovering new ones all the time,” adds Akiva Schaffer.
“And they need to be talked about by us,” Jorma Taccone chips in.
It’s as if these three lifelong friends from Berkeley, California are three arms of one being, completing each other’s sentences and rapid-fire riffing on each other’s jokes.
They’re promoting the follow up to their 2009 debut album, “Incredibad,” with the ever more chic “Turtleneck & Chain” — which is also a style of dress they hope to popularize.
The new album features the group’s recent collaborations with the likes Nicki Minaj, Akon and Beck.
Though the group keeps a schedule that is too demanding for touring — both Taccone and Schaffer are writers on SNL where Samberg is a cast member, and they only get three months off a year — they do want bring something meaningful to their fans.
“We just want people to laugh,” Samberg says. “And to appreciate the people that they love and to communicate that to those people.”
“And to pay it forward,” Schaffer adds.
“That doesn’t mean forward people the album, though,” Taccone quickly chimes in. “Just forward them links for where to buy the album.”