The Lonely Island Biography

Friends since childhood, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg coined their name in the industry from the cramped west coast apartment they shared as comic start-ups. "The three of us have been friends forever," said Samberg. "Since junior high and high school, and then we all eventually moved in together, starting out, basically, doing joke music. Our first projects were always about mixing music with comedy."

Their willingness to embrace the digital possibilities of comedy was christened by the launch of their own website in 2001. The group showcased their music and comedic talents by creating webisodes and digital shorts. In 2005, they were invited to write portions of the MTV Movie Awards, which Jimmy Fallon hosted. Impressed with the group's material, he brought the trio to the attention of Lorne Michaels, who later signed them on "Saturday Night Live".

Many of their musical sketches on the variety shows became hits, such as "Natalie's Rap" (with Natalie Portman), "Iran So Far" (with Adam Levine), "The Creep" (with Nicki Minaj), "Shy Ronnie (Eidan)" (with Rihanna), and "I'm on a Boat" (with T-Pain). Even their duet with Justin Timberlake in "Dick in a Box" won them a 2007 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

It inspired the group to release an album, which they made it happen in 2009 through debut LP "aIncredibad%", which peaked at No. 7 on Billboard Rap Albums and reached No. 13 on Hot 200. Their sophomore set "Turtleneck & Chain" came out two years later. A star-studded set filled with their creation from "SNL", the album included a "Dick in a Box" sequel, "Motherlover". They broke Hot 200, entering at No. 3 and ruled the U.S. Rap Albums.

The former "SNL" comedy troupe once again busted the U.S album chart with their third studio creation "The Wack Album". Following the same formula applied in their first and second efforts, they enlisted movie stars Hugh Jackman and Kristen Wiig, aside from fellow musicians like JT, Lady GaGa, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams. They landed at No. 10 on Hot 200.