I have been a fan of Andy Samberg since seeing him in Hot Rod, however, watching Brooklyn Nine Nine as of late has only intensified my appreciation for this hilarious dude.
Born in Berkeley, California, to parents Marjorie, an elementary school teacher, and Joe, a photographer, Samberg has two sisters named Darrow and Johanna.
Samberg became obsessed with Saturday night Live when he was a child, prompting his love for comedy. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1996 he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for two years, followed by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Following his graduation, Samberg took to YouTube to make entertaining videos with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. He was eventually hired on at Saturday Night Live due to his work with Schaffer and Taccone to create The Lonely Island (cue flashbacks of the iconic “I’m On A Boat”).
Samberg is married to musician Joanna Newson, and they welcomed their first child together in August 2017.
He has appeared in several well-known films and television shows, however, his performances in Hot Rod and Brooklyn Nine Nine are standouts for me, personally. I can’t even tell you the amount of time I watched Hot Rob when I was younger, and it continues to be one of my favourite comedy films to this day.
His character in Brooklyn Nine Nine, Jake Peralta, is pretty much flawless, and Samberg’s wittiness and ridiculous facial expressions are what make him a perfect fit for the role. Clueless at times, unfiltered and awkward, Samberg’s performance in this show is fantastic, and if you haven’t yet seen the show, I highly recommend doing so.
Fun fact: Samberg attended elementary school with Chelsea Peretti who plays Gina on Brooklyn Nine Nine, and she happens to be married to Jordan Peele.
Small world, right?
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