(1978 - )
Andrew David Samberg is a Jewish
American actor, comedian, and rapper.
Samberg (born August 18, 1978) was born in Berkeley, California to elementary school teacher Marjorie nee Marrow and photographer Joe
Samberg. He was raised Jewish with his two sisters, Johanna and Darrow.
Samberg’s maternal grandfather, Alfred J. Marrow, was an industrial
psychologist, philanthropist, and former executive chair of the American
In 1996, Samberg graduated from Berkeley High School,
where he first became interested in creative writing. His fascination
with Saturday Night Live (SNL) started earlier in
life, and he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for two
years before transferring to New York University to study at its famous
film school, where he majored in experimental film.
Before joining the cast of SNL in 2005, Samberg
made comedy videos with friends and posted them on the internet, and
though initially they did not have high viewership, once YouTube and
other free video sharing websites were created, Samberg’s videos
became more popular. His membership in the comedy hip-hop group The
Lonely Island was part of what helped him land a spot on the SNL cast
in 2005. Samberg started the group with Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
in 2001 and they started writing for SNL in 2005, and released
their debut album, Incredibad, in 2009.
Samberg has starred in a number of theatrical films,
commercials, music videos, and has hosted events such as the 2009 Music
Television Movie Awards. He delivered the Class Day speech to Harvard
University’s graduating class of 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts in May 2012. Also in 2012, he starred with Adam
Sandler in the comedic movie That’s My Boy and with
Rashida Jones in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Samberg’s
latest film is a British Broadcasting Company Three comedy series for
television called “Cuckoo” in which he plays the main character.
In 2011 and 2012, Samberg won the Teen Choice Awards
for his comedy.
In 2013, Samberg joined a new police comedy show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards in January 2014, Samberg won the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also won for Best Musical or Comedy Series.
Samberg is married to Joanna Newsome and lives in California.
; USA Today (January 13, 2014)