Andy Samberg Ambles Jovially Off Saturday Night Live To Rubber-Face Proudly Into The Future

After a seven year stint on Saturday Night Live, his main contribution being the Interwebizing of the archaic, yet occasionally (rarely) still legit great sketch comedy mainstay, professional silly person and Digital Shorts pioneer Andy Samberg is leaving for greener pastures, spurred by Kristen Wiig's recent departure: "[Wiig] kept saying it just feels like it's her time... I connect with that. Something about it just feels like it's the moment. My contract's up and I did so much more than I ever thought I would ever even do. It's an incredibly emotional and strange moment in my life... Obviously it's not a huge shock, but I did officially decide not to come back." We estimate at least a 75% decrease in the fanfare and/or tears factor since the show's off the air for the summer. The other two parts of Samberg's collective The Lonely Island, poached from Los Angeles by Lorne Michaels (Jorma Taccone, SNL writer, and Akiva Schaeffer, shorts director) are ostensibly staying on.

As for Samberg's plans, he stars this month in Merman That's My Boy with Adam Sandler, a comedy that looks broad enough to circle the earth thrice and then kick it in the nads. Also, as far as Google knows, Samberg is also still dating Joanna Newsom, which is especially weird when you realize that some of those esoteric chocolate harp truffles that are Joanna Newsom's songs are probably about the "Dick In A Box" guy. [NY Times]

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