Andy Samberg leaves Saturday Night Live but retains SNL connections in That's My Boy
LOS ANGELES—It’s official. Andy Samberg announced on June 1 that, following the departure of fellow cast member Kristen Wiig, he too is exiting Saturday Night Live.
At a Beverly Hills hotel, Samberg expressed mixed feelings about the decision.
It more was just I’d been there seven seasons, the digital shorts were incredibly demanding to get done so often, and the two guys I worked with consistently....from [comedy troupe] Lonely Island had both been moving on for a while and had been coming back to help me out but it was tough to keep them on the hook, so to speak. There really wasn’t any one specific reason. It was more just a feeling I had that it was time to move on.”
But while you can take the boy out of SNL, sometimes you can’t take the SNL out of the boy. He’s next starring as the uptight Wall Street executive Todd in the R-rated crudefest That’s My Boy (opening on June 15), alongside SNL alum Adam Sandler, who plays the trashy estranged father who Todd reunites with. (The cast also includes SNL alumni Will Forte, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, and Colin Quinn.)
Sandler, who left SNL in 1995, can easily relate to Samberg’s situation.
“SNL is a home,” Sandler says. “So when that goes away...there’s no lifejacket. You’re just on your own. You gotta figure it out. But like Andy said, you just gotta feel like, ‘Alright, I’ve done what I gotta do. I don’t wanna repeat myself too much. I think I gotta figure out some other creative things to do.’”
But Sandler has high hopes for Samberg, even waxing somewhat bromantic. “He’s kind of similar to me, but a little better and a little smarter, and a little better looking. Like he’s got all good angles. I can fake being goodlooking like if I’m looking dead at you. But when I move left or right, it’s like, ‘What the fuck is that?’...He is a little less nuts. With me, when I was his age, I was fucking a little more obsessed with kicking ass . He’s obsessed with having a good life, and I like that. He’s gonna have a nice life and he’ll also kick ass if he wants to.”
Equally so, Samberg admits to being a longtime Sandler fan.
“I watched SNL since I was eight, and I like wanted to be on it since I was eight. And I remember when he came on the show, there was a lot of stuff he did. But the moment where I was like, ‘Oh, this is my guy’ was the easy-to-do Halloween costumes on [Weekend] Update...or Under the Desk Man when he like got under the desk and it was just a blank screen and I was like, ‘You’re allowed to do this on TV? ’....A lot of comedians talk about like when you see some comedian or some sketch or whatever movie, it feels like it’s made just for you, and that was definitely one of those moments...and then with the first couple movies with Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, I was just at that impressionable age. I memorized those movies. I had Billy Madison on audio cassette, and I would walk around town listening to it on my Walkman....”
Needless to say, Samberg jumped at the chance to work with Sandler on That’s My Boy. “[The] script was written and then I heard he [Sandler] was thinking about doing it, and I was like, ‘Holy crap, if there’s ever a chance to read a...part where I’m related to Sandler, this is it because I’m the right age younger than he is for if he had had a son with a teacher at the age of 15.”
While Sandler says Samberg gave him numerous comedic suggestions and lines on set, Samberg says he learnt certain important, er, things from Sandler. “He taught me how to put a rubber on the right way,” he jokes. “I’ve been doing it wrong for years. I have so many kids.”
Watch the trailer for That's My Boy.