When it was announced last year that The Lonely Island, a super funny and awesome musical comedy trio comprising of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, would be teaming up with Judd Apatow to make a movie, I was immediately excited.
I’ve been a big ol’ fan of The Lonely Island ever since their days making incredible digital shorts for SNL and working on hugely under-appreciated movies like “Hot Rod.” They just have a genius way of creating song parodies that are fully goofy and hilarious but also catchy enough to download and listen to on the regular or even, in the case of one-time collaborator T-Pain, perform live. Based on the above trailer, they seem to be continuing in that direction in a big way with the fruits of their labor with Apatow, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”
Starring Samberg as Conner4Real, an apparent megastar in the midst of a slump, the film seems to parody the popstar documentaries of recent years that chronicled the lives of folks like Justin Bieber and One Direction. With a who’s who of co-stars and cameos, including Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader (who also has one of the best scenes in “Hot Rod”), Martin Sheen, Will Forte, Adam Levine and Snoop Dogg, the movie seems almost destined to please.
The movie doesn’t come out until June 3, so if you’re not particularly well-versed in The Lonely Island world, now is the perfect time to take a deep dive into their online oeuvre. (Yeah, I said oeuvre. I know words.) I’ll recommend three personal faves: “Boombox,” featuring Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, “The Creep,” featuring Nicki Minaj and an all too perfect cameo from the great John Waters, and “Great Day,” an equally hilarious and disturbing ditty about one man’s truly (truly?) great day.
Excited for “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”? Have a favorite Lonely Island jam of your own? Have your own tactic for when “a fine P.Y.T. walks in front of your tree”? Spill your secrets in the comments. And, like always…