Universal Republic signs comedy trio The Lonely Island

Mumbai: Universal Republic Records has signed Emmy winning comedy troupe, The Lonely Island, it was announced by Universal Republic Records president & CEO Monte Lipman, and Universal Republic co-president & COO Avery Lipman.

Dubbed by many critics as the world’s funniest comedy team for the internet generation, the comedic collaborative of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer will release, Incredibad, their first comedy CD/DVD on February 10, 2009. The innovative triumvirate commonly known as The Lonely Island made online and television history with some of the webs most popular satirical sketches, including such SNL/YouTube classics D**k In A Box, featuring Justin Timberlake, and Lazy Sunday, a farcical rap about The Chronicles Of Narnia. Their latest digital short and first single from Incredibad, J**z In My Pants, became the #1 Most Viewed Video on YouTube after just one airing on SNL.

"The Lonely Island guys are incredibly talented," stated Lipman. " Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer have made a great album and we’re thrilled they chose Universal Republic as their record label. I just hope they make fun of Avery and leave me alone."

Friends and collaborators since their junior high school days in Berkeley, CA, Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer began showcasing their irreverent shorts on their website, www.thelonelyisland.com, nearly a decade ago. The group adopted the moniker in honor of their first L.A. apartment where the trio initially began making short films with the idea of posting them on the internet.

Their homegrown website grew in popularity thanks to breakthrough sketches such as ‘The ‘BU’ and home-made music videos like, ‘Ka-Blamo!’ and ‘Stork Patrol’ among others. Mainstream entertainment offers followed and in 2005, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels hired them (Samberg is in the cast, Schaffer and Taccone are writer/directors) after being introduced to their work at the MTV Awards.

Their first album will feature soon-to-be-considered-timeless songs such as ‘J**z in My Pants,’ ‘I’m On a Boat’ (featuring T-Pain), ‘Sax Man’ (featuring Jack Black), ‘Boombox’ (featuring Julian Casablancas), ‘Dream Girl’ (featuring Norah Jones), ‘Santana DVX’ (featuring E-40), ‘Who Said We’re Wack?’ ‘Punch You in the Jeans,’ ‘We like Sportz,’ ‘Shrooms’ as well as SNL classics, ‘D**k in a Box’ (featuring Justin Timberlake), ‘Lazy Sunday’, ‘Natalie’s Rap’ (featuring Natalie Portman & Chris Parnell), and ‘Iran So Far’ (featuring Adam Levine