The Lonely Island's Record Release Party for 'The Wack Album'
On Thursday night, The Lonely Island held a listening party at Sonos Studio on La Brea to celebrate the upcoming release of The Wack Album (out June 11). The Berkeley-raised, New York-based comedy trio—Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone—were interviewed for a quick Q&A in front of a packed house by entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, discussing the new album and past works.
As expected, the three—who first made a name for themselves creating Saturday Night Live videos like "Lazy Sunday," "Dick in a Box" and "I Just Had Sex"—kept it light for the audience. They even poked a little fun at the technical sound difficulties at the beginning of the event (a little ironic since it was a listening (and viewing) party.
When asked about the new album, Taccone told a story about he played the track “Diaper Money” for his wife’s family. “It didn’t go over well at all,” he deadpanned. (Maybe it was the lyrics: “I got that wife p*ssy on lock 24/7 / Whenever she lets me i'm in same p*ssy heaven. / And the best part about it is no one else can have it. / And also I can't have it, unless she says I can.”)
The three have known each other since junior high, and said their working process is akin to a writer’s room, where two out of three votes wins when coming up with new material. They also talked about their influences, including Weird Al Yankovic, Spinal Tap, Tenacious D and, when reminded by an audience member, Adam Sandler, which then prompted Samberg to launch into his Sandler impression.
The evening also included a world premiere of the latest Just 2 Guyz video featuring Schaffer and Taccone. Samberg said that the first 2 Guys video cost $100, and this latest one cost...$150. Taccone said the videos are “harnessing the 11, 12, 13-year-old versions of ourselves.”
The Wack Album is The Lonely Island’s third full-length release of rap-tinged comedy tunes, following Incredibad (2009) and Turtleneck & Chain (2011). The record features some heavy hitters joining The Lonely Island guys, including Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Robyn, Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Too $hort, Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, Billie Joe Armstrong and Solange.
When they were asked who they’d still like to collaborate with (since almost everyone who’s anyone is on The Wack Album) Samberg said, “Bill Clinton on sax.” We mentioned that the former president was in town for an event downtown yesterday...so you never know what may happen with The Lonely Island.
Here's a video of "Semicolon," performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week with special guest Alanis Morrisette.