Two weeks after Lettuce aired, the second SNL Digital Short (Lazy Sunday) aired on the show. Lazy Sunday is a music video written by Lonely Island and performed by Samberg and fellow cast member Chris Parnell. The storyline follows two friends as they get ready to go see The Chronicles of Narnia. The video became a viral hit on YouTube (the first of many of the Digital Shorts), and resulted in the new Digital Short segments as being some of the most popular skits on the show. Over the next few seasons there would be many hits, including Natalie's Rap, Dick in a Box and I'm On A Boat. Lonely Island would go on to release two albums, Incredibad (2009) and Turtleneck and Chain (2011), which feature songs they wrote for the show as well as others that didn't end up on the show.
The following is a ranking of this previous season's 17 Digital Shorts, showcasing the top 6.
I Just Had Sex is a music video performed by Samberg, Taccone and rapper Akon. It follows two men (Samberg, Taccone) rapping about, you guessed it, just having sex. The video features Blake Lively and Jessica Alba as the two respective women and includes a cameo by John McEnroe. Akon sings the chorus.
The Creep is a music video performed by all members of Lonely Island (Samberg, Taccone, Shaffer) as well as Nicki Minaj. The song is about a "new dance" called "The Creep." It's basically about how to act as creepy middle-aged stalkers. The video is introduced by John Waters.
The sixth installment of the reoccurring skit Laser Cats is a parody on musicals (taking special interest in Spider-Man). Samberg and Bill Hader threaten Tom Hanks into pitching their recorded skit to SNL producer Lorne Michaels (by kidnapping Wilson from Cast Away). This episode of Laser Cats features songs, Elton John as the villain and a cameo by a singing Carmelo Anthony (of the New York Knicks).
One of the most popular Digital Shorts ever was Dick in a Box, a music video performed by Samberg and Justin Timberlake as two 90's R&B-like characters wanting to give the perfect gift to their ladies. The follow-up, Motherlover, returned the two characters just after getting out of jail (due to previous song's events) as they come up with the perfect gift for Mother's Day. The third installment aired during this season's finale, and continues where the previous one left off. In 3-Way, the two characters learn they've met the same girl (performed by Lady GaGa), and it turns out she wants them both.
Three weeks after I was fortunate enough to see The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, SNL released Andy and Pee-Wee's Night Out. Needless to say, I was very excited to experience more new Pee-Wee hijinks. The video starts out with Andy Samberg running into Pee-Wee in a bar, and Andy talks Pee-Wee into doing shots with him. The two get drunk and go on a series of misadventures which include a police officer and CNN correspondant Anderson Cooper. The skit concludes with Andy's friends (SNL cast members Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen and Kenan Thompson) and Pee-Wee's friends (Pee-Wee's Playhouse characters Conky, Chairry and Pterri) getting together for an intervention, which doesn't go as planned.
Jack Sparrow is a music video performed by all three members of Lonely Island and singer Michael Bolton. Lonely Island invites Michael Bolton into the studio to do a song together, and Michael Bolton says he just finished watching Pirates of the Caribbean. The song starts off as a typical club rap, but Michael Bolton's chorus is only about the Pirates movies. They try to get Michael Bolton to cooperate, which leads to more funny results.
8. I Broke My Arm
9. Helen Mirren's Magic Bosom
10. Relaxation Therapy
11. Zach Looks For A New Assistant
12. Party at Mr. Bernard's
13. Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde
14. Rescue Dogs: 3D App
15. What Was That?
17. Beastly Parody
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