Over their year career, the comedy trio the Lonely Island has won an Emmy and a Peabody, earned three Grammy nominations, and released two top-ten albums and two platinum singles, and their videos have been seen more than 1. Outrageous and destined to be iconic, the scene shows the Lonely Island at the height of their powers: This penis joke uses the vocabulary of modern pop stardom and the rhythms of online comedy to undermine male insecurity. Or, as they once said about their wildly and improbably successful career, there are two rules: music and dick. Cut a hole in a box. The Lonely Island disrupted the distribution and aesthetic of filmed comedy. Comedy is all about timing. YouTube officially launched on December 15,
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The three first met in junior high. After graduating from college, they regrouped and moved to Los Angeles , where they struggled to find work and began making short films, combining absurdist comedy and occasionally music. Among the first performers to post their material on the Internet, they involved themselves with Channel , a non-profit monthly short film festival. The group was hired for SNL in , with all three as writers and Samberg as a featured player. Bypassing the traditional process of pitching, they recorded their own material independently and submitted it to the program. Their second sketch to air, " Lazy Sunday ", became an internet sensation, the first of many viral videos they produced while at SNL. The three retired from SNL in the early s, but occasionally make guest appearances.
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