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Andy Samberg has always been a maverick. "I was on a soccer team called the Mavericks as a kid," says the Saturday Night Live star and member of the Lonely Island comedy trio. "I didn't know what it meant—I thought we were named after that guy from Top Gun." His pals got an early start too: Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone began making skateboarding videos with their parents' camcorders in junior high in Berkeley, California, then formed The Lonely Island in 2001. Since joining SNL in 2005 (Samberg as a performer, Schaffer and Taccone as writers), they have not only revived the legendary sketch show with their Digital Shorts but also put the lie to the notion that it has to be watched live, or on Saturday night. They've produced three of the four all-time highest-rated clips on Hulu; their techno-pop ode to premature ejaculation, "Jizz in My Pants," has been watched nearly 28 million times on YouTube and is currently one of the five top-selling videos on iTunes ("Dick in a Box," despite being three years old, is in the top 10). Their first album, Incredibad, was released in February and features Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, and Norah Jones—and now other musicians are approaching them about working together. As their success attests, the Lonely Island guys know a lot more than they let on. "Is a maverick an animal?" Taccone asks. "Is it a weasel or something?"

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