Andy Samberg High School:
|Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA (1996)|
Andy Samberg College:
|University of California, Santa Cruz, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, BFA in film (2000).|
Born in Berkeley, California, Andy Samberg knew he wanted to be a comedian from an early age. His parents inadvertently got the young Samberg interested in sketch comedy by watching Saturday Night Live when he would have preferred catching some live wrestling; soon, teachers at Berkeley High School were frustrated by his devotion to comedy in place of interest in schoolwork. Samberg did manage to graduate in 1996, however, and he went on to study film at the University of California, Santa Cruz until transferring to New York University two years later. Five years after earning his film degree at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2000, Samberg took advantage of the new video-sharing site YouTube to more broadly stream comedy videos he had created with his friends Avika Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The widespread popularity of these videos led him to be hired by Saturday Night Live that same year, presumably making his SNL-watching parents proud. Since then, he has been a feature player on SNL, co-written the film Extreme Movie, acted in dozens of television shows and movies, and hosted the MTV Movie Awards.