Exclusive: Andy Samberg dishes on Justin Timberlake and their latest 'SNL' short, 'Motherlover'

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The screams from Saturday Night Live‘s studio audience began as soon as Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s R&B Casanova characters appeared right after these words — “An SNL Digital Short” — flashed on screen. The ridiculous pair threw their wrapping-covered boxes (from the famous “D— in a Box” digital short, which launched Timberlake and Samberg’s comedy duo back in December 2006) in the trash and, in honor of Mother’s Day, launched into a faux-music video for “Motherlover,” an ode to each of them having sex with the other’s widowed mother. (Yep, you read that right.) The mothers were played by none other than revered actresses Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson, both sporting sheepish grins.

In an exclusive interview, SNL funnyman Samberg talks about making the video with the help of Justin, snagging Sarandon and Clarkson, fearing they’d tarnish “D— in a Box” by going back to these characters, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Specifically, with the “Motherlover” video, how much input came from Justin? Did you guys bring him the idea?
ANDY SAMBERG: [Justin] was in the room almost the whole time this time. I would say he was involved a considerable amount more than on “D— in a Box.” And he was involved on “D— in a Box,” for sure, especially in regards to how the phrasing of the song, actually musically, went and melody and that kind of stuff. This time, it was actually even more so of a collaboration. We actually built the song together with him in the room and wrote the lyrics all out together. It was fantastic.

When you knew Justin was coming back to host, did you immediately think that you’d bring this skit back?
For us, we’re comedians, so our immediate reaction was to be like, “No, no way!” Be scared of trying it again. And [Justin] was like—to his credit—he was like, “But what if we did do it again? How unprecedented would that be?” That’s a big swing. We knew going in from the very start that we were taking a real, real big swing and that if it didn’t work—and if the joke didn’t really land—that we were going to look like big jerks. But you know, he’s so confident and we started writing it and it was making us laugh really hard, so we just went with it, and said, “F— it.”

Right, you had to worry that you might ruin the goodwill you’d already created with “D— in a Box” if this went awry.
That was the fear, yeah. “D— in a Box” something that is—and even we can admit it, at this point—well liked by a lot of people, an you know, that’s something that we get a lot of credit and positive energy for, and we didn’t want to ruin it and, you know, like, crap on it by driving it into the mud. But I think it just made us focus really hard and make sure it was something we really believed in.

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How did Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson involved?
We said, “Who should we get for the moms?” And I’m pretty sure, in the
room, we all collectively were like, “How about Susan Sarandon and
Patricia Clarkson?” And that’s exactly how it played out.

It’s unexpected.
They’re both Oscar-caliber actors, and I’m pretty sure at least
Patricia has won Emmys as well, which puts her in the same camp as us.
[Laughs.] No, I think the thing we’ve been finding continually working
here and reaching to people is that there are so many people out there
who are way sillier than you think. Like, most people you know are
goofy and joke around with their friends and family. They’re really
doing dramatic stuff, but they’re not really asked—or given the
opportunity—to loosen up and do weirder, sillier stuff. And a lot of
them are really excited to do it.

And having Justin Timberlake on board doesn’t hurt, right?
And Justin was already friendly with Susan, and we share a publicist
with Patricia, so it was an easy call to make. We’re just such huge
fans of the both of them. Like, it couldn’t have worked out more
perfectly.

Plus, with your track record, seems like people are probably going to start approaching you, rather than the other way around.
I think having Justin, and being able to say, “This is the follow-up to
‘D— in a Box,’” definitely helped in terms of giving them a little
confidence.

Do you think SNL producers will throw this in the ring for an Emmy, like they did for “D— in a Box,” which won?
I don’t know! I’m not sure, we’ll see! We’ve had a few songs go over
quite well, but we’ll see. We try not to think about that too much.

If you haven’t seen the “Motherlover” digital short, enjoy it now:

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Andy Samberg gets stupid in ‘Red Hot’
How ‘D— in a Box’ became an Emmy winner
‘Saturday Night Live’: Justin Timberlake brings the funny back

How did Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson involved?
We said, “Who should we get for the moms?” And I’m pretty sure, in theroom, we all collectively were like, “How about Susan Sarandon andPatricia Clarkson?” And that’s exactly how it played out.

It’s unexpected.
They’re both Oscar-caliber actors, and I’m pretty sure at leastPatricia has won Emmys as well, which puts her in the same camp as us.[Laughs.] No, I think the thing we’ve been finding continually workinghere and reaching to people is that there are so many people out therewho are way sillier than you think. Like, most people you know aregoofy and joke around with their friends and family. They’re reallydoing dramatic stuff, but they’re not really asked—or given theopportunity—to loosen up and do weirder, sillier stuff. And a lot ofthem are really excited to do it.

And having Justin Timberlake on board doesn’t hurt, right?
And Justin was already friendly with Susan, and we share a publicistwith Patricia, so it was an easy call to make. We’re just such hugefans of the both of them. Like, it couldn’t have worked out moreperfectly.

Plus, with your track record, seems like people are probably going to start approaching you, rather than the other way around.
I think having Justin, and being able to say, “This is the follow-up to‘D— in a Box,’” definitely helped in terms of giving them a littleconfidence.

Do you think SNL producers will throw this in the ring for an Emmy, like they did for “D— in a Box,” which won?
I don’t know! I’m not sure, we’ll see! We’ve had a few songs go overquite well, but we’ll see. We try not to think about that too much.

If you haven’t seen the "Motherlover" digital short, enjoy it now:

http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/4a089718f22e4960/4741e3c5156499a7/7b52095b/-cpid/6d8d3b5e7f4a49f0

More on Saturday Night Live and Andy Samberg:
Andy Samberg to host MTV Movie Awards!
Andy Samberg and Co. on their new album
Andy Samberg gets stupid in ‘Red Hot’
How ‘D— in a Box’ became an Emmy winner
‘Saturday Night Live’: Justin Timberlake brings the funny back

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  • serin

    It was so funny. And Susan Sarandon is still hot: http://www.actressscene.com/search/label/Susan%20Sarandon

  • Dums

    Yes this was hilarious. And after going back and rewatching D—, Motherlover is much better lyrically.
    I’m not a fan of Timberlake’s music, but his SNL appearances have been fantastic.

  • riley

    I’m of the opinion that a *bleep* sound would have been funnier than the word “lover”, but that’s just me

  • Is this rhetorical?

    “When you knew Justin was coming back to host, did you immediately think that you’d bring this skit back?”
    LOL….they immediately bring EVERY skit back…over and over…til the cast member gets fired from the show or dies of a drug overdose.
    If you’re looking for originality, don’t look for it on SNL, dummo.

  • EEK

    I was simultaneousy excited and nervous when I saw the SNL Digital Short title because I didn’t know how they could top “D— in a Box,” but “Motherlover” was HILARIOUS, and musically even MORE infectious. STILL have the chorus in my head 72 hours later. I was never a JT fan until SNL – just assumed it was teeny bopper stuff – but he and Andy are truly talented. Guys, time for a feature-length musical!

  • susan

    This was just hilarious. It may even surpass DIAB. All the skits were hilarious. Justin infused new laughter into repeat skits. I couldn’t believe he was playing a breast implant. Too too funny. lol

  • Adam

    I’ve watched the video (now off youtube :() atleast 300 times lol So so good.
    http://tvdonewright.com/2009/05/11/tv-tonight-tuesday-may-12th-2009/

  • Liz

    I want to hear what Susan and Patricia thought when they heard this pitch! “Okay, you guys are awesome actress, among the best of your generation. Now, we want you to be widowed mothers whose sons switch so they can have some healing, biblical style.”

  • GSL

    What a rip off of Flight of the Conchords’ song “We’re Both In Love With A Sexy Lady.” It even has the same line “Are you thinking what i’m thinking.”

    • ray

      um, I hate to break it to you but the Flight of the Conchords line ” Are you thinking what I’m thinking” is not original. Stop being a hater cause you have nothing better to do. “Are you thinking what i’m thinking” is a well know comment in videos, cartoons, and much more. One phrase that is commonly used is not soul property of Flight of the Conchords. If you ever saw the show that Flight of the Conchords created they also used a SNL actress for the above mentioned song after the time Mother lovers was created. don’t try to chalk it up to something that takes away from their comedy originals. Just cause you don’t approve doesn’t make you right. sit down and shut up please.

  • downstairsthreads(dot)com

    thanks for the insight! i didnt think it was possible to create another classic in the same vein, but u did it! check out my fave clips from the evening:
    http://www.downstairsthreads.com/downstairs-threads-dirty-laundry.html

  • Gavin Rolph

    What a load of rubbish! How many times can I make a word rhyme with mother. The concept was childish, immoral and demoralising to both sexes. Im surprised these high profile actresses got involved in this cheap stunt. The guys that made it must seriously have their head up their own asses.

  • Gavin Rolph

    I forgot to mention that I have no sense of humor.

  • Leo

    It was funny, the two are a great comic pair and I thought Susan and Patricia doing this will likely make people want to hire them for quirkier stuff they’d like to do anyhow, so it is a win for everyone.
    Why it worked was because they play characters that are truly simpleminded and uncool. They totally humbled themselves once again to look like idiots from the dress to the voices to their little dance moves and looks, and their interactions with Susan/Patricia were hysterical. The tone of the peice was meant to be crazy stupid and fun. It was awesome.

  • BrandonK

    Awesome video…when Patricia was standing next to the park garbage can in that “sexy” way, I laughed so hard!

  • DemsandDats
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