After 7 years as a cast member and co-writing, producing and starring in virtually every single SNL Digital Short ever, Andy Samberg is rumoured to be leaving Saturday Night Live at the end of this season.
If that does happen, there’s probably no better way for Samberg to both say good-bye and celebrate the mark he and his fellow Lonely Island comedy troupe members (Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) have left on the venerable sketch comedy show than with the 100th SNL Digital Short that aired during last weekend’s show.
Sure it’s a little crass and risqué, but it’s also comedically bold and funny as hell — a delicate and distinctive balance that Samberg and co. have always managed to successfully pull off in their Digital Shorts.
The video is also stuffed with tons of celebrity cameos and appearances by memorable Digital Shorts characters, including:
As evidenced by the collection of characters above, the entire 100th SNL Digital Short is literally a powder-keg of hilarity and awesomeness, with the exception of the inclusion of a super douchey Justin Bieber.
The tween heartthrob and Tiger Beat mainstay felt out-of-place in the video, and nowhere is this more clear than during the beginning of the short when the Beebs desperately tries to keep up with Digital Shorts vets Samberg and Taccone.
The term “try-hard” has never been more fitting than when considering Justin Bieber’s “performance” in the 100th SNL Digital Short, and his double pierced ears, moussed up mop, shit-eating grin, foppishly dandy body language and unbridled enthusiasm all contribute to the pop singer coming off as an obnoxious addition to an otherwise genius piece.