#ManCrushMonday: Andy Samberg

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#ManCrushMonday: Andy Samberg
From creating ridiculous ear worms with his comedy group The Lonely Island to his starring role on the hilarious Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Andy Samberg has had us in stitches for years

Andy Samberg is a man of many talents. And the 37-year old now adds Emmy host to his resume. Starting out as part of comedy troupe The Lonely Island, along with his friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, Samberg caught the notice of Saturday Night Live (SNL) executives when the group's sketches took off on Youtube. You might remember some of his more memorable — if slightly lewd songs — like D**k in a Box and J*** in My Pants. Inspired by Weird Al Yankovic, these songs hit the sweet spot between ROTFL and being seriously catchy.

After SNL, Samberg moved on to the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine as emotionally-stunted Detective Jake Peralta. Yes, he's annoying as hell on the show, but strangely likeable. In the same way that Samberg's non-threatening good looks and goofy demeanour has endeared him to thousands of women (and men) though they may be loath to admit it.

The show has been extremely well-received by critics and fans, proving Samberg's versatility in different formats (he's also made forays into the big screen). But perhaps the most surprising thing about Samberg is his choice in women. His wife is not some random blonde model (ahem Leonardo Di Caprio), but instead acclaimed singer-songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom, a quirky trobairitz in her own right. A funny man and a beautiful, otherworldly singer, it might seem an odd pairing, but we find them strangely compelling. Is the way to a woman's heart through her funny bone? Seems like it. Check out Samberg in character as Shy Ronnie in a 'duet' with Rihanna.

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Text: Renée Batchelor

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