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How SNL's "I Ran" Was Put Together

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The NYT goes behind-the-scenes on SNL's digital short "I Ran":

"By yesterday afternoon, just four days after its network premiere, the various versions of the video posted on YouTube had been viewed nearly 300,000 times, according to tallies posted on the site. For Mr. Samberg and his main collaborators — Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — 'I Ran' is something of a sequel. Last year, NBC posted an uncensored version of a boy-band video the group made — the cleaned-up title was 'Special Treat in a Box' — in which Justin Timberlake and Mr. Samberg each appeared to be making a gift of their male anatomy. Thus far, that film has been seen more than 29 million times on YouTube, and last month it won an Emmy...While the cast’s main goal was to have fun, Mr. Samberg said, the film has a political undertone. 'No one around here,' he said, 'is super fired-up about a guy who is denying the Holocaust and saying there are no homosexuals in his country.'"

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  1. This is one of the all time greats!

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Oct 4, 2007 10:51:33 AM


  2. That is the funniest skit I have seen in years!!

    Posted by: bob | Oct 4, 2007 11:10:31 AM


  3. ...is "i'm-a-dinner-jacket" (whoopi's pronunciation) a holocaust denier or someone who asks, why do the jews have ownership on the pain, suffering and death of that time...didn't something like sixty million people, including jews, lose their lives during that awful war? and furthermore, why is the endless stream of cash from the u.s. goverment that's earmarked to support the nation of israel something that seems unquestionable? couldn't a PORTION of those funds be used to prop up the public education system and medical care crisis in this country, or is to inquire implying that certain segments of the american public looking for handouts or leaning toward socialized medicine? am i being naive, or is it to raise such questions one is immediately branded anti-semitic? it seems stereotypical to suggest jewish people are super smart and super rich...but why does it seem people in this country are more willing to aid the causes of wealthy people as opposed to others who may be poor and underprivileged and need investing in as this country's potential resource? is there the fear that the poor will simply take advantage and "work" the system?

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Oct 4, 2007 11:20:56 AM


  4. 'YEAHISAIDIT'-shouldn't have. I appreciate intelligent discourse. When you learn how-post again. YAWN. HIGHlarious video though.

    Posted by: Andrew | Oct 4, 2007 12:06:04 PM


  5. Fantastic video! Very funny and geat cameos by Adam L. and especially Jake G!

    Here is the NY Times piece http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/arts/television/04snl.html if anyone wants to read the rest of the article. For some reason Andy did not link it.

    Posted by: MS | Oct 4, 2007 12:19:18 PM


  6. Great, great, *great* video. I can't stop watching it. The Gyllenhaal cameo is cute, but mmmMMMmmm... Adam Levine. *sigh*

    Posted by: Jordan | Oct 4, 2007 12:24:18 PM


  7. Yeahisaidit is right, you should do some research and studying there Andrew, before you call him out. This country is in world of hurt because of our undying devotion to Israel at the expense of all others in the region. Ahmadinejad, as much of complete maniac as he is (like Bush) never denied the holocaust. His words were twisted in the translation, look it up. Having said that he is a nasty dictator who deserves to be criticized.
    Doesn't mean that video wasn't brilliant though.

    Posted by: realitythink | Oct 4, 2007 12:25:23 PM


  8. Yeahisaidit is right, you should do some research and studying there Andrew, before you call him out. This country is in world of hurt because of our undying devotion to Israel at the expense of all others in the region. Ahmadinejad, as much of complete maniac as he is (like Bush) never denied the holocaust. His words were twisted in the translation, look it up. Having said that he is a nasty dictator who deserves to be criticized.
    Doesn't mean that video wasn't brilliant though.

    Posted by: realitythink | Oct 4, 2007 12:26:59 PM


  9. Hey Realitythink, you're right about the twisted translation, and in supporting Yeahisaidit's statements, but beware of referring to Ahmadinejad as a "dictator" - he's an elected official (and before anyone starts casting aspersions about the legitimacy of the elections that brought him to power, consider the current US president's less-than-transparent election victories...) Besides, as anyone with a brain knows, all the power in Iran rests with the clerics, in particular Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei - Ol' Beard-face (and I say that as a lover of bearded men) is little more than an impotent demagogue...

    Posted by: johnnzboy | Oct 4, 2007 1:03:59 PM


  10. Oh yeah, and the video is bloody hilarious - just watched the "Special Treat in a Box" video as well and it's less funny than a sack full of dead kittens - obviously this guy Samberg's output is a little inconsistent at times, but when he's on form he's brilliant...

    Posted by: johnnzboy | Oct 4, 2007 1:07:12 PM


  11. Your right.. I should have said wildly unpopular puppet controlled by incredibly dangerous ideologues. Sounds very familiar doesn't it?

    Posted by: realitythink | Oct 4, 2007 1:10:16 PM


  12. Brilliant. Love that short and love the Gyllenhaal cameo. As Andy said it really is the icing on the cake! Andy Samberg does it again. Thanks for behind the scenes info.

    Posted by: AM | Oct 4, 2007 1:25:34 PM


  13. i am abso-fuckin-lutely in love with samberg.

    lighten up guys. what the hell does this video have to do with u.s. foreign policy?

    Posted by: nic | Oct 4, 2007 4:13:23 PM


  14. Sure, the video is very funny. However, why is it that the best way to make fun of someone is to dream up some sort of gay angle. I guess it's funny if we don't think about it too much.

    Posted by: Boobs | Oct 4, 2007 5:14:42 PM


  15. Brilliant! And does it get sexier than Adam Levine? Damn!

    Posted by: RJ | Oct 4, 2007 9:13:12 PM


  16. i'm sorry. i think i may have been responsible for at least a couple thousand of the youtube hits mentioned. i didn't mean to skew anything, i just haven't been able to stop watching it for the past week.

    Posted by: steven | Oct 5, 2007 4:24:06 PM


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