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Pop goofballs answer the tough questions in hilarious Q&A

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Scott Schafer

To celebrate the release of their third LP, The Wack Album, pop and hip-hop goofballs the Lonely Island partook in a Reddit AMA that was unsurprisingly uproarious. The trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone tackled everything from their dream and nightmare collaborator (respectively: Bill Clinton on saxophone; Beethoven because “Physically impossible / Diva alert”) to lyrical inspiration (“classic American literature and Family Circus cartoons”) and which Disney princess they identify with most (Mulan for Samberg, Jasmine for Schaffer and Taccone). That barely touches the surface, so we’ve culled a handful of highlights from their AMA session – including one stellar Game of Thrones reference – which you can check out below.

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Please describe Michael Bolton

Sexpot, cut from marble, generous, soft hands, Renaissance man, smooth lover, voice of gravel and silk, significant hog.

How do you think he would describe the three of you?

The really old sons he never had.

How do you get people like P. Diddy and Edward Norton to be in your videos?

1) hire a private eye to get nude pictures [of said celebrity].

2) show nude pictures, but put one copy in safe deposit vault.

3) text them, and threaten to make them public.

4) call their publicist.

Will you ever let Jorma on the boat?

No. #waterytombs

How many dicks can you fit in one box?

One. #TheonGreyjoy

Who was your favorite celebrity/musician to collaborate/work with?

We don’t have a favorite; our collaborations are like our children, we love them all equally. But Justin Timberlake.

How did you come up with the group name?

It’s named after the nickname for the apartment we lived in in LA when we first moved there.

What are each of your favorite digital shorts?

These aren’t necessarily our favorites, they are just ones that people may not have seen as much and we like. So they deserve a chance in the spotlight. Except for “Harpoon Man.” Which is actually Jorma’s favorite, but Jorma is WEIRD… LOLLOLOLOL

JORMA: “Harpoon Man”

AKIVA: “Iran So Far”

ANDY: “Tennis Balls”

How long have you guys known each other? And does working together ever put strain on your friendship?

We’ve known each other since Junior High, and we only hate each other 46% of the time. The other 50% is mild contempt. The last 4% is ecstasy.

Do you have to deal with very many awkward public moments with people yelling your lyrics at you? I’m picturing being out on a date and someone screaming “I JUST HAD SEX!” at your table.

Yes. It happens a lot. “Jizz in My Pants” is the best / worst.

If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood, who would it be?

Chris Parnell. He’s hot. 

A little over a year ago, my husband and I were driving along, listening to some Lonely Island. I was hugely pregnant, four days overdue with our daughter. We were singing along, laughing, enjoying the music when BOOM – I went into labor. We continued listening and laughing all the way to the hospital, where my husband made me wait until the end of the song to get out of the car.

So, I guess I don’t have a question to ask. I just wanted to say thanks for making me laugh so hard I had a baby. You guys are awesome.

Holy shit, we all just died laughing reading that! What song was it?

As her husband, I can tell you it was “Jack Sparrow.”

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