Akiva Schaffer

Active - 2007 - Present  |   Born - Dec 1, 1977 in Berkeley, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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  • Formed The Lonely Island web-comedy trio with high-school friends Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone.
  • Confronted by passer-by Kiefer Sutherland while filming a scene for one of their earliest shorts, in which they rob an elderly woman. 
  • Hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live in 2005 and co-produced "Lazy Sunday," the digital short that became one of YouTube's first viral videos (over 5 million hits in first two months).
  • Met his wife, Liz Cackowski, while both worked as writers for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards
  • Recorded three albums with his troupe, including Incredibad, the eighth-highest selling hip-hop album of 2009.
  • Donated $250,000 to his high-school (Berkley Unified School District), a gift earned by his comedy group through a Doritos Super Bowl ad promotion.