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Samberg (clockwise from left), Schaffer and Taccone are The Lonely Island. They have produced a second album, Turtleneck & Chain, as well as digital shorts for Saturday Night Live.
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She’s referring to The Lonely­ Island, the musical-comedy threesome that includes Samberg’s oldest friends, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Among their hit singles: “Lazy Sunday” (the video that made Saturday Night Live relevant to a generation that only knows Chevy Chase as the old guy on Community), “I’m on a Boat” (featuring T-Pain), “Jack Sparrow” (with Michael Bolton), “Turtleneck and Chain” (with Snoop Dogg) and many fine songs whose titles aren’t fit for an in-flight publication.

Parents love that stuff. And Samberg, such a nice boy, loves them back.

He orders mint tea on this cold night, along with a delicacy called Devils on Horseback, which consists of prunes stuffed with pears and wrapped in bacon. The interview subject is a fan; his interrogator, far less so.

Ostensibly we’re picking over highfalutin’ bar food to talk about his new film. But this lengthy sit-down comes at an intriguing point in Samberg’s life, one during which he considers walking away from his dream job as an SNL cast member and toward a movie career that could produce offerings more memorable than, say, Hot Rod or Space Chimps.

To begin with, there’s That’s My Boy, co-starring Adam Sandler, who is high on the list of Samberg’s role models — idols, really. In the movie, Sandler plays a tax-­evading, prison-dodging, drunken deadbeat dad looking to mooch off his not-much-younger, hedge-funding son, played by Samberg.