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Andy Samberg And Joanna Newsom Announce The Birth Of Their Baby Girl

Comedian and “Brooklyn 99” star Andy Samberg and musician Joanna Newsom are an extremely private couple.

If you need proof, check out Samberg’s Instagram account, which boasts over 61,000 followers and just one photo—of Andy and his band The Lonely Island—directing fans to follow The Lonely Island’s page for updates.

So despite being such a high-profile celebrity pairing, it’s no surprise that Samberg and his wife stay out of the spotlight in their personal life as much as possible.

Case in point: Newsom and Samberg got married in a secret ceremony in Big Sur in 2013, after five years of dating.

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And approximately nine months ago, Newsom got pregnant. How do we know? Because the couple just subtly confirmed the birth of their first child to Us Weekly.

All we knew before then is that they were thinking of children, according to an interview Newsom had with Larry King back in 2015.

Now that their baby has entered the world, they haven’t revealed any details besides the baby’s gender—it’s a girl!—in accordance with their commitment to privacy.

Newsom and Samberg reportedly got together after the then-Saturday Night Live star Samberg developed a crush on Newsom and began attending her shows regularly.

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The two dated under the radar for years before tying the knot. Newsom is an accomplished harpist, pianist, singer and actress. In a 2013 interview with Glamour, Samberg, who’s famous for his musical parodies, discussed the possibility of collaborating with his future wife.

“We’ve talked about ,” he said. “But we’ve decided ultimately that her fans would probably kill me in my sleep. What she does is so, like, actually beautiful and important.”

Better safe than sorry when passionate music fans are involved! That’s OK though—we’re just glad we get to enjoy Newsom and Samberg’s musical projects in whatever form they come in.

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Congratulations to the couple on one collaboration everyone can be happy about: the new addition to their family.

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To get a taste of Newsom’s music, check out her video for the song “Sapokanikan” from her 2015 album, “Divers.”

Getty Andy Samberg is married to wife and musician Joanna Newsom, who is a celebrated harpist, pianist and lyricist. The couple have one daughter together.

Andy Samberg is hosting the 76th Golden Globes with fellow comedian Sandra Oh this year, and fans of the two comics are looking forward to seeing what they put together for entertainment. The show hosts are key to the evening’s success, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, cohosts from 2013-2015, getting rave reviews, while recent hosts Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers getting some mixed reactions from viewers.

Samberg, who has been in the comedy biz for well over a decade now, kick-started his career with his comedy music group The Lonely Island and quickly gained internet fame after YouTube was created in 2005 and his videos were able to be shared widely. His success with The Lonely Island group helped land him an agent and snag a spot on Saturday Night Live, and he quickly rose to comedy fame after starring in several movies, television shows and comedy skits.

Samberg is married to singer/songwriter and actress Joanna Newsom, and the two have one daughter. Here’s what we know about Samberg’s family:

1. Newsom is a Celebrated Musician – She is a Star Harpist, Pianist & an Exquisite Lyricist Who Calls Her Fans “Delvers”

Joanna Newsom “Sapokanikan” (Official Video)Track from Joanna Newsom LP/CASS/CD “Divers”, available on October 23, 2015 on Drag City. Order now at: iTunes: Apple Music: VIDEO Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson Produced by Sara Murphy, Albert Chi, Erica Frauman Edited by Andy Jurgensen Camera: Adam Kimmel, Aaron Tichenor Telecine Colorist: Gregg Garvin Production Company: Ghoulardi Film Company Crew: Jeff Kunkel, Robert Ellenberg, Aly Migliori, Louis Matta, Christian Gagnier, Nigel S. Clayton, Zander Fife, Dylan Tichenor, Cassandra Kulukundis MUSIC Joanna Newsom: Piano, Schiedmayer Celesta, Vocals Neal Morgan: Drums and Percussion Ryan Francesconi: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Bouzouki, Baglama Judith Linsenberg: Recorder Andy Strain: Trombone Produced & Mixed by Joanna Newsom & Noah Georgeson Recorded by Steve Albini & Noah Georgeson Written by Joanna Newsom Arrangement of Trombone, Recorder, Bouzouki, Baglama, and Guitars by Ryan Francesconi Arrangement of Drums & Percussion by Neal Morgan 2015-08-10T13:01:20.000Z

Samberg’s wife of five years, Newsom is a celebrated musician, with Rolling Stone calling the California-native “the best-known harpist in American indie music.” She is a star harpist, a pianist, and an extraordinary lyricist, who calls her most devoted fans “delvers” for their habit of delving into her incredibly long songs (one song is nearly 17 minutes long) to extract meaning from each line.

Newsom is 36-years-old and was born and raised in Northern California. As a child, her parents forbid Newsom and her siblings from watching television or listening to the radio, according to The Sun. She began playing the piano at the age of five, although she wanted to start with the harp. Her harp instructor was reluctant to teach such a young child, so he suggested she start with the piano first.

Newsom started her music career as a keyboardist in the San-Francisco-based indie band The Pleased. In 2004 she released her critically-acclaimed debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender after being signed to the independent label Drag City. She went on to receive wider exposure with the release of Ys in 2006, which reached No134 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Shortlist Music Prize the following year, according to The Sun.

2. Samberg Was Already a Huge Fan of Newsom Before The Two Met & Newsome Loved Samberg’s Comedy

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Recording artist Joanna Newsom (L) and host Andy Samberg attend the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

According to U.S. Weekly, Samberg was already a huge fan of Newsom’s before the two ever met. He used to frequent her shows and a source told the publication that he had “the biggest crush on her” from the very beginning.

Newsom felt the same way about Samberg’s comedy before she met her future husband, and was a big fan of his Lonely Island and SNL skits long before the two got together. The couple share a lot in common, including song writing, music and acting, albeit two very different genres of music.

“I remember being on tour, watching his old, pre-SNL stuff with my band, forwarding it to my friends,” she told Rolling Stone. When Newsom befriended SNL alum Fred Armisen through her label boss in 2008, Armisen introduced officially introduced the two, and they started dating shorting after.

3. Five Years Later, Samberg & Newsome Were Married

GettyHOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 22: Actors Joanna Newsom (L) and Andy Samberg attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The couple tied the knot on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California. Although they both try to keep a low profile regarding their relationship, Samberg has no problems gushing about his love for his wife, how funny she is, and how much he supports her career.

“Her work, for a lot of people, is really meaningful and she’s brilliant in a way that I feel like almost no one else is,” he explained. “It’s such a specific kept space that only she occupies.”

The wedding was reportedly a mix of humor and sentiment, with both the bride and groom crying and laughing throughout the ceremony and Samberg’s speech. Plenty of celebs joined the two on their big day, including Justin Timberlake, Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.

4. The Two Share a Daughter, Who Was Born in August, 2017

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Both Samberg and Newsom are notoriously private regarding their little family, although the comedian did introduce his new “daughter” to a crowd of screaming fans on the Conan O’Brien show, where he chest-bumped an NFL player with the “baby” strapped to his chest, as well as some break dancing, wrestling and belly slides across the stage. You can watch the full clip below.

All jokes aside, Samberg and his wife were excited to welcome their first daughter to the world in 2017, although they have kept her relatively out of the spotlight since. Samberg has reportedly always been drawn to being a father, telling People how much he “love babies,” and how he “would love a baby someday.”

5. Samberg & His Family Live in Los Angeles In a Beautiful Agatha Christie-Style Mansion

Actress Joanna Newsom and actor Andy Samberg (R) arrive for the movie premiere of ‘Inherent Vice’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on December 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Newsom was born and raised in Nevada City, CA and told the New York Times that she never much felt like leaving. “I was the only person in my group of friends growing up who didn’t feel a huge urge to leave. I didn’t want to leave — I wanted to go to college nearby so I could come home every weekend. I never had that itch, that feeling, like, ‘There must be something more out there!’”

She was actually quite homesick when she and Samberg first started dating and were traveling back and forth between his home in New York and her home in California. They eventually decided to settle in California, and live in a beautiful old mansion in Los Angeles.

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Andy Samberg and Harpist Joanna Newsom Have A ‘Surprise’ New Baby

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Comedian Andy Samberg and harpist Joanna Newsom have welcomed a new baby girl, in what media reports are calling a “surprise” following a “secret” pregnancy. The news was released exclusively from Samberg’s representatives to Us Weekly.

This news brings forth both unbridled joy and a lot of questions. Was the birth a “surprise” to Newsom, or Samberg? Why is Andy Samberg keeping so many secrets from me? If you’re going to release the news of the birth of your first child to just one news outlet, why would you choose Us Weekly?

Samberg, 38, and Newsom, 35, have been married for four years. This is the couple’s first child, but it was once not clear if they would have children at all. In January 2016, Samberg said he wanted to have babies “someday,” but added,“I don’t think a baby is something that you should do because other people are doing it.” Now, I agree, but why would you say that? Is it possible that this was Samberg laying the trap early for the surprise?

Samberg is well known in the Jewish world and every other world for his irreverent comedy on “Saturday Night Live” and his hit TV vehicle, “Brooklyn 99.” Newsom is an impossibly lovely and accomplished musician who comes out with well-received harp albums with titles like “The Milk-Eyed Mender.” I resent that now, in order to land a nice Jewish boy who has made a few videos, you need to be a renaissance-era harp-playing milkmaid.

Newsom is not Jewish, and in 2014 Samberg told Chelsea Handler that he and Newsom “haven’t figured it out yet,” “it” being the religion of their future children. Intermarriage is a piping-hot issue of our time, but where are the op-eds decrying marriages between comedians and harp players? The continuity of Jewish humor is on the line. If I am not “surprised” by news of a “secret” Newsom-Sandberg bat mitzvah in about 13 years I will be writing one of those articles myself.

Despite all this, Samberg and Newsom’s relationship seems rock solid. Talking about her husband, Newsom confessed to Larry King: “He’s the person I would most want to hang out with at any given moment. He’s probably the biggest superfan of my music.”

Andy Samberg is a harp “superfan.” Great, now I am surprise-pregnant with his baby. I’ll have to wait till Us Weekly gets the exclusive report to know when I’m due.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter, @jeanvaljenny

Andy Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American Actor, Comedian, Filmmaker and Musician from Oakland, California. He is famous for being the member of “The Lonely Island” (comedy music group). In fact, the actor also remained the cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012.

He and his fellow group member became popular with the “SNL Digital Shorts“. Furthermore, the 40-year-old comedian appeared in movies Hot Rod, Hotel Transylvania series, That’s My Boy, Celeste, and Jesse Forever, and many more.

Moreover, Samberg appeared as a Detective Jake Peralta in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” television series. In 2014, he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.


Wiki, Age, Parents & Early Life

The famous American comedian was born on August 18, 1978, in Oakland, California, the U.S. As of 2018, Andy Samberg’s age is Forty (40) years old. His father “Joe Samberg” is a photographer. The actors’ mother “Marjorie Marrow” worked as an elementary school teacher.

Furthermore, the filmmaker also has two sisters i.e. Johanna and Darrow. He attended Berkeley High School for his school education. Later, Andy went to The University of California, Santa Cruz for two years.

In 2000, the 40-year-old actor graduated from the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Personal Affairs, Spouse & Children

Andy Samberg is in a relationship with girlfriend “Joanna Newsom”. She is a multi-instrumentalist. In fact, they also met each other in Joanna’s one of the concert. Andy calls him as her biggest fan.

Furthermore, the couple tied the knot on September 21, 2013, in Big Sur, California. The couple also shares a daughter together.

Andy Samberg Biography, Age, Spouse, Children, Net worth, Weight, Parents, Girlfriend & Details

Personal Life Information
Full Birth Name Andy Samberg.
Nick name Andy.
Working As 1. Actor.
2. Comedian.
3. Filmmaker.
4. Musician.
Age Forty (40) years old (As of 2018).
Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday August 18, 1978.
Birthplace/Hometown 1. Oakland, California, U.S.
2. Berkeley, California, U.S.
Nationality American.
Citizenship The United States.
Star Sign (Zodiac Sign) Leo.
Ethnicity White Caucasian.
Religion Christianity.
Current Residence The USA.
Famous For The member of “The Lonely Island” (comedy music group).
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall) Feet & Inches: 5′ 8″.
Centimeters: 177 cm.
Meters: 1.77 m.
Weight Kilograms: 79 Kg.
Pounds: 174 lbs.
Biceps Size 15.5 inches.
Body Measurements (chest-waist-hips) 40-32-35.
Shoe Size (US) 8.
Tattoos details? None.
Eye Color Grey.
Hair Color Dark Brown.
Parents Father: Joe Samberg.
Mother: Marjorie Marrow.
Siblings Two sisters: Johanna and Darrow.
Relatives Will Update.
Andy Samberg Wife & Relationship
Marital Status Married.
Dating History? N/A
Girlfriend (Fiancee) None.
Wife/Spouse Name Joanna Newsom.
Children One daughter.
Highest Qualification Graduate.
School Berkeley High School.
College/University 1. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
2. The University of California, Santa Cruz.
Hobbies & Favorite Things
Favorite Celebrities Actor: Matt Damon.
Actress: Alexandra Daddario.
Dream Holiday Destination Paris.
Favorite Color Blue.
Love to do Listening to music, Playing Football, and Traveling.
Favorite Dishes Italian Food.
Andy Samberg Net worth
Net Asset Approx. $16 million US dollars (As of 2018).
Earnings N/A
Contact Details
Office Address Not Known
Home Details Not Known
Mobile or Phone Number N.A.
Email Address Will update soon.
Official Website Not Available.

Facts about the Member of the Lonely Island Group

  • The couple purchased an estate Moorcrest in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles, California.
  • In fact, they also have a home in the West Village of Manhattan, New York.
  • The actor won the Poppy Awards for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in a Comedy Series in 2016.
  • As of 2018, the estimated Net worth of Andy Samberg is $16 million US Dollar.

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  • In 2014, Andy also won the American Comedy Awards for Best Comedy Actor – TV.
  • Furthermore, the Writer Murray Miller was his roommate during college.
  • His song “Dick in a Box” a duet with Justin Timberlake, won a “Creative Arts Emmy” for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Andy Samberg is maybe the nicest Jewish boy in Hollywood right now. Although he’s not a boy — he’s 40, gasp — he embodies the NJB stereotype. (Which, is he hot? Is he Jewish hot? Anyway. That’s a discussion for another day!)

In celebration of his Golden Globes hosting gig with Sandra Oh, we decided it was time for an 18 things to know about Andy.

1. Born and raised in California by Jewish parents, Samberg attended elementary school with fellow Jewish comedian (and future Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star!) Chelsea Peretti.

Andy Samberg (top right) and Chelsea Peretti (top row, second from right) in the Chabot Elementary School class picture in 1986 as 3rd graders. (Credit: Chabot Elementary School class picture 1986, via NBC Bay Area.)

One more classic photo of them:

Courtesy of Chelsea Peretti (on Elle)

2. His third cousin is U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin). Their grandfathers were first cousins!

I was today years old when I learned that Andy Samberg and Tammy Baldwin are cousins

— Jessica Blum (@jessleighblum) October 24, 2018

3. At age 8, he became obsessed with Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast in September 2005 alongside friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, thanks to the videos they had been making on their website

4. Their first big hit was “Lazy Sunday,” a digital short (that wasn’t actually filmed on a Sunday)! Fun fact: The video was downloaded over a million times the day after it aired.

(Andy would later win an Emmy in 2007 for his short “Dick in a Box” with Justin Timberlake.)

5. On a Jewish scale that Andy described as “like Hitler to Moses,” where would he place himself? “Somewhere between Larry David and Steven Spielberg.”

6. He’s not particularly religious, but was “saturated with Jewish comedy growing up.”

7. Andy started dating singer-songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom in 2008, and they got married in 2013. They welcomed a baby daughter in August 2017!!

8. On his first year of fatherhood, Samberg said, “It’s been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” What prepared him for being a dad? “I had good training for parenthood by working at SNL. The sleep deprivation part of it has been like, ‘Oh, right — this feeling.’ But there’s so much less stress because the baby’s not going live at 11:30.”

9. Joanna Newsom told Larry King that Samberg is “my favorite person in the world. He’s the person I would most want to hang out with at any given moment.” Plus, “He’s probably the biggest superfan of my music.”

10. Andy gave super Jewish wedding advice to his Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star Stephanie Beatriz. As Beatriz explained, Andy told her that at his wedding, he and Joanna “took a moment for themselves between their ceremony and their reception to just soak in the moment themselves.” Which is a Jewish tradition (whether he knows it or not).

11. His show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is one of the most quietly diverse (and funniest) shows on TV. Andy’s take on why? “The worst kind of comedy, the worst kind of stand-up to me is when they talk about what you’re looking at — ‘I’m Jewish’ or ‘I’m wearing glasses. You want to hear jokes about life and things you can relate to. I don’t think this show will ever go out of its way to make comments in that regard.” It was cancelled on FOX, and then renewed at NBC, and we love it so much.

12. Andy made a cameo in a Santigold music video, “I Can’t Get Enough Of Myself.”

13. He’s starred in a lot of movies — he’s the voice of Johnny, the token human in the Hotel Transylvania trilogy, the love interest (or ex-love?) of Jewish actress Rashida Jones in Celeste and Jesse Forever, and the starring role in the criminally underrated pop mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Stopping.

14. Andy also starred in two other documentary parodies — Tour De Pharmacy (a professional cycling parody) and Seven Days In Hell (of a tennis match, co-starring with Kit Harrington, a.k.a. Jon Snow). They are so worth your time.

Why sports comedy? “I actually am a sports fan,” Samberg explained. “I grew up playing sports and watching sports and I really have a genuine love for sports, so I also have watched a lot of sports documentaries — I enjoy the language of them. And the second one is I love doing comedy about machismo and male aggression and competitiveness, and I might also have an affinity for it, and those things together make for a rich tapestry of laughter. I hope!”

15. When Andy left SNL after seven years, Seth Meyers (SNL’s head writer at the time), made a bracket of the Lonely Island’s 101 digital shorts. The #1 seeds? “Lazy Sunday,” “Dick In A Box,” “Jizz In My Pants,” and “I’m On A Boat.” The winner? “Mother Lover.” Read the whole oral history of the bracket here.

In the meantime, treat yourself by watching Alma’s personal favorites, featuring Natalie Portman (“Natalie Raps” and “Natalie’s Rap 2.0”):

(“Natalie’s Rap 2.0” was Andy’s first digital short since he left SNL.)

16. Andy’s favorite Brooklyn Nine-Nine cold open? “It’s really hard to choose one, but one of my favorites is when Charles watched Bullets Over Broadway over the weekend. It’s so dumb and so simple and Joe Lo Truglio is so funny in it. The slow burn of how it played made me laugh every time we shot it, and seeing it cut together with the cameras popping in more and more as Jake is bummed and Boyle is psyched, it just makes me giggle. Also I will always love how much Boyle loves Dianne Wiest. As should we all.”

But arguably one of the best cold opens is featuring Andy himself:

(Did you watch? Please watch!! Then you can keep reading.)

17. In 2012, Andy delivered the class day speech at Harvard. He starts with Adele’s “Someone Like You” playing, and begins, “Students, faculty, parents, grandparents, uncles that weren’t invited that showed up anyway, handsome young janitors that are secretly math geniuses, and the homeless guy from With Honors, my name is Andy Samberg and I am as honored to be here today as I am unqualified.”

18. In 2018, the Lonely Island performed their first ever concert, with songs from four albums (Turtleneck & Chain, The Wack Album, Incredibad, and the Popstar soundtrack).

And a bonus one? On hosting the Golden Globes, Andy said yes because Sandra Oh was doing it. (He’s “obsessed with Killing Eve.”) And Sandra Oh said of Andy, “We’re soul mates. We’re fuckin’ co-dependent soul mates.”

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Andy Samberg
Date of Birth: August 18, 1978
Years on SNL: As Cast Member:
As Host:
May 17, 2014

Andrew David “Andy” Samberg, (born August 18, 1978), is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for the Digital Shorts he stars in and creates with Saturday Night Live writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – the other two members of the comedy group “The Lonely Island”.

Andy got his career started on Channel 101, an independent internet comedy website. Channel 101’s longest running show, The ‘Bu was created by the Lonely Island. Andy’s career got a good jumpstart when he appeared in an episode of the hit sitcom Arrested Development.

Andy joined SNL in 2005 as one of the newest castmembers, and joined Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis as a Featured Player. In June 2012, Samberg announced that he would not return for Season 38. But he guest starred for Seth Meyers’ finale episode and he returned as the host for the season 39th finale.

His first break out role on the show was the with the viral digital short “Lazy Sunday”, co-starring SNL castmember Chris Parnell. He along with Taccone and Schaffer won an Emmy for their Collaborative Digital Short “D*ck in a Box”, which co-starred Justin Timberlake.

Andy starred as the leading role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Jake Peralta from 2013 moving forward.

Impressions/Characters Edit


  • Aaron Carter
  • Adam Duritz
  • Billy Bob Thorton
  • Bono
  • Brigitte Nielsen
  • Carl Levin
  • Chuck Norris
  • Conor Oberst
  • David Blaine
  • David Bryan
  • Diablo Cody
  • Dustin Diamond
  • Dylan Sprouse
  • Howard K. Stern
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Jack Johnson
  • James Blunt
  • Jeff Sessler
  • John Stockton
  • Josh Groban
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Ken Mehlman
  • Kevin Federline
  • Kris Humphries
  • Mario Lopez
  • Mark Spitz
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Matthew Lesko
  • Mayim Bialik
  • Max Hodges
  • Michael Sessions
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Prince Harry
  • Prince William
  • Rahm Emanuel
  • Rick Santorum
  • Robert Smith
  • Sanjaya Malakar
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Taboo
  • Thomas Beatie
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic
  • Zac Efron

List of Digital ShortsEdit

Season 31:Edit

  • Lettuce
  • Lazy Sunday
  • Young Chuck Norris
  • The Tangent
  • Close Talkers
  • Natalie’s Rap
  • Dopplegangers
  • Laser Cats!
  • My Testicles
  • Peyote
  • Andy Walking

SNL Career Edit

While Golden Globes co-host and Saturday Night Live comedian Andy Samberg is nothing but outgoing when performing, he actually isn’t very open when it comes to his personal life. Even some of the 40-year-old’s biggest followers are left wondering: Is Andy Samberg married and does he have children? As it turns out, the answer to both of these questions is yes.

First off, Andy Samberg’s wife is Joanna Newsom …

… and she’s mega-talented. If Joanna’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because she’s a very successful musician. Apart from being a professional singer-songwriter, the 36-year-old is also a star harpist.

She got a big break in the early 2000s when she signed with independent label Drag City and has continued to soar ever since. In fact, Rolling Stone calls the California-native “the best-known harpist in American indie music.” Some of her most notable work includes albums The Milk-Eyed Mender, Ys, and Divers.

If you’re not into the independent music scene, perhaps her last name sounds familiar because she shares it with Gavin Newsom, the newly elected governor of California. Fun fact: The New York Times reports that they are “distant cousins.”

Andy and Joanna met all thanks to another SNL star.

According to U.S. Weekly, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor was already a huge fan of Joanna’s music before meeting her and would frequently go to her shows. A source told the publication that Andy had “the biggest crush on her” from the start.


Like Andy, Joanna loved the Lonely Island star’s comedy before she was introduced to him.

“I remember being on tour, watching his old, pre-SNL stuff with my band, forwarding it to my friends,” she told Rolling Stone. When Joanna befriended SNL alum Fred Armisen through her label boss in 2008, the two were officially introduced to each other.

Five years later, they were married.

The couple tied the knot on September 21, 2013 in Big Sur, California. Even though the two keep a low profile when it comes to their relationship, Andy is not afraid to gush about his love for Joanna — like when he told iNews that “she’s incredibly funny” and expressed just how much he champions her career.

“Her work, for a lot of people, is really meaningful and she’s brilliant in a way that I feel like almost no one else is,” he explained. “It’s such a specific kept space that only she occupies.”

And now they have a baby!

In August 2017, People reported that Andy and Joanna became parents to a baby girl. Because Joanna and Andy are so private, they’ve not yet disclosed their daughter’s name or any other details about her. He did however, talk about being a dad during a hilarious interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live in September of 2017.

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Who Is Andy Samberg’s Wife? When Did They Get Married? Learn About Their Daughter!

Andy Samberg, as most people probably know, is a ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum and like most other SNL cast members he created a comedic career outside of the show. From making his own music videos with his band members of The Lonely Island to starring in movies and TV shows. But the one thing he did after getting out of the show was he married the love of his life, singer Joanna Newsom.

They couldn’t be on two different parts of the musical spectrum, and still, they were able to find a connection which blossomed into unbridled love.

Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom met in 2008 and fell in love.

Source: Mirror

Joanna Newsom was born on 18 January 1982 in Grass Valley California to parents who were both doctors by occupation but progressive-minded by thinking. Though not able to watch TV or movies of violent nature, she was exposed to music at an early age because her father was a guitar aficionado and her mother was not only a pianist but a classically trained one.

The future singer was only five years old when she asked her parents if she can learn to play the harp and after she was taught to play the harp, she became the acclaimed performer she is now. Her career started with a band called The Pleased, but it only lasted for a short period of time when she branched off on her own and started her solo music career.

Watch: Joanna Newsom on her highest selling album Divers

Joanna released her first album ‘The Milk-Eyed Mender,’ but the best sales of her career was in her comeback album after getting married to Andy Samberg with the collection Divers. The singer also branched out into acting, to bring a new facet to her acclaimed musical career. She was a part of Inherent Vice, and her performance was acclaimed by Peter Travers of Rolling Stones.

When Did Andy Samberg And His Wife Joanna Newsom Get Married?

Joanna and Andy got married on 21 September 2013 in Big Sur in Post Ranch Inn, California. During the marriage ceremony, Zac Posen gown was in full display on the singer’s body with a custom made earrings and tiara. The couple was trying to get away from the whole media circus, so they decided to go on a vacation to the Maldives where the couple to get away for a paparazzi, calm down and be with one another.

When the couple reemerged at the 2014 Golden Globes, they were rejuvenated and said, “It’s fun. It’s very, very hot and sweaty and a lot of awesome, fun, famous people and some interviews.” But before the marriage and honeymoon, there was a sweet little love story between the two which blossomed over a five years period, and you will laugh when you hear how they first met.

The First Meeting And Ensuing Love Story Of Andy And Joanna

The year was 2008, Andy was still working for SNL, and he was a great fan of Joanna’s music, and according to a friend, he was smitten by the singer and would go to her shows. But the first time Andy and Joanna met was through Fred Armisen who got him to her show. Joanna explained the first meeting to Set Meyers; she said, “Fred Armisen brought him to one of my shows, and I had just been with my band backstage, like an hour before, watching ‘Just 2 Guyz.’ He has a tiny part. He plays Steve the c—. So when I met him, he was kinda shy, and I said, ‘Oh my god you’re Steve the c—!’ He always says he saw heart bubbles.”

Talk about meeting the girl of your dreams; Andy found the woman who was calling him the name of his character than just referring his as Andy. He is a sweetheart, but the man also loves what he does, and when it comes to going after the woman of his dream, the actor got the one who dug his comedy.

Andy Samberg found the love of his life in Joanna Newsom.

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There was an instant connection and what do you know the two started getting closer since 2008 and in February 2013 the actor got on one knee and popped the question. The couple got engaged, and soon the wedding bells were sounding, and the love birds got married in September of 2013.

They Bought The Moorcrest House For $6.25 Million

A couple needs a good house to rest their head, and it was the case for Andy and Joanna who were in search for a nice place they could call home and the exact right place came up when the newlyweds got their hands on Moorcrest. Built in the 1920s, Charlie Chaplin and Mary Astor called the place their home in the 20th century. The house was on the market for more than eight years when finally Andy and Joanna thought it was the right place for the couple to start a family and paid $6.25 million for the place.

Andy And Joanna’s First Child

The love birds never really express their love out in the open most often, but when they do, it always feels like they are soo much in love. It is what a partner wants in their life, someone who loves and cares for them. But after two people get married, the obvious next step in the relationship is kids, and for years Andy said he would want kids. The actor said he would love to “have a baby someday” and the wish of Andy’s came true when his wife got pregnant and gave birth to a daughter in August 2017.

The whole pregnancy was kept under wraps, and the couple informed the birth of their kid after she came into the world. To this date, the two are keeping the name of their daughter under wraps, and maybe it is the right thing to get her as far away from the public eye as possible.

Watch: The first photo of Andy Samberg’s kid is hilarious

A chance meeting backstage during a concert was the place where it all began, and now the two are happily married for six years and in a relationship for almost eleven years also a parent of one daughter. The couple seems to be happy, and we hope nothing but health and blissful life for the whole family.

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Who Is Andy Samberg’s Wife? Joanna Newsom Gives Him A Run For His Money Musically

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards are quickly approaching, and I, for one, am ecstatic. On Jan. 6, we’ll get to witness a star-studded night filled with your favorite actors and actresses, but there’s also one other part of the night I’m equally amped for, and that’s who will be hosting the awards. That’s right, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will co-host the event, which means we should expect hours of humor and wit from the pair. And, while the nominees will surely have dates to cheer them on, what about the hosts themselves? In case you didn’t know, Andy Samberg is married — so who is Andy Samberg’s wife? Her name is Joanna Newsom, and she’s just as talented as her comedian husband.

While Andy Samberg sings hilarious songs like “I’m On A Boat” and “Diaper Money” with his comedy troupe Lonely Island, his wife Joanna Newsom is a singer, songwriter, and — get this — professional harpist. Her music is whimsical and unique, and the addition of the harp in Newsom’s songs gives off an otherworldly vibe. (Can you tell I’ve been a longtime fan of her?)

So, how did Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg meet? Apparently, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor was crushing on Newsom for quite some time before they got together. According to Us Weekly, a friend of Samberg told the publication back in 2012 that “he liked her music and would go to her shows,” adding, “He had the biggest crush on her.”

And honestly, it’s hard not to have a crush on her. Just listen to her sing “Sapokanikan,” a track off of her 2015 album, Divers:

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Is her voice not absolutely mind-blowing?

So, back to their love story. Apparently, the two had a mutual friend, Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen, who was able to introduce Samberg to Newsom in 2008 at one of Newsom’s concerts, and sparks flew immediately. And ironically enough, Newsom herself was just as big a fan of Samberg as he was a fan of hers. In her interview with Rolling Stone back in 2010, she tells the magazine that she was a fan of Samberg’s comedy “before I ever met him,” adding, “I remember being on tour, watching his old, pre-SNL stuff with my band, forwarding it to friends.”


I’m sorry, but the fact that they were both such fans of each other’s work before even meeting is just too precious.

Flash forward to present day. The two are married (after tying the knot in Big Sur back in 2013) and have a daughter who they keep out of the limelight, since both Samberg and Newsom are fiercely private about their personal lives.

One thing the couple does have in common is their passion for music. While their lyrics and songs are basically at complete opposite ends of the spectrum, they both appreciate music in the utmost capacity — so much so that they only listen to music in their home in the highest quality way: absolutely nothing digital.

“Andy has an iPad, or iPod, whatever it’s called, but we don’t have a sound system that’s not analog — we have a beautiful turntable, nice speakers, a tube amp,” Newsom told Rolling Stone.

As someone who loves music, I absolutely love this rule.

And even though Newsom’s music is, in a way, very high-brow (I mean, the woman plays the harp, you guys), she still cheers on her husband’s musical talent, no matter how silly or playful the music he creates might be. “She respects what he does with his songs,” an insider told Us Weekly. “She’s so proud of everything that he has accomplished.”

Raise your hand if you think Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg should be 2019’s “it” couple:


Alright, then. That settles it.

Does Dracula get his fairy-tale ending?

He starts falling for the ship’s captain, but it turns out she’s actually a descendant of the Van Helsing family, which is well-known for vampire hunting. Suffice to say, there’s some mixed emotions there. I guess you could say it’s the greatest and most tortured romance since “Romeo and Juliet.”

How did you feel when Fox canceled “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”?

It was a very interesting 24 hours. Me personally, I thought we were coming back. So it was definitely a shock when we found out that they were canceling it. I’m a producer, so I was in very close touch with Dan Goor, Mike Schur and David Miner about the possibilities of going somewhere else and went into an immediate business mode of, O.K., let’s save it. Where can we go? What are the options?

And then the unexpected thing was this massive upswell of support on social media, which, yes, included supercool famous people like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sean Astin, Mark Hamill and Guillermo del Toro. But also, just so many people all over the world talking about what the show meant to them. We were all texting each other, like, “Whoa, we’re trending on Twitter, and are you hearing these beautiful things people are saying about our show?” It made us feel fantastic. And then in the 11th hour NBC swooped in, and it was like getting to go to your own funeral and hear how much everyone loved you and then getting to be alive still.

What makes your character, Detective Jake Peralta, so appealing to play?

I don’t even think of it in terms of getting to play Jake as I do getting to be a part of that show. characters that have good hearts and are comically flawed but also really care about each other and then, most importantly, grow over the course of the series.

Do you expect the same dive into social issues — racial profiling, sexuality, active shooters — now that you’re on NBC?

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Samberg picked up an Emmy Award in 2007 for the digital short “Dick in a Box” that he filmed with Justin Timberlake.


This Golden Globe-winning comedian and actor is best-known as a member of the much-loved comedy troupe The Lonely Island. Andy Samberg also served as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2005 through 2012. As a film actor, he has starred in hit movies such as Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That’s My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and Hotel Transylvania.


Samberg launched his comedy career in 2004 writing skits for the MTV Video Music Awards. Soon after, he was invited to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, and has been a nationwide sensation ever since.

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Andy Samberg is having a moment … to put it mildly. He’s just come off of successfully hosting the Golden Globe Awards with Sandra Oh and his show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was just picked up for a sixth season by NBC after being canceled by Fox.

The comedian sat down with Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist and talked about his career, including the moment he landed his gig on “Saturday Night Live” where he began as a featured player in the fall of 2005.

Andy Samberg describes the moment he got the job at ‘SNL’

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After he and his fellow “The Lonely Island” comedy group wrote jokes for Jimmy Fallon for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, Fallon recommended Samberg to “SNL” creator Loren Michaels. Samberg, now 40, got a meeting but said he didn’t know what to expect.

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After talking with Michaels, he was left unsure of what Michaels thought of him.

“He said, ‘So you think you can do this?’ and I said ‘I would try my hardest.'”

When he left the room, staff members told a confused Samberg he was in. He could hardly believe it. Still, there was one condition.

Nicolas Cage, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers on “SNL.”Dana Edelson / NBC

“My hair was insane,” Samberg said. When his future boss asked him if he’d be willing to cut it Samberg immediately agreed. “I’ll shave my head, I’ll do whatever you want,” he told Geist, remembering the fateful meeting.

Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero as detectives Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”Eddy Chen / Fox

It’s a good thing he did, otherwise the world would have never known such hits as “Lazy Sunday,” “I’m on a Boat,” and the infamous, off-colored song he performed on the show with Justin Timberlake.

Samberg helped to usher in a new era of “SNL” through these digital shorts and others that quickly went viral on YouTube.

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Andy Samberg on what to expect from season 6 of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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Samberg went on to star as Jake Peralta in the cult hit sitcom, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” about a fictional New York City police precinct. When the show was canceled last spring, celebrities including Mark Hamill, Sean Astin and Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter in support of the comedy. Within 36 hours, the show had found a new home at NBC.

Samberg says that his celebrity friends who helped save the show have an “open invite” to appear as guest stars on the show anytime they are available.

We would love to see any of those very special episodes and can’t wait to see what Samberg has up his sleeve next!

Andy Samberg on his wild experience co-hosting the Golden Globes

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Andy Samberg gives his Berkeley mother a gift: the truth about her birth parents

This article originally appeared on Berkeleyside.

Margie Samberg knew from the time she was 7 that she had been adopted.

The revelation came in the early 1950s when she was a first-grader at the Dalton School in New York and had a conversation with friends about whether any of them were adopted. Samberg, whose last name was then Marrow, went back to her home on the Upper East Side and asked her parents. To her surprise, they said Samberg and her brother were not their biological children. Then they quickly told Samberg that her birth parents, young lawyers in California, had been killed in a car accident.

“That cut off any possibility of me ever finding them,” said Samberg, 72, a slender woman with long brown hair and a gentle voice. “They were saying ‘don’t even bother to look, we are your parents.’”

Samberg had a close and loving relationship with her family growing up in post-World War II New York. Her father was an industrial psychiatrist who authored 11 books. Her mother was an artist, although she never forged a public career. The house was full of books, conversations about politics and art, and love. But the question of who gave birth to Samberg never went away and grew even stronger after she moved to Berkeley in 1970, married Joe Samberg, a photographer, in 1978, and started having children.

“As I got older, I was constantly thinking ‘who was my birth mother? Who was my birth father?’” said Samberg, who worked with deaf children at John Muir Elementary School in Berkeley for more than 20 years.

Samberg learned that in 1946, when she was three months old, her parents had adopted her from Louise Wise Services in New York, an agency that placed Jewish infants with Jewish families. Samberg wrote to the institution seeking answers but, under New York’s closed adoption laws, the agency could not release the names of her parents. It could only give out descriptive information, such as the fact that Samberg’s mother was Jewish, her father was not, her maternal grandfather had been a doctor and her grandmother had been a therapist. A private detective that Samberg and her family later hired dug up some other biographical details — including the fact she had an aunt who was a famous opera singer — but nothing that led to the discovery of Samberg’s birth parents.

That is, until the PBS show “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” stepped in.

On Tuesday, the show, which does genealogical research on celebrities, broadcast a segment about Samberg’s son, Andy Samberg, the comedian who just co-hosted the Golden Globes and who stars in the television comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Andy is Samberg’s youngest child. He grew up in Berkeley, went to Berkeley High and made a name for himself performing with his BHS classmates Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone in the group The Lonely Island. That led to an acting job on “Saturday Night Live“ and fame.

The producers of “Finding Your Roots” approached Andy to see if he would be on the show. He had turned down similar requests before. Andy, according to his mother, father and sisters, is exceedingly private. He and his wife, Joanna Newsom, don’t, for example, post photos of their child on social media.

But the question of the identity of Samberg’s birth parents had been a frequent topic of discussion at the Samberg home in the Claremont neighborhood of Berkeley, and the children knew how much their mother yearned to see what her parents looked like.

“We had our dad’s story, which was great,” said Darrow Samberg, one of Samberg’s two daughters. “But mom’s story was a big question mark.”

So Andy, for the first time, seriously considered doing the show and opening up his life — if his mother agreed.

“When I was asked to do this, the first call that I made was to my mom and I said, ‘I know that you’ve always been curious,” Andy says on the TV show. “There’s a chance they could figure this out. I don’t usually do stuff like this because I generally don’t like putting too much personal stuff out there. And so I would absolutely not even consider it a little bit unless it’s something you want to do.’”

It only took Samberg a brief time before she said yes.

With 15 professional genealogists on staff to sift through census data, birth and death certificates, marriage records, military records, and more, “Finding My Roots” got to work on the Samberg show in August 2017. In the last few years, the show has increasingly relied on DNA as a way to figure out ancestry, according to Sabin Streeter, a senior producer for Ark Media, which makes the show. One of the show’s consultants is Cece Moore, a genetic genealogist who looks at public DNA databases to make genetic matches.

The staff asked Margie Samberg for a copy of all the documents she and the detective had received from the Louise Wise adoption agency. They also took DNA samples for her and for Andy.

Joe and Margie Samberg look through photos of her family. (Photo/Berkeleyside-Frances Dinkelspiel)

Then the waiting began. For six long months, Samberg did not hear anything. Then the show called to schedule a taping in Los Angeles on Dec. 13, 2017. The producers asked Samberg if she wanted to be featured on the show along with her son. Samberg declined but decided the request meant there would be news about her birth parents. The show does not release any information to families before the taping.

When Margie got ready to fly to Los Angeles, her husband Joe asked what she wanted out of the experience, he recounted during a recent interview with Berkeleyside. While the family had collectively agreed to have “Finding Your Roots” do some digging into the past, everyone had been somewhat concerned that the research would uncover negative information about Samberg’s family.

But the yearning that had gripped Samberg since she was 7 years old still obsessed her. Who was she? Why had she been given up for adoption? Did she have any family in the world she didn’t know about? Even though Samberg had been lovingly raised, had created a beautiful family of her own, she couldn’t let go of the idea that something was missing.

“I would like to see what my mother looked like,” Samberg told her husband.

Samberg and Joe met Andy at a house the PBS show had rented in Los Angeles. While the host, Harvard Professor Skip Gates, was talking to Andy on camera in the living room, Samberg and Joe were following along behind a curtain in the kitchen. The show reveals each guest’s family connections through a “Book of Life” it makes. Each page has a photo or document that offers a portal to the past.

On the show, which can be streamed, Gates asks Andy to open the book. On the first page, there is a photo of a young woman with dark eyes, wavy dark hair and bangs.

“Do you know who that is?” Gates asks. He then tells Andy that it is a picture of Samberg’s mother, a woman named Ellen Philipsborn, who came from a German-Jewish family that immigrated to Berkeley during World War II. Just as Andy saw the photo, so did his mother.

Ellen Philipsborn

“All of a sudden, from the pit of my stomach, this emotion came out of me,” said Samberg. “There was no controlling it. That was the child that had never seen her mother.”

“I have never seen her lose it like that,” said Joe. “She looks at the picture and she bursts into tears. She is sobbing. She can’t stop sobbing.”

The force of seeing a photo of her mother the first time was overwhelming, Samberg said. She had wondered for so long what she looked like and she finally had an answer.

The revelations were just beginning. Gates asked Andy to keep turning the pages. One of the pages held the photo of a handsome sailor. It was Samberg’s father, Salvatore Maida, who had been born in Sicily, had come to the U.S. as an infant and had grown up in Philadelphia, Gates said.

Looking at the photo made everything click in place. Both Samberg and Andy looked just like Maida, who had a long nose and dark skin.

“I thought, ‘ Oh my god, it’s Andy,’” Samberg recently said about looking at her father’s photo for the first time. “It was a spitting image of Andy.”

Salvatore Maida

The three Sambergs were in Los Angeles but there were other Sambergs around the globe eagerly awaiting any news. Andy got on his phone and hurriedly sent out a series of texts to his sisters, one in Alameda and one in Israel. Soon texts were flying back and forth, said his sister, Darrow.

“Ok. Are you guys ready?” Andy texted. “Here is what our grandmother looked like,” and he sent along the photo.

“Here is what our grandfather looked like,” he texted next, along with Maida’s photo.

Even though the news was delivered electronically, the impact was immense. Darrow was in Alameda hosting her daughter’s 13th birthday party at an arcade. “I was struck by emotion,” she said. “I had to go out on the street. I must have looked like a crazy person.”

Johanna Samberg, another daughter, was in Israel. It was early in the morning but she had slept poorly that night while waiting to hear if there was any news.

“I remember waking up at 5 a.m. and my phone was going ‘bing, bing, bing,’ with all the texts coming in,” she said. “I was so filled my heart started to swell. It was a really crazy emotional experience.”

But there was more news. Samberg’s mother Ellen never had any other children. But Maida had had four children — and three of them lived in the Bay Area, one just five minutes away from Samberg’s Berkeley home.

Shortly after the taping, Samberg sent emails to her half-brothers:”Hi, brother, this is Margie. I’m your sister. I would love to talk to you on the phone. What’s your number?”

Samberg had been born in New York and had moved to Berkeley in 1970. For 48 years she did not know her mother had lived in Berkeley and her half-brothers on her father’s side had been nearby that entire time.

How did ‘Finding Your Roots’ figure out who Samberg’s parents were?

The show pursued two different tracks in looking for Samberg’s parents. It turned out that a scrap of biographical detail released by the adoption agency was critical. The agency had said that Samberg had a famous opera singer aunt who was a German-Jew living in India. The show staff was able to identify her through newspaper and journal articles. Her name was Gerda Philipsborn. They then looked at Gerda’s family and found that her brother, Artur Philipsborn, had fled Germany as Hitler rose to power. He made it to Berkeley in 1938 with his wife, Regina, and three daughters, Nora, Renate and Ellen. The show reached out to Jamie, Renate’s daughter, and asked for a DNA sample. It came back as a strong match and proved that Jamie and Samberg were cousins. So the show knew that Samberg was a Philipsborn.

Tracing down Samberg’s father was much more difficult, according to Moore, the DNA detective. She uploaded Samberg’s DNA into the Ancestry DNA database (which had the DNA of 8 million people) and got a number of matches of possible cousins. Moore started to build out the family trees of those people to find connections. There was one woman who had a long stretch of DNA that matched Samberg’s, but the woman did not respond to Moore’s attempts to reach her. Moore needed to determine who that woman’s father was in order to create a family tree, she said. For weeks nothing broke. Moore could see that many of the DNA matches came from people who had come from Alimena, Italy, a small town in Sicily, though, so she determined that Samberg had Italian heritage. Moore finally got a break when a private group, Reclaim the Records, won a lawsuit forcing New Jersey to make its marriage records public. With that, and a lot more digging and a request for DNA samples from relatives, Moore suspected that Samberg’s father was Salvatore Maida. But could she place Salvatore in Berkeley where Samberg’s mother, Ellen, had lived?

How did Margie Samberg’s parents meet?

Salvatore Maida had been born in Sicily and raised in an insular Italian community in Philadelphia. He longed to escape, according to one of his sons, and had tried, and failed, to enlist in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War. He eventually enlisted in the Navy. Moore was able to find military records that showed Maida was stationed in Alameda. He was never deployed overseas but worked in the Richmond shipyards.

Ellen Philipsborn was 24 and was studying child psychology at UC Berkeley. (Her father was a psychiatrist.) She also had a job at the California Labor School in San Francisco, a well-known political and cultural center that held classes on art, history, literature, women’s history, the industrial arts and other topics. It turned out that Maida, an artist, had taken classes at the school. So the researchers at “Finding Your Roots” believe the couple met there.

When Gaetano Maida learned that he had a half-sister he had never known about, he was happy, but not surprised. Gaetano had been 12 years old and living in New York in 1964, when his father, Salvatore Maida, told him they were about to get two visitors: his two other children. Gaetano had never known he had a sibling other than his brother, Pietro.

It turned out that Salvatore had been involved with a woman, Pauline Kerber, in the 1940s and they had had two children, Nino and Jenny, together. Nino was born seven months after Samberg was born. (After Maida and Pauline split up, Maida married Gaetano’s mother, Reiko Urabe).

Gaetano believes his father never knew that Samberg’s mother, Ellen, was pregnant. He was just a young man exploring the world, and they probably had a brief fling.

A 1946 photograph taken at the Balalaika nightclub in San Francisco with Salvatore Maida on the left with Ellen Philipsborn sitting next to him. The identity of the other couple is not known.

“He was a small-town immigrant boy who had been liberated by the Navy to have a cosmopolitan life,” said Gaetano. “It was probably a liberated lifestyle he embraced.”

Since it was 1946 and being an “unwed mother” was not socially acceptable, Ellen Philipsborn fled to New York, probably to hide her pregnancy, said Samberg.

“She was a single young woman who was very career-oriented,” said Samberg. “To raise a child as a single woman in 1946 and to try to have a career in academia would not happen.”

So after Samberg was born, her mother gave her up for adoption.

No one knows if Philipsborn and Maida had a one-night stand or a more extended relationship. But their children believe there was genuine affection. Their proof? The Maidas found a 1946 photograph in their father’s papers (he died in 1990) of the couple on a date at Balalaika, a well-known night club in San Francisco. Samberg’s first cousin found the identical photograph in her aunt’s papers. (Philipsborn died in 2007).

Finding a new family

“Finding Your Roots“ had reached out to Gaetano’s brother, Pietro Maida, to ask for a DNA sample but did not reveal the name of the celebrity being profiled. But after the reveal in the taping, Samberg reached out and was astounded to learn she had half brothers — Nino, Gaetano, called Tano, and Pietro. A half-sister Jenny lived in Washington state.

Samberg’s new extended family gathered Tuesday to watch Finding Your Roots. Margie Samberg is on the white couch flanked by her half-brothers Gaetano, Nino and Pietro. (Photo/Berkeleyside-Roy Robles)

They arranged a get-together and found that, although technically they were strangers, they had a strong connection. A brief meeting turned into a five-hour gabfest.

“It was like ‘let’s continue the conversation we’ve been having for 70 years,’” said Gaetano. “There was no hesitation to embrace the idea we were family. It was weird.”

Since December 2017, Samberg’s newly discovered relatives (which include Jamie, her first cousin on her mother’s side) and her family have met frequently. They have celebrated holidays together, some Jewish, some rooted in Italian history.

“All of a sudden, we have three uncles and their families,” said Darrow. “It feels like all of a sudden we have family here in the East Bay. They are super warm and nice. We couldn’t have asked for more.”

The extended family gathered Tuesday night to watch “Finding Your Roots.” Andy was not there; he was in New York taping an episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” But the discovery had clearly moved him.

“I am overwhelmed with happiness for my mom,” Andy said on the PBS show. “This is a great day for our family.”