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A comedy troupe featuring former Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg, and his long-time friends Jorma Taccone and Akiva Shaffer (who served as SNL writers). They are as well known for their humorous tongue-in-cheek songs as they are for the accompanying videos, which often air on SNL. They're quite prone to Memetic Mutation, as the famous "Jizz in my Pants" single from 2009 shows, being one of the top viewed YouTube videos. They've released three albums, Incredibad, Turtleneck and Chain and The Wack Album.


Murder these tropes, feed 'em to the fishes:

  • Adam Westing: Most of their guest stars play exaggerated versions of themselves. Michael Bolton is an easily distracted cinephile, Justin Timberlake goes after Anything That Moves, and Nicki Minaj has No Social Skills.
  • Aerith and Bob: Their names are Jorma, Akiva and... Andy.
  • An Aesop:
    • Boombox: A boombox is NOT a toy.
    • Throw It On The Ground: You can't trust the system, MAAAAAAN.
    • Dreamgirl: Chex Mix = Number One.
    • After Party: You can't spend your whole life jerking off.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Watch Me Do Me".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • The reasons for jizzing in your pants becomes... normal toward the end.
    • Who Said We're Wack?: How could the devil turn the blue sky black? How many babies born won't ever reach their dreams? And how could a person call another person wack?
    • Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions: "Denzel [Washington] walks, Will Smith walks, Mark Wahlberg is wearing a hat."
  • Applied Phlebotinum:
    • The boombox from the eponymous song, which can make stuffy old men and women dance, erase racism and crime, and make rich people get loose. It also can cause elderly orgies.
    • Santana DVX, especially for animals.
  • Ate His Gun: THE BOSS attempts this but ultimately doesn't go through with it.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: For Michael Bolton, "This whole town's a pussy...just waitin' to get FUUUUUUUUCKED!"
  • Awesome Music: "Boombox" specifically invokes the power of this trope, and the last verse demonstrates the dangers of an overdose. invoked
  • Ax-Crazy: Dreamgirl, from her eponymous song, talks to her shoe like it's her friend, yells all the time, pretends to be... something... and has threatened to stab the narrator in his sleep.
  • Berserk Button: Depending on the song:
    • Being called wack
    • Jeans.
    • Boiled Goose.
    • "Throw It On The Ground"'s character is nothing but a series of these.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: In "Like A Boss".
    "...Crash down in the sewers (Like a boss!)/ Meet a giant fish (Like a boss!)/Fuck its brains out! (Like a boss!)..."
  • The Big Rotten Apple: "I Run NY" mocks this; it is sung from the perspective of New York's mayor and his complaints get progressively more mundane as the song progresses (at one point he nearly cries because the Chief of Police mocked his tie).
  • Boastful Rap - "I'm on a Boat" and "We're Back" are mockeries of this. "Jack Sparrow" would have been this if not for Michael Bolton.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The actions in Like A Boss gets more ridiculous as that song progresses.
  • Brick Joke: "The following song is brought to you by Chex Mix."
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Jorma is left off of the boat ride (and taunted for it) amongst other indignities.
    • Who invited Steve?
    • He's also harassed by Ras Trent for being a "baldhead".
    • What kind of rapping name is Steve? ...Steve?!
    • "Mama", the Mom herself and her husband Dale. In a song about loving your mother.
  • Call-Back: "After Party" uses this in regards to "Like A Boss" in the final verse, with "And then after that I pass out in the sewer, meet a giant fish, FUCK ITS BRAINS OUT"
  • The Cameo:
  • Cargo Ship - In-universe, the crew apparently bone their turtlenecks in "Turtleneck and Chain".
  • Cloudcuckoolander - The "Normal Guy". Michael Bolton, of all people, in "Jack Sparrow".
  • Cluster F-Bomb: I'm On A Boat, among others.
  • Chekhov's Gun: "The following song was brought to you by Chex Mix."
  • Cool Boat: Take a wild guess.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • invoked In one promo for an awards night Andy was hosting, he was claimed to be the son of Michael Cera and Jack Black.
    • The entire band and an alien in the eponymous single.
    • Andy writes "freaky fanfiction where cartoons fuck" in "We're Back!", specifically, he wrote Rule 34 of CGI Garfield and Marmaduke, helpfully illustrated in the music video.
    • Falcor and Atreyu in a skit.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Shy Ronnie. Shame he only gets a verse off.
  • Crying After Sex: In the song "I Just Had Sex" the singers celebrate having sex for the first time; they either don't recognize or don't care that it wasn't very good. Among other things, one singer admits he "cried the whole time, (Doesn't matter, had sex!)"
  • Dance Sensation: The Creep explains how to perform this dance. It's so effective at its intended function that it's never going to catch on.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?- Yes.Yes, they did. In a song called, say it with us, "I Just Had Sex!"
  • Don't Explain the Joke: "Last week thought I saw you on the street, turned out it was a bag of trash/just a big ol' bag a'trash/(I thought you looked like a bag of trash)"
  • Dull Surprise:
    • Those Two Guys of "Just Two Guyz" and "We Like Sportz". Just two guys having a good time...
    • In "We Like Sportz" they manage to combine this with Large Ham.
  • Fingerless Gloves: In "Boombox"
    "Whoa-oa-oa, everyone was wearing fingerless gloves..."
  • Flanderization: "Dick in a Box" was a parody of cheesy '90s sex ballads. By "3-Way (The Golden Rule)", the protagonists had evolved into Disco Dans living in a caricature of the '90s.
  • Flat "What":
    • Andy in "Jack Sparrow", in response to Michael Bolton's non-sequitur chorus.
    • Akiva in response to the alien's request to have intercourse in Incredibad.
  • Gag Penis: Shy Ronnie, of all people, claims he hung a "giant ass noose off his giant ass dick".
  • Giving Up on Logic: The entire band winds up doing this in regards to Michael Bolton's performance on "Jack Sparrow". They eventually give up trying to get the song back on track and just sit back dumbfounded and watch Bolton go.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Rocky, the titular boxer rips off Andys and beats him with them.
  • Groin Attack: In "Like A Boss"
    "Chop my balls off! (Like a boss!)"
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: "After Party" plays with this, the narrator going through a cycle of living a playboy lifestyle, having an existential breakdown, masturbating in various locations, joining Alcoholics Anonymous, sleeping with a prostitute, losing his hand in a game of dice, then going back to his old ways. Then going through the same cycle the next week.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The narrator of "Threw It On The Ground", who'll let out his rage by throwing things on the ground at the slightest provocation.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today??: The two singers in "No Homo", specifically of the "doth protest too much" variety.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The narrator in Space Olympics, against the alien hordes.
  • Hipster: The narrator of Throw it On the Ground.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the song "I Fucked My Aunt", guest singer T-Pain claims that he had sex with his aunt too, but unlike Jorm, Akiva, and Andy, he wasn't actually demented enough to make a song about it... as he's participating in a song about fucking aunts.
  • I Love the Dead: Nicki Minaj, of all people, in "The Creep".
  • Informed Ability: The Sax Man is the greatest musician alive according to Jack Black's narration, though you would never know from his few feeble notes on the actual song.
  • In-Joke: Motherlover references Dick in a Box twice (throwing away empty boxes with dickholes in the beginning of the video after being released from prison, and the last verse's lyric "This is the second best idea that we've ever had"), being that they both feature Justin Timberlake.
  • Intercourse with You:
    • Parodied in "Dick in a Box", which is a parody of all those sex ballads of The Nineties and Present Day.
    • "Bing Bong Brothers" just flat-out mocks this.
    • "I Just Had Sex".
  • It's Snowing Cocaine: In "Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)" in a parody of the Scarface scene Bolton-as-Tony Montana is shown doing this, and mentions "mountains of cocaine" in the lyrics.
  • Jerk Ass:
    • The trio in "Japan", who are fucking over their label company and eventually dump an old man in the river.
    • The narrator of "Threw it on the Ground".
  • Jizzed in My Pants: The Trope Namer.
  • Karmic Death: The narrator in "Threw It On The Ground".
  • Laser Blade:
  • Left-Fielder: Michael Bolton in "Jack Sparrow".
  • Mind-Control Music:
    • The song in "Go Kindergarten" convinces the audience to do all sorts of weird things, including things which shouldn't even be possible, like making their butts drink helium and speak in a high-pitched voice.
    • The eponymous box from "Boom Box" causes people to lose control when they hear music coming from it.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: The entirety of "Who Said We're Wack".
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Something of a speciality of the group. Many of their songs involve giving a bombastic R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop treatment to subject matter that is usually quite mundane:
    • "Like A Boss" is mostly the boss talking about how he does stuff like a boss. It starts off fairly ordinary ("Talk to Corporate LIKE A BOSS!") but ends up going to some rather strange places ("Turn into a jet LIKE A BOSS!")
    • "I'm On A Boat" is basically an epic set of beats combined with lyrics describing how the group is, well, on a boat.
    • "I Just Had Sex" gives the full-on power ballad treatment to two guys rejoicing over what appear to have been some very underwhelming sexual encounters.
    • "Lazy Sunday" treats two guys going to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as if it were a hardcore gangster rap about planning a heist and indulging in conspicuous over-consumption with the proceeds.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Played for Laughs in Ras Trent, a song about a white college kid convert to Rastafarianism and being as stereotypical as possible.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • "Rocky", where Andy fights the titular boxer. Rocky breaks Andy's jaw, nose, ribs and eye socket, knocks his teeth out, fractures his shins, rips his arms out, throws acid in his face, and pees on him. The ref then declares Andy legally dead.
    • And that was the night I fought Rocky!
  • Overcrank: Adds emphasis when the main character from Threw It On The Ground demonstrates the song title.
  • The Peeping Tom: Played for equal amounts of laughs and squick in "Do the Creep", which features Jorm, Akiva, and Andy sitting on a tree limb to peep through a window, and Nicki Minaj hiding in a locker to watch boys change after gym.
  • Porn Stache: The Bing Bong Brothers.
  • Precision F-Strike: FUCKING PLAY SOMETHING, SAX MAN!!!
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Ras Trent. See Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
  • Product Placement: Chex Mix in Dream Girl.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: At the memetic part of 300, I Jizzed. In. My Pants.
  • Schmuck Bait: The end of "Who Says We're Wack", where the boys found out who said they were wack by having first the ladies put their hands up, then the fellas, then whoever said they're wack, before telling everyone else to put their hands down. Apparently, whoever called them wack kept their hands up, because they were quickly picked out of the crowd.
  • Serial Escalation:
    • The eponymous Dreamgirl gets uglier with every verse. How ugly? Listen for yourself.
    "It's music to my ears when you scream in your sleep."
    • Similarly, "Like a Boss" deals with the day of a boss. Most of the earlier stuff is fairly mundane boss stuff (workshops, birthdays, synergy), then after a failed suicide attempt, degenerates into scoring coke, crashing his car, self-fellating, eating chicken strips, self-castration, having sex with a giant fish in a sewer, turning into a jet and bombing Russia, and finally crashing into the sun and dying. On a daily basis.
  • Serious Business: Another trademark of the band. Many of their songs involve taking something mundane or silly to incredibly absurd lengths of seriousness. Such as:
    • "Who Says We're Wack": Being called 'wack' is, to the group at least, one of the most devastating insults imaginable.
    • "Santana DVX": In which a the band celebrates a champagne released from a vineyard owned by Carlos Santana thusly:
      On the seventh day, it's been said God rests
      But on the eighth day, he made the DVX
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrinking Violet: "Shy Ronnie",
  • Slasher Smile: John Waters advises you to do this for "The Creep".
  • Smug Snake:
    • In "Punch You in the Jeans": These days, a lotta cats is outta line.
    • The narrator of "Throw It On The Ground".
  • Space Opera: "Space Olympics" is a deconstruction— Turns out, sports in SPAAAACE don't work so well.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • 'Laser Cats', wherein Andy and Bill Hader attempt to pitch their ultra-low-budget Z-movies, each time getting them thrown out of an office at the end. Even James Cameron's approval doesn't help.
    • Any video that involves Guy #1 and Guy #2, who sing in a bored monotone.
  • Stealth Parody:
    • Oddly "I'm on a Boat". If it wasn't obvious enough...
    • "We're Back" is far more obvious, but it's a mockery of self-aggrandizing Boastful Rap.
    • "Jack Sparrow" partially mocks boastful club anthem raps. The other half just turns into Michael Bolton singing about various films.
    • "Turtleneck and Chain" is another club anthem parody.
    • "Attracted to Us" mocks contemporary power-pop music regarding girls.
  • Stealth Pun: The music video for "I Just Had Sex" includes them winning medals in the sex Olympics because they "came first".
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe, the three boys wish to be the "Greatest Bad MCs on Earth" in the song "Incredibad".
  • Tempting Fate: Dreamgirl: "You say you're gonna stab me in my sleep, but you won't!"
  • Those Two Guys:
    • "Just Two Guyz"'s, uhm, guys. Also, in "We Like Sportz". We're just two guys, hanging out, having fun. Right, Guy Number Two?
    • Yeah, Guy Number One.
  • A Threesome is Manly: What the duo attempt to convince the other of in the song "3-Way".
  • Title Drop: The album title Incredibad is name dropped in the last line of the last song.
  • Touched by Vorlons: According to "Incredibad", the source of their musical talents.
  • Trademark Favourite Food:
    • Half the world is eating boiled goose in "Boombox".
    • Chex Mix in Dreamgirl. Yes, there's a reason...
  • The Treachery of Images: Threw It On The Ground: "I'm not a part of your system! My dad's not a phone! DUH!"
  • Twist Ending: The last few verses of Dreamgirl abruptly switch to talking about Chex Mix.
  • Undead Author:
    • The boss in "Like a Boss", who apparently survives self-castration and flying into the sun unscathed on a daily basis.
    • "The doctor came out and pronounced me dead, and that was the night I fought Rocky."
  • Unflinching Walk: "Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions" mocks and pays tribute to this trope. Subverted at the end, when Will Ferrell and Andy flinch as a building explodes and start running.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Like A Boss"
    "Puke on Debra's desk! (Like a boss!)
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Space Olympics: "As you file to your escape pods, I'll distract the alien hordes. And as I stare death in the face I know my sins will take me to Hell.


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