Presenting Andy Samberg, Chief Shark Officer
July 29th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Presenting Andy Samberg, Chief Shark Officer

"Shark Week" - a.k.a. the best seven days of the summer - has given us yet another reason to watch: First-ever Chief Shark Officer, Andy Samberg.

We caught up with the "SNL" star while he was on the set of his upcoming movie, "I Hate You Dad," to find out what it's like to swim with sharks and what he's got in the works with his digital-shorts cohort, Justin Timberlake. Doubles ice skating, anyone?

CNN: How does it feel to have the impressive title of Chief Shark Officer?

Andy Samberg: Well, it was a childhood dream, obviously. Even though I'm the first ever Chief Shark Officer, I assumed that someday they would invent that role and that when they did, I would be there and be completely qualified to be named it. It was one of those once in a lifetime things you get asked to do something that you never to be expected.

CNN: After working with them, would you say sharks get a bad rep?

AS: The sharks that I worked with were pretty chill. They listened to a lot of jazz; they had a lot of really nice tapestries. (Laughs) Yeah, I guess so.

CNN: What kind of stuff did you have to do with the sharks?

AS: We filmed a bunch... for some shows and some ad spots - and then some other stuff where I actually got into the water in chain mail and was floating on a surf board. Somewhere between 15 and 30 pretty sizable reef sharks were all eating around me and splashing around, and bumping into me.

CNN: That sounds terrifying! What was it like?

AS: It was like lightning ... and more scary than an orgy. That's a lot of bodies - a lot of slapping around and a lot of fish.

CNN: How does it feel to have the Lonely Island nominated for half of the slots in the Emmy category for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics?

AS: It's an incredibly huge honor. We were obviously surprised - you're lucky enough to get one nomination and three is just amazing. We're really, really thrilled, happy and proud. It's just awesome for us - we feel great about it.

CNN: You and Justin Timberlake have created some hilarious videos - anything else in the works?

AS: I'm not sure - we were talking about maybe taking up doubles ice skating and seeing how that goes. We noticed that there was a weakness in Wimbledon for mixed pairs. We felt like maybe that was a place where we could dominate.

CNN: Besides "I Hate You, Dad" with Adam Sandler, what else you do you have coming up?

AS: I shot a smaller film with my friend, Rashida Jones - a script that she wrote with her friend, Will McCormick, called "Celeste and Jesse Forever." And I just got a small part in Bill Hader's wife, Maggie's, movie ("The To Do List") with Aubrey Plaza.

CNN: You've been on "Saturday Night Live" since 2005 - how does the atmosphere on set evolve?

AS: It changes ever so slightly just because people have different personalities, but everyone who works there now has talked pretty consistently about how we feel like we're there at a really lucky time.

Both in the fact that there's a lot of really funny, talented people there and also a lot of really nice, agreeable people. There's definitely a family, supportive environment.

Discovery Channel's week of teeth, adrenaline and, yes, education premieres at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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  58. charlie crack

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  59. grammarpolice

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  60. Argle Bargle

    Who is Andy Samblerg and Justin Timbercake?

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  61. One

    Haters gonna hate.

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  62. fkjdbnfjesgrvdfc


    July 30, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      You're a tool and a coward for posting this. If you're going to stoop so low as to throw out derogatory racial slurs, have the guts to use the actual word. But either way, shame on you.

      July 30, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  63. AmazinBabe

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    July 30, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  64. MissyLynne

    They shouldn't have messed with Shark Week. Mike Rowe is, was, and always will be the best guy for the job!

    July 30, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  65. Bignified

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    July 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. charlie crack

    @Superhiro- no offense taken by me at all bro...just was trying to stick up for you when @Antihiro became condescending. You're good with me totally. I just didn't like to see that when you were kind and acknowledged your mistake and even made a joke about it. Have a good one....

    July 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Superhiro

    Lol wow, excuse me for trying to say something nice. Didn't know it would offend people 😐

    July 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  69. charlie crack

    @Antihiro- he acknowledged his mistake, nicely too...

    July 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  70. charlie crack

    @paul- back off @SuperHiro bro.....don't be a grammar queen...

    July 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Superhiro

    Lol oh forgiiiiiive me for mixing up grammys and emmys, two equally useless awards.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antihiro

      Yet you gave them props??? Dummy.

      July 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      How many do you have? Opened any doors for you? Making a bit of money? Hmm, this article isn't about you! Maybe tomorrow? Should we wait to hear about your next project coming out with some actor or actress?

      July 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Superhiro

    Dang, 3 more grammy nominations for Lonely Island? Props to Andy, Jorma and Kiev.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Superhiro...for someone that is on here a lot, I'd think you would have learned to read by now. It says Emmy nominations.

      July 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me@work

      Indeed. Those guys have all been great, for many years now (pre-SNL).

      July 31, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  73. chucky

    Hello my name is Andy... may I take your order... get used to saying that soon,Andy...

    July 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Josh

    @ shy: Ok, that was funny. Good for a Friday.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Shy Rodney

    It's just prep work for the next hit, 'I Just F*'ed Your Shark, No, Wait, It Was Your Mom"

    July 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Junkpile

    Ah yes.......comedy and sharks has already been done by Chevy Chase and the land shark skits. Please go make a silly song video Andy and leave the sharks be.......

    July 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  77. ed

    Yeah ok Andy. *POOT* <-right in ya face.

    July 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

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