Akiva Schaffer

Although writer/director Akiva Schaffer attended film school at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he actually began collaborating with his comedic partners during his adolescence in Berkeley. In junior high ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1977

Filmography

Director (12)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

The Adventurer's Handbook 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

SNL Christmas 2012 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

The Watch 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Saturday Night Live 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Director

Saturday Night Live Sports Extra '09 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Hot Rod 2007 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (6)

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

Lawrence (Actor)

Neighbors 2014 (Movie)

Toga #2 (Actor)

Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Male Cheerleader (Actor)

The Watch 2012 (Movie)

Casual Wanker #3 (Actor)
Producer (4)

I'm Sorry 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Party Over Here 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

MacGruber 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (3)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Writer

Extreme Movie 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 (Movie)

("Me Likey That") (Song)
Other (1)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Although writer/director Akiva Schaffer attended film school at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he actually began collaborating with his comedic partners during his adolescence in Berkeley. In junior high, Schaffer concocted live comedy skits with fellow yuksters Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone. These skits soon expanded into comedy shorts and music video parodies, work that was strong enough to win them an invitation to write material for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Jimmy Fallon was that year's host and was so struck by the group's material that he alerted "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels. In no time, Samberg became a cast member while Schaffer and Taccone joined the writing staff. Schaffer's creative control over his material is considerable, as he directs, co-writes, and edits the so-called "Digital Shorts," some of the most successful skits in recent "SNL" history. The 2005 short "Lazy Sunday," for instance, went on to score millions of hits on YouTube before its removal for copyright infringement. After the success of his short "SNL" material, Schaffer set his sights on feature films, directing the 2007 comedy "Hot Rod," which starred Samberg, Sissy Spacek, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Will Arnett. That same year, Schaffer won an Emmy for the "SNL Digital Short" "Dick in a Box" along with his collaborators Samberg, Taccone, and Justin Timberlake.

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