A lot of people have bemoaned the state of Saturday Night Live over the past few years, and while I agree that the glory days are far behind them, there's one new thing on SNL that I really love: the Digital Shorts. I think the guys who make them secretly wish they were rappers and/or R&B singers, though, since every other short is some kind of parody rap. They're mostly hilarious, though, and we've collected them all here.
The video that started it all and put Andy Samberg on the map, so to speak.
Natalie Portman sheds her good-girl rep with a little gangsta rap. The uncensored version is here.
Dick in a Box
Justin Timberlake gets straight to the point. This is what happens when subtext becomes text. It's not embeddable anywhere -- but you can watch it here.
Iran So far
Andy Samberg sings a love jam to the president of Iran.
Jizz in My Pants
Admittedly crude, this video has a huge following online.
I'm on a Boat (featuring T-Pain)
A perfect parody of modern rap videos, which seem to need little more than pimpily-dressed rappers in some pimped-out environment (da club, a limo, a yacht), it also makes fun of the overuse of Autotune.
Like A Boss
Definitely NSFW, Samberg details a typical day in the life of a boss -- including things like flying a jet into the sun, meeting a giant fish and castrating himself. Definitely pushing the envelope!
Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake reunite for an old-school jam about moms -- that's definitely NSFW. Featuring good-natured cameos by Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon. It's here.
I Threw it on the Ground
I'm not a charity case, I'm an adult.
Shy Ronnie (featuring Rihanna)
Rihanna sings to a classroom of kids about the importance of learning. Samberg plays the shy kid, who raps like crazy every time Rihanna leaves the room. Simple, but effective. And Rihanna's a good sport.