The Lonely Island on how they 'created' YouTubeAndy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer discuss the early days of YouTube and their role in its creation.
Connor's around people who are agreeable. It went in, it went in. You know, you guys Lonely Island, really reached out to mainstream audiences with the internet. Were YouTube before YouTube was the YouTube we know it is today, right? You kind of helped push that forward as a platform If you guys can kinda look back and take us back. What does that look like? Because that's when internet video and content was very new. What was that like see the success of how Lazy Sunday just really expolded online and on digital devices. It was exciting. Awesome and rad. All of our coding on YouTube really paid off. I was mostly. To be fair I'd mostly just work on the player. And then these guys were more on working on the back. The staff, I mean, I want to give a lot of big shout outs to these guys. The players, the flashy thing. Yeah, like it's something we really had to get into. Yeah and nobody ever, cuz you can't really see the back end unless your at the office over at YouTube down in silicone valley. But it's a thing of beauty. As surprising to say. It is a very elegant- Clean. Efficient. Yes. And a yeah, so. I was just wondering if it would work and I think we nailed it. People obviously watched, they didn't create YouTube but it sounds like. [LAUGH] Wow. What? You guys didn't create YouTube? I thought that's what you were implying anyway. No I wasn't. Also because I'm just thinking about it now that he's saying it, that we don't, because we don't know how to write code. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That was a major hinderance in us helping out. This guy uses tabs. Yeah, tabs. [LAUGH] [CROSSTALK] Because people you know, people are watching TV less. It was kind of the model of. Look, people aren't doing appointment-viewing television as much, but they watched your video, they shared it, they liked it. That became more important. So, was it kind of weird for you guys to see that change, you were there when it changed. Well, the sites that we were putting our videos up on before, besides our own website, were, it was heavy.com, adamfilm and eyefilm- Eyefilm, yeah. Were like the very early, but you'd send your tape in, and get That proved [CROSSTALK] Yeah it was hard to get a video online, it was expensive. It's a lot cheaper now. [CROSSTALK] But it was super exciting, you know you worked at SNL and for the 35 years before us it would just air and if you wanted to see something again you had to either record it or you had to wait for a rerun. And all of a sudden we made the latest Sunday and the next morning my brother emailed me and like hey you can actually watch it somewhere. So. [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC]