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The Lonely Island Closes Out First Tour In Minneapolis

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Photo by Dylan Novacek

In the mid-2000s, musical comedy trio The Lonely Island defined the humor of an entire generation. I have vivid memories of being a kid and staying up way too late watching Saturday Night Live. I remember laughing my ass off to digital shorts like “Threw it on the Ground”, rapping to “Lazy Sunday” on the playground with friends, and disappointing the adults around me as I sang along to “I Just Had Sex.” I never would’ve dreamt I would see them in concert. 

The Lonely Island, Minneapolis Armory
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A sold-out crowd at The Armory for The Lonely Island. Image Credit: @ArmoryMN on Twitter.

Finishing out their first ever tour, The Lonely Island helped myself and about 8,000 fans at The Armory have their dreams come true. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone performed with the energy of world-famous rap superstars. On their 8 show tour, these comedy icons crossed over into rockstar status. 

You might be wondering what a Lonely Island concert is really like. Think of it as a hybrid of an off the wall comedy show with EDM visuals, mixed with the energy of a hardcore rap concert (except the audience is primarily comedy dorks and fans of memes). 

Opening with a new song called “We’re On Stage”, a hilarious take on the build-up to a band finally coming on stage, the trio then performed their entire main discography of viral hits and fan favorites. 

During their hour and a half set, fans were treated to favorite characters such as Shy Ronnie performing Sicko Mode, Ras Trent, and more. 

My personal favorite moment in the show was when Samberg became my favorite of his characters: Connor 4 Real. Straight up, my all time favorite comedy is The Lonely Island’s movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Seeing him perform “Humble,” “Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song),” and “Incredible Thoughts” made my entire life. 

On a side note: please watch Popstar if you get the chance. They joked on stage about how it was a box office bomb and that is a darn shame. 

Another stand-out moment was the mashup of “Dick In a Box,” “Motherlover,” and “3 Way.” Two dedicated fans even cosplayed as the iconic Samberg & Justin Timberlake characters. In lieu of not having Timberlake or Lady Gaga around for this mashup, they improvised with puppets, which was almost as good as the real thing! 

Seth MeyersThe Lonely Island, Minneapolis Armory
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Seth Meyers introducing The Lonely Island.

The show wasn’t without special guest stars. Opening the performance was Chappelle Show co-creator, Neal Brennan. Seth Meyers made a surprise appearance to introduce the group. Additionally, baseball legend Jose Canseco appeared on stage during TLI’s newest song “Jose and Mark” from their new Netflix special The Bash Brothers

Check out a clip from their latest special here:

From special ‘show only’ skits like “Laser Cats Throughout Cinema History” to closing out the night with megahit “I’m On A Boat,” I can 100% say this was my concert of the year so far.  

Throughout the night, their running joke was: “If anyone wants to fuck me, I’ll be chillin’ outside the Panera Bread on Nicollete & 8th. Bad bitches only. Thank you, God Bless.” So, if the Lonely Island is reading this article: we’re waiting. 

Minneapolis Fans, Panera Bread, The Lonely Island, Minneapolis Armory
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Minneapolis fans outside Panera Bread downtown. Photo credit: @edpossehl on Twitter. (The band never came, but everyone did get free shirts for showing up).

The Lonely Island Setlist – June 29, Minneapolis, MN:

  1. We’re On Stage
  2. Jizz In My Pants
  3. YOLO
  4. Diaper Money
  5. Semicolon
  6. Boom Box
  7. The Creep
  8. Ras Trent
  9. Like A Boss
  10. Threw It On The Ground
  11. We Like Sportz
  12. Sicko Mode with Shy Ronnie
  13. I’m So Humble
  14. Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)
  15. Jose and Mark
  16. IHOP Parking Lot
  17. Lazy Sunday
  18. Dick In A Box / Motherlover / 3 Way
  19. I Just Had Sex
  20. Incredible Thoughts
  21. Donkey Roll
  22. Jack Sparrow
  23. I’m On A Boat
    + Additional sketches were performed such as Laser Cats, We Fell Off a Horse and more.

Written by Dylan Novacek

Graphic designer and photographer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Fan of mid 2000s emo, late 90s boy bands and everything in between. Recent graduate from Concordia, Saint Paul. Check out my work: https://dylannovacek.myportfolio.com/

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