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The 5 Funniest Moments From Andy Samberg’s Speech At Harvard

Andy Samberg at Harvard Class Day 2012 (Nate Goldman/WBUR)

Andy Samberg at Harvard Class Day 2012 (Nate Goldman/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass — You may be asking, “Why is Andy Samberg — the guy with unmentionable song titles — addressing the graduating class at Harvard?” Well, Samberg himself asks the same question.

One might think the Harvard University’s Class Day ceremony is an opportunity best used to inspire graduating seniors as they enter the “real world.” Samberg took a different route.

From the moment he swaggered onstage with Adele’s “Someone Like You” inexplicably playing behind him, to his final “advice” for students, the 33-year-old actor and comedian made it clear he was in no place to be giving advice. Instead, Samberg just stuck to what he does best — tell culturally relevant jokes. And they were hilarious.

So without further ado, here are the top five funniest jokes from Andy Samberg’s Speech at the Harvard Class Day Ceremony.

5. The Harvard/Harvest metaphor

Andy makes a funny about looking up “Harvard” in the dictionary, only to find “harvest” — the season for gathering crops. The metaphor he then draws is brilliant.

4. “I break up with you first,” Harvard.

Andy responds to those who question his place on stage as the Class Day speaker.

3. “Harvard is one of the few schools you can attend that can also eventually become your workplace nickname”

Samberg speaks the truth about what a Harvard degree does for you in the workforce.

2. Yale asked me to do their Class Day speech but I couldn’t make it to the stage because I kept slipping in all of their drool.”

This two-minute clip is literally just a series of insults aimed at Yale, but his delivery makes this one of the funniest parts of the entire speech. [Warning: This clip contains some not-safe-for-work language.]

1. Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Wahlberg and Nicholas Cage impersonations

Samberg is known for his impersonation of Zuckerberg and speaking at Zuckerberg’s alma mater it only seems fitting that he would pull out the character. As if that wasn’t enough, Samberg continues with an impersonation of Boston native Wahlberg and Hollywood superstar Cage.


And what would an event with Andy Samberg be without the three-step trick that, he says, is the key to any good life? The first step: Cut a hole in a box.

You can watch Samberg’s entire address here.

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