Andy Samberg Explains How Natalie Portman Finally Got Her SNL Rap Sequel

When Vulture interviewed Seth Meyers about the SNL writers’ quest to pick the best Lonely Island Digital Short a couple years ago, he kept coming back to Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer’s ability to shoot sequels that actually topped their original sketches. This might seem like a small thing, but to comedy writers at a show where they are ten asked to go back to a well, it’s an impressive feat. Justin Timberlake’s return to SNL brought us “Motherlover” three years after “Dick in a Box,” and “3-Way (The Golden Rule)” two years after that. When Rihanna was the musical guest in 2009 and 2010, poor Shy Ronnie had to try to rap twice. The biggest gap between Lonely Island installments, course, was 2005’s “Lazy Sunday” and 2012’s “Lazy Sunday 2.”

Until this past weekend. Almost 12 years after Natalie Portman’s first rap, we got “Natalie’s Rap 2.” The difference is, unlike the previous sequels, the guys don’t work at the show anymore. In fact, if you discount the videos they play on the show to promote other projects, this is their first short since Samberg left SNL in 2012. And, as he tells Vulture, it almost didn’t happen. We talked to Samberg about how “Natalie’s Rap 2” came together on short notice, what he misses about working on SNL, and whether Jar Jar Binks having 17 dicks is canon.