From Saturday Night Live to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we’ve been amused by Andy Samberg‘s oddly great sense of humor. He has constantly been regrouping with his college-founded, comedy band “The Lonely Island” with Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, former writers on SNL. The goofy threesome recently produced the sublime sketch show, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.
And on Netflix today, they unanticipatedly dropped their latest joint, a half-hour “visual poem” called The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience.
If you’re not into baseball, the show begins almost as confusingly as its name with an introductory title card, but it’s so worth waiting a few minutes before switching back to rewatching Friends.
The show explores the shared persona of 80s baseball players — “The Bash Brothers,” aka Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire— in a Beyoncé’s Lemonade style collection of music videos, all thematically linked to each other. (Just a recap: Beyoncé’s album Lemonade was explicitly themed around Black identity, sisterhood and Jay-Z‘s marital infidelity)
A standard Beyoncé reference/tribute in the show is when Andy Samberg stands in a forest, rotating a crystal ball and uttering, “Where do the animals go when the soil has run dry? Where will we hide from the sun when all the trees are dead? I see myself everywhere but here.” We could all easily believe these lyrics are straight out of a Beyoncé song.
Somewhat like Beyoncé, and maybe even Drake, except profoundly about athletes, the Lonely Island produces hard-hitting lyrics: “Stab that needle in my ass until I am rich / Make me a god with the chemical sciences.”
But here’s the catch: It’s actually funny, even for those who literally know nothing about baseball. Plus, there are tonnes of surprise cameos, Jenny Slate, Haim, Maya Rudolph, Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and hilarious ones like This Is Us star Sterling K Brown playing Sia.
So all dark comedy lovers out there, watch this clip and decide for yourself!