There’s just something about an unexpected Netflix comedy special that gets us excited and this week The Lonely Island dropped a new 30-minute musical about one of Major League Baseball’s most infamous duos. The comedy group, which consists of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, that first got America laughing with its classic digital shorts on Saturday Night Live is now back with The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience.
Chock full of celebrity guest appearances from Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate, Sterling K. Brown and more, the musical project was executive produced by Samberg, Schaffer, Taccone and Becky Sloviter. It features Samberg and Schaffer as the former home run crushing Oakland Athletics teammates Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, better known by their “The Bash Brothers” nickname. The comedy trio has a little experience when it comes to this sort of thing, thanks to the 2016 hilariously under the radar film Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping – a Justin Bieber satire. It’s unclear how long The Lonely Island was working on the special, though the trio did debut one of the songs late last year, which turned out to be the foundation for the entire project.
The release of The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience was perfectly timed with the 30th anniversary of the Oakland Athletics’ 1989 championship season, a year that captivated the United States, which included an unforgettable earthquake in San Francisco just before the start of Game 3 of the World Series at Candlestick Park. Looking back on it now, in a nostalgia-fueled landscape, is perfect because it was a season filled with mullets, 1980s styles and, most likely, steroids.
From the scenes we’ve seen of the special, it’s absolutely hilarious – and we’re not the only ones that think so either. People on social media are losing their minds over it, including Jose Canseco himself, who admitted he “cannot stop laughing” and that he “loved it.” He even suggests doing a follow-up video and that The Lonely Island should reach out to his manager. This could really blossom into something even more awesome.
Please just keep doing you, Lonely Island.