Dick in a Box

Following on my posting yesterday of a scene of five naked guys in Santa hats, each with his genitals covered by a package or a box (a bit of silly sexy language play), Ellen Evans pointed me to the 2006 Saturday Night Live sketch with the song “Dick in a Box”:

Andy and Raif and their boxes

From Wikipedia:

“Dick in a Box” is the debut single by American comedy troupe The Lonely Island featuring singer Justin Timberlake. The song and music video debuted on Saturday Night Live as an SNL Digital Short on December 16, 2006. The video depicts two early-1990s R&B ballad singers Andy (Andy Samberg) and Raif (Justin Timberlake) crooning a holiday song about making a gift for their girlfriends of their penises which they have wrapped in boxes (strategically placed) and topped with bows.

The song originated from Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels, who asked Samberg to write a track to showcase Timberlake’s singing abilities. “Dick in a Box” was recorded in one night while its music video filmed the following day. After being screened by NBC executives for content, the short debuted less than a few hours later. In its original network airing, the word “dick”, a recurring word in the chorus, was bleeped 16 times.

Saturday Night Live producers made the decision to publish the uncensored version of the short online after its broadcast debut under the titles “Special Treat in a Box” or “Special Christmas Box”. Like its predecessor, “Lazy Sunday”, “Dick in a Box” became a major viral hit on the Internet. It received a very favorable audience and critical reception. The song won the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Music & Lyrics in 2007. The popularity of the short led to ongoing collaborations with Timberlake in his succeeding SNL visits, in 2009 with “Motherlover” and “3-Way (The Golden Rule)” in 2011.

… The style of the video and the musical performance is inspired by early 1990s R&B/new jack swing acts like Color Me Badd, Jodeci and R. Kelly; The Lonely Island and Timberlake were fans of such acts while growing up. The premise also resembles a scene in the 1982 Barry Levinson film Diner, in which Mickey Rourke places his penis inside a box of popcorn at a movie theater to win a bet, and a scene in the 1980 Claude Pinoteau film La Boum, in which a junior high school student performs an identical act for fun.

The uncensored video of “Dick in a Box” can be viewed here; the video of “Mother Lover” (an allusion to motherfucker; two buddies agree to fuck each other’s mothers as a gift to them for Mothers Day) can be viewed here; and the one for “3-Way” (the buddies agree to a three-way with a woman, citing the Golden Rule: “It’s OK when it’s in a 3-way; it’s not gay when it’s in a 3-way”) can be viewed here. Later videos with outrageous content of one kind or another: “Jizz in My Pants” (on view here); “I’m On a Boat”, where the song starts with shit and goes on to a ton of motherfuckers (on view here);  and “I Just Had Sex” (on view here).

On to the players. Wikipedia on The Lonely Island:

The Lonely Island is an American comedy trio, formed by Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone at Berkeley, California in 2001. The trio first met the previous decade while attending high school. After graduating from college, they regrouped and moved to Los Angeles, California, where they struggled to find work and began making short films, combining absurdist comedy and occasionally music. Among the first performers to post their material on the Internet, they involved themselves with Channel 101, a non-profit monthly short film festival. Their popularity at the screenings led to unsuccessful pilot deals with Fox and Comedy Central, but also a writing job for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. The show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, recommended them to Lorne Michaels, the creator of Saturday Night Live.

The group was hired for Saturday Night Live in 2005, with all three as writers and Samberg as a featured player. Bypassing the traditional process of pitching, they recorded their own material independently and submitted it to the program. Their second sketch to air, “Lazy Sunday”, became an online sensation, the first of many viral videos they produced while at SNL. They led their own division at the program — SNL Digital Shorts — which led to numerous viral videos, including “Dick in a Box”, “Jizz in My Pants”, “I’m on a Boat”, “Like a Boss”, “I Just Had Sex”, “Jack Sparrow”, and “YOLO”. Their musical comedic work has comprised three full studio albums: Incredibad (2009), Turtleneck & Chain (2011), and The Wack Album (2013). The three retired from SNL in the early 2010s, but occasionally make guest appearances.

And Wikipedia on Timberlake:

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. During the group’s hiatus, Timberlake released his debut studio album Justified (2002), which included the successful singles “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body”, and earned his first two Grammy Awards.

His second record, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), [was] distinguished from his previous release by its wide-range of musical influences

… From 2008 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career, effectively putting his music career on hiatus; he held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, In Time, and Friends with Benefits.

One Response to “Dick in a Box”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    On the bleeping of dick on tv: non-sexual dick ‘a stupid, irritating, or ridiculous person, particularly a man’ (and also prick ‘a man regarded as stupid, unpleasant, or contemptible’) are generally acceptable, but dick and prick referring to a penis are not.

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