Hot Rod & Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Another Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of The Lonely Island's debut and sophomoric cinematic comedies: Hot Rod and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Hot Rod was written originally for Will Ferrell before it ended up in development hell. The Lonely Island, then brand new on Saturday Night Live, were utilising the internet for comedy sketches way before it was cool, and SNL producer Lorne Michaels knew the trio would be perfect for Paramount's Hot Rod script. While Hot Rod wouldn't set the box office alight, it would become a huge hit on DVD, and a cult favourite, propelling The Lonely Island to the big leagues.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, unlike Hot Rod, was created, written, directed by and starring The Lonely Island, and drew inevitable comparisons with the king of the music mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. Chronicling the meteoric rise of Conner4Real, former lead singer of The Style Boyz, his fall from grace and ultimate redemption, it's a lovingly scathing parody of the music industry and like Hot Rod, struggled at the box office before finding an audience. It's a good job Conner is so humble...
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