Former 'SNL' Writer Reveals Origins of "Dick in a Box"

Jorma Taccone says Justin Timberlake instantly said yes when pitched the idea.

Ever wonder how "Dick in a Box" became a Saturday Night Live phenomenon?

"We came up with the idea of doing that classic diner bit of putting your penis into a box to trick a woman or man into grabbing your penis," explained former SNL writer Jorma Taccone about the now-infamous digital short.

Taccone added that "Dick in a Box" star Justin Timberlake was completely on board with the idea, saying, "Justin was the only one who was like, 'Approved! This is great!' "

Along with Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, Taccone is one-third of The Lonely Island, the sketch-comedy group that is responsible for the inception and creation of SNL's best-known digital shorts. Aside from "Dick in a Box," the group's other hits include "I'm on a Boat," "Motherlover" and "Like a Boss."

"Lazy Sunday" was Lonely Island's first big digital short. It featured Samberg and former castmember Chris Parnell rapping about their Sunday plans, which largely consisted of seeing The Chronicles of Narnia.

"We loved that tone of taking very mundane characters and having them speak very aggressively about their lives."

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