The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer to Direct 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Finale (Exclusive)

He follows in the footsteps of cohort Jorma Taccone in stepping behind the camera on the Andy Samberg comedy.
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Akiva Schaffer

The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer is heading to Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Schaffer, one-third of the comedy trio that includes Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, will direct the season finale of the Golden Globe-winning freshman Fox comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Production on the finale, which airs March 25 at 9:30 p.m., begins next week.

The news of Schaffer's directing stint comes after The Lonely Island inked a multiyear comedy development pact with Fox in January and Taccone helmed Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Thanksgiving episode.

Repped by UTA and Mosaic, Schaffer is featured on The Lego Movie's "Everything Is Awesome" song as part of the trio and is behind memorable Saturday Night Live digital shorts like "Lazy Sunday" and "Dick in a Box." He has directed the features Hot Rod  and Ben Stiller's The Watch and was an executive producer on MacGruber.

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