25 Celeb Cameos In 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' You Won't Be Able To Stop Thinking About
If you're familiar with the work of comedy trio The Lonely Island, it will come as no surprise that their new movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is absolutely hilarious. The film, in theaters June 3, is an inspired satire of music documentaries and the music industry in general. Popstar also has many of the same elements that make the group's digital shorts so funny, such as songs with ridiculous lyrics, visual jokes, and some surprising appearances by superstars. Seriously, there are so many celebrity cameos in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping that it's almost hard to keep track.
In some ways, it seems inevitable that the new movie would feature a lot of stars; The Lonely Island has consistently recruited A-listers for all of their major music videos. Also, all three members of the group used to work at Saturday Night Live (Jorma Tacoone and Akiva Schaffer were writers, while Andy Samberg was a writer and cast member), so they clearly have a ton of connections through that network. But there's also some irony in the fact that there are so many celeb cameos in the movie given that it's a parody on the very industry in which all of these people work. Basically, Popstar uses its main character Conner to poke fun at a celebrity-obsessed culture while also containing many of the celebrities that people are obsessed with. The whole thing is very meta and utterly hilarious. Here are some of the stars who make memorable appearances in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Spoilers ahead!
The singer appears as himself to speak about Conner's rise to fame in a documentary-style interview.
2. Will Forte
A heavily-bearded Forte appears as a bagpiper, who is one of the many people that Conner employs simply because he can.
Questlove is another celeb who sings Conner's praises in an interview.
The popstar has a cameo in one of Conner's hilariously bad songs.
5. Sarah Silverman
Silverman is Conner's publicist, who wants to keep his career thriving in order to keep money rolling in.
6. Tim Meadows
Meadows plays a character who was formerly a member of a famous four-man musical group, but is now Conner's manager.
7. Maya Rudolph
The comedic actor portrays a corporate rep who spearheads a campaign to have Conner's songs played by household appliances.
8. Mariah Carey
Carey appears as herself to ironically comment on how much she relates to Conner's song "Humble."
9. Will Arnett
The comedy star plays the head of a TMZ-like office (called CMZ), where everyone hysterically laughs about the goings-on in Hollywood while sipping on oversized straws.
10. Simon Cowell
Cowell says some incredibly complimentary things about Conner, which obviously means a lot coming from him.
11. Justin Timberlake
JT had one of the most surprising cameos in Popstar as Conner's personal chef.
12. DJ Khaled
The famous producer throws in his two cents about Conner's amazing talents in an interview.
13. Bill Hader
Hader is one of Conner's roadies who has some eccentric hobbies.
14. Chelsea Peretti
Peretti is another CMZ employee who joins in the hysteria over Conner's misadventures.
15. Michael Bolton
Bolton, who previously collaborated with The Lonely Island on the song "Jack Sparrow," appears onstage in the film's musical finale.
16. Ringo Starr
Another unexpected cameo is that of Ringo Starr. Seriously, this movie has a Beatle in it.
17. Imogen Poots
The British actor plays Conner's vapid girlfriend Ashley.
18. Carrie Underwood
Underwood appears as herself and remarks on Conner's star power.
19. Martin Sheen
Sheen and Conner have an altercation that gets captured on camera.
Seal gets more than he bargained for when he performs at Conner's staged proposal to Ashley.
21. Adam Levine
The singer is featured on one of Conner's hit songs, and appears onstage as a hologram.
22. Mike Birbiglia
Birbiglia is another comedian who appears in the CMZ bullpen.
23. Jimmy Fallon
The host, who is close friends with Samberg IRL, appears as himself.
24. Joan Cusack
The actor plays Conner's mom Tilly, who is quite the party animal.
25. Snoop Dogg
Conner and his camera crew run into the iconic rapper at an awards show, where Snoop has his own documentary crew with him.
It's clear that there's no shortage of star power in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Enjoy seeing your favorite real-life celebs act silly onscreen in the new comedy, and enjoy Samberg's antics as fake celebrity Conner 4Real.