Andy Samberg: My 'Parks and Recreation' Episode Will Go Down in History

Here's why Andy Samberg is cool. His deadpan reply, when asked about his guest-starring turn as park ranger Carl on tonight's Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC) is as follows.

"Well, I don't want to jinx it, but I'm pretty sure it's the best episode, and maybe not just of this show but of any show on television ever, any theater show, any staged show, movie, or any, like, campfire ritual performed by cavemen. Take it all the way back. I think this is going to be the thing everyone talks about for the rest of their lives, and it will live on in infamy and history. If aliens came down and wanted one artifact to learn about human life, I think it would be this episode of Parks and Recreation. And you can take that to the bank."

Hip goofball that he is, Samberg is a perfect fit for campy, quick-witted Parks and Recreation. As Carl, a guy "assigned an outdoor job because his indoor skills weren't so great," he plays the sort of agreeable buffoon he's so good at on Saturday Night Live. Seeing him shine here -- and on his recent guest spot on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Show -- begs the question: What's next for Andy Samberg?

Five years ago, his clever digital shorts on SNL were so popular -- 2005's "Lazy Sunday" (with Chris Parnell) and 2006's "Dick in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake) -- were actually "the thing everyone talks about." Samberg is still a strong SNL cast member, but his adventures off that set haven't really paid off. It makes your wonder, could it be Samberg has jumped the shark?

There was his 2007 flop Hot Rod. ("Wait until the best parts pop up on YouTube," Entertainment Weekly advised readers.) And since then, Samberg has shot bit parts in movies here and there (the homeless guy in 2008's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist; Paul Rudd's brother in last year's I Love You Man).

Listen, Andy, you're too smart to go down in history as just the guy who did those funny digital shorts! Hopefully, in the distant future, if aliens arrive, I hope they'll have more to go on than "Dick in a Box" and this Parks and Recreation episode when answering the question, Why is Andy Samberg so funny?

VIDEO: Watch our exclusive interview with Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler!

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