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Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Welcome to **Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?** in which The Takeout asks famous and important people to answer the most important question to ever beguile the human race.  

If when you think of Andy Samberg, you think, “Oh, right, he’s the ‘Dick In A Box’ guy,” congratulations, you are correctly remembering the ditty for which he won an Emmy. But if, by chance, that’s your most recent point-of-reference, hoo boy—there’s a whole world of delightful weird funny shit waiting for you, because Samberg has been busy, and he is extremely good at his jobs.

The thing keeping him busiest of late: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the critically acclaimed, fiercely beloved, and majestically not-cancelled cop comedy that was once upon a time found on Fox. That’s no longer the case. If you spent any time on the internet at all during the second week of May, you almost certainly got a taste of what happened when the show’s once-and-former network pulled the plug: An outpouring of affection and cries for renewal that burst forth from famous people and scummy-little-nobodies-like-this-writer alike for a solid 31 hours straight, stopped only when NBC swooped in and saved the day. If you haven’t had the pleasure of making yourself acquainted with Samberg’s latest, its many pleasures await you, and you’ve got time to catch up, as we won’t be seeing it again until 2019.

You could also watch Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which is a delight. Or hell, you could just read on to see what he said when confronted with the question of the ages.


The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Andy Samberg: I don’t think a hot dog is a sandwich.

TO: Why is a hot dog not a sandwich?

AS: Because of the closed side.

TO: Okay, so one enclosed side equals not a sandwich?

AS: Yeah. If you opened up the hot dog bun and halved it, then maybe there’s a conversation to be had there.

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