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PDD Made a Movie! How to Watch Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain hits Peacock on November 17—watch the trailer featuring Conan O'Brien, Bowen Yang, and new SNL cast member Chloe Troast.

By Christopher Rosa

If you love the Please Don't Destroy digital shorts on Saturday Night Live, then you're in for a serious treat, because a movie from the creators is coming to Peacock this fall.

How to Watch

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Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain was written by, executive-produced, and stars PDD's  Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy — and, naturally, it co-stars a slew of comedy heavy-hitters.

"It's about three losers named Ben, Martin, and John, who are feeling stuck in their lives," Marshall explained during the comedy trio's November 9 visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers"And they think the way to change that is to go out and find treasure on their local mountain. Kind of like Goonies for 27 year olds."

Higgins told Meyers that making their own feature film with comedy icons like Judd Apatow, who produced The Treasure of Foggy Mountain, was surreal. "Every day was a dream," Higgins said. "We grew up on Judd's movies, and to be able to do one with him was mind-blowing."

Below, find out everything to know about the Please Don't Destroy movie, from its release date to how to make sure you don't miss it. 

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Ben, Martin, and John climbing a tree while looking out into the distance.

Watch the Please Don't Destroy movie trailer now


The trailer released on October 12 is two minutes and 25 seconds of hilarity, reminiscent of past SNL comedy trio Lonely Island's film Hot Rod (2007). 

Placing the comedy trio front and center, The Treasure of Foggy Mountain trailer also features SNL Season 49 cast member Bowen Yang as a longhaired cult leader, and Conan O'Brien as fellow redhead Ben Marshall's dad. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, new SNL cast member Chloe Troast is also visible dancing with the purple-clad cult on the far right. 

What is Please Don't Destroy? 

Please Don't Destroy is a comedy trio consisting of Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy. They first met and started working together while attending New York University. As their fame increased, they hit the comedy circuit, performing at various shows and festivals while also posting content to YouTube. Their digital content got particularly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, when they had videos go viral on Twitter and TikTok. In 2021, they were brought on as writers for Saturday Night Live , where they're most known for their digital shorts. 

A scene from Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

What is the Please Don't Destroy movie about? 

Read an official description for the Please Don't Destroy movie — fully titled Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain — below: 

"John Goodman narrates the adventure of Ben, Martin, and John, three childhood friends turned deadbeat co-workers, who fend off hairless bears, desperate park rangers (Meg Stalter and X Mayo) and a hypocritical cult leader (Bowen Yang) in the hopes of finding a priceless treasure, only to discover that finding the treasure is the easiest part of their journey. Oh, and Conan O'Brien plays Ben’s dad in it." 

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Which actors appear in the Please Don't Destroy movie?

In addition to Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, and Ben Marshall, the movie also stars Bowen Yang, Meg Stalter, X Mayo, Nichole Sakura, Cedric Yarbrough, Sunita Mani, and Conan O’Brien. SNL cast members Michael Longfellow and Chloe Troast appear as well. 

A scene from Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

When and where can I watch the Please Don't Destroy movie?

Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain exclusively hits Peacock on November 17. 

Who is the Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain director?

A scene from Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain

Paul Briganti, who has previously helmed many pretaped sketches for SNL, including the PDD sketch "Three Sad Virgins" with Pete Davidson

"They have this group chemistry that feeds off each other," Briganti, told EW about working with the PDD trio. "They're so happy when they're together. That is sort of the core and the warmth of the movie."   

On O'Brien's surprising role, Briganti reveals,  "He was so good with the younger comedians, and he almost took them under his wing. He was like a little comedy Santa Claus, just going around, giving little gifts to everybody."

Originally published Aug 16, 2023.