From dingy stand-up stages where he would just pray to even get to step on stage, to fan favorite at SNL, to trotting down the red carpet, Adam Sandler has been there and done that when it comes to being a comedic legend. That’s why on March 19th he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Washington DC Kennedy Center.
Surrounded by co-stars and fellow SNL alums, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Ben Stiller, Steve Buscemi, Luis Guzmán, Dana Carvey, Rob Schneider, and David Spade among many others all came out to celebrate The Sandman on his big night.
The 56-year-old comedian didn’t forget his roots as he joked during his acceptance “As I look at this goofy award, I can’t help but think that one day it just might be the weapon used to bludgeon me to death.” Following such an illustrious career, it’s good to see the same slight nervousness in his voice and comedic timing that made Sandler a hit in stand-up and with SNL was still as good as it ever was.
During the event, many of these costars spoke up about Sandler. Steve Buscemi is one of the most widely known journeymen in film, but many recognize him most from his roles in Sandler’s films. He said, “His comedy songs alone deserve this reward.” Those who grew up on the comedic albums of Adam Sandler could not agree more.
Tim Herlihy has the distinction of being Sandler’s NYU roommate as well as a longtime partner in the writing and production of films released under Happy Madison productions and other Sandler-influenced flicks. He jokes around that the duo has “31 motion pictures with a combined Rotten Tomatoes score of 59.”
It’s long overdue to see Adam Sandler get the recognition he deserves for his comedic genius. At a time when the liberals in Hollywood are trying to divide the American people, he makes comedies that everyone can laugh at. From the guy with three commas in his bank account to the guy who hasn’t had over $20 since Clinton was President, Sandler has comedy that everyone can connect to.
Perhaps the nation is long overdue for a big run of Sandler’s unique comedy. Especially if that means we finally get Airheads II.