by Julian Spivey
Adam Sandler is often considered one of the greatest cast members in “Saturday Night Live” history and has arguably been the biggest to never return to host the series, which he left/was let go of in 1995, that is until this Saturday (May 4th) when he makes his hosting debut.
Here are his 10 greatest ‘SNL’ moments:
10. That's When You Break
There has always been ‘SNL’ cast members known for breaking character and cracking up during sketches over the show’s great run and Adam Sandler is among them. For the show’s 40th anniversary special in 2015 Sandler combined with Andy Samberg, who’s often been compared to Sandler because of the gift both have for comedic songs, for a Digital Short Video (Samberg’s lasting legacy at ‘SNL’) paying tribute to all the moments of cast member’s breaking character. The best part of it was the ribbing of Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz who seemingly couldn’t be in a sketch together during their tenure on the show without breaking character.
9. Cajun Man
Cajun Man was one of Adam Sandler’s classic frequent recurring characters on Weekend Update that made four appearances on the show, all in 1992, before disappearing for some reason for the remainder of his five year run on ‘SNL.’ It was a simplistic character, one in which Sandler just used a Cajun accident for punchlines to set ups given to him by Weekend Update anchor Kevin Nealon, but it provided ample laughs.
8. Cheap Halloween Costumes
One of the great bits you’re going to see on any ‘SNL’ Halloween special episode from now to the end of eternity is Adam Sandler’s Cheap Halloween Costume ideas for people who want to trick-or-treat but can’t afford to spend too much money on costumes. His ridiculous ideas like “Smiley Face,” “About-to-Sneeze Man” and “Crazy Newspaper Face” and his dedication to them really makes the bit.
7. Thanksgiving Song
If there’s a Holiday, there’s a good chance that Adam Sandler has a funny song to go along with it and when Adam Sandler noticed a big lack of Thanksgiving songs, he wrote one that will live forever. “The Thanksgiving Song” is an ode to loving to eat turkey. It’s such a dumb song, but Sandler’s full-force performance of it makes it a classic.
There’s no doubt that one of the greatest friendships and duos to come out of ‘SNL’ was that of Adam Sandler and Chris Farley and the two had many memorable sketches together on the show, many of which culminated in Sandler breaking character because of Farley’s outlandish performances and behavior. Their greatest recurring sketch together was Zagat’s where the old married couple of Hank (Sandler) and Beverly (Farley) Gelfand record a show of Beverly reading a cuisine guide and Hank responding to it with lines like “give me cancer now God!” while barely keeping it together.
Adam Sandler has never been known as an impressionist, but his Bruce Springsteen impression is fairly spot on and made a couple memorable appearances. The first was in 1993 when he as Springsteen sings a song about Thanksgiving that features such great lines as “eating turkey in my ’65 Chevy” and Weekend Update anchor Kevin Nealon giving a saxophone solo. The other great Sandler as Springsteen appearance came when “Friends” star Courtney Cox hosted a show in 1995 and mimicked the famous “Dancing in the Dark” music video in which Cox is brought upon stage to dance with Springsteen.
4. Red Hooded Sweatshirt
One of Adam Sandler’s most beloved comedy songs is “Red Hooded Sweatshirt,” an ode to his favorite winter garment, that he performed on Weekend Update in the show’s 18th season in 1993 around Valentine’s Day. One of the best parts of this bit is when Weekend Update anchor Kevin Nealon joins in with his deadpan style. The bit even features cameos by Paul and Linda McCartney.
3. Opera Man
Opera Man was probably Adam Sandler’s biggest and best recurring character on ‘SNL’ appearing on Weekend Update nine times between 1992 and 1995 doing operatic bits on the biggest news stories of the day.
2. Chanukah Song
Adam Sandler’s best and most important contributions to “Saturday Night Live” were his comedic songs, often celebrating holidays – and his most indelible one is his ode to Chanukah and Jewish celebrities giving Jews a Holiday anthem of their own in a Holiday season overrun with Christmas songs. The best line of the song will always be – “O.J. Simpson, not a Jew!” Sandler would add two more versions of the Chanukah Song over the years with ‘Part III’ appearing on ‘SNL’ in 2002, which has been until this weekend Sandler’s only guest appearance on the show not during an anniversary special.
1. Lunch Lady Land
Of all of Adam Sandler’s hilarious comedy songs the greatest of all-time would have to be “Lunch Lady Land,” an ode to the most underappreciated employees of the public school system. Sandler’s ‘SNL’ performance of these unsung heroes and their jobs was acted out on a 1994 episode with cast members playing lunch foods and Chris Farley giving a spirited dance as the titular Lunch Lady. It’s amazing how melodic “hoagies and grinders/hoagies and grinders/navy beans, navy beans” sounds. Also, how did the ‘SNL” costumes department find or make a liver and onions costume?
What is your all-time favorite Adam Sandler 'SNL' moment?