Friday, April 12, 2024

Adam Sandler’s Return to Host “Saturday Night Live” After 24 Years Was Brilliant, Watch His Two Best Performances


Adam Sandler left “Saturday Night Live” 24 years ago after he was fired, he sang last night, by Lorne Michaels. Then he went off to earn $4 billion at the box office with his movies, some good, some awful. He sang about it last night in a brilliant return that was mostly non political but tapped into nostalgia for 90s “SNL” with just the right nuance. He’s sung his “Chris Farley” song before, but it was a surprise last night and extra poignant on the show. Sandler has a Netflix movie about to debut and a stand up tour, but he didn’t explicitly plug them. He was more interested in mentioning twice how happy he was his wife and kids were in the audience and could see him return to his career-starting job. Jimmy Fallon and Kristen Wiig made surprise appearances, and they were excellent as well.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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