Adam Sandler


Adam Sandler is one of the most well-known and successful comedic minds of the past 30 years. Love him or not, it’s impossible to deny how much of a household name he has become in the US. His meteoric rise from performer to SNL cast member to movie star and comedian able to fill a stadium of people singing a song he wrote 25 years ago set a template for comedians and actors alike over the past 25 years, and Sandler is still running strong.

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up from the age of six in Manchester, New Hampshire ( as did Sarah Silverman). Starting standup at the age of 17 at his brother’s urging, Sandler always had the itch to perform. In 1987 he appeared on the Cosby Show as a friend to Theo Huxtable’s character, as well as on MTV’s odd game show Remote Control. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 and shortly thereafter was discovered by Dennis Miller while performing standup. From there, he was recommended by Miller to Lorne Michaels (famous producer/creator of Saturday Night Live), who hired Sandler as a writer and made his way to featured player on SNL the following year. After becoming a featured player on Saturday Night Live, Sandler really began building his brand of humor with featured songs like “The Thanksgiving Song” and “The Chanukah Song,” while building friendships and working relationships with other cast members like Chris Farley, David Spade, Phil Hartman and many others who he would later go on to work with in various movies. Since the start of his career, the films Adam Sandler has been in have grossed a total of over $2 Billion Dollars at the Box Office and there seems to be no sign of him slowing down anytime soon, as he recently signed a deal with Netflix to produce 4 films and a comedy special entitled ‘100% Fresh’ (available now).

Bits analyzed:

  • At the Improv

  • Taxi Cab Driver

  • The Chanukah Song