Adam Sandler hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time in the 24 years since he left the program. He once again showed off the attitude and the kind of goofy voice and song that earned him lifelong fans.
Comedian Chris Rock had a cameo.
Sandler’s time on “SNL,” beginning at the age of 23, were “some of the best years of my life,” he said. “Actually I lost my virginity to a woman in this very studio. I don’t kiss and tell, but it was the church lady,” he confessed, referring to a recurring character from that era. “She said I was special.” He started as a writer in 1990 and became a cast member with roles like Opera Man.
Why did he leave? “I was fired, I was fired, I was fired, so sad to tell,” Sandler sang in the kind of nutty, audacious song he became know for on “SNL.”
“I guess NBC had enough of Crazy Spoonhead, and the songs I sang on the news. Maybe they were sick of Canteen Boy, but I think they just hate the Jews. … It made me sad and blue.”
Rock, another “SNL” alum, turned up to join in the chorus, singing: “I was fired by NBC.” Sandler encouraged him: “You keep going after your dream.” Pete Davidson, one of the young stars of the current era, wondered how it’s “even possible” he hasn’t been fired. “Be patient. It’s coming soon,” Sandler warned.
Sandler, still singing, crooned that his firing “broke my heart to pieces,” but “then I made over $4 billion at the box office, so I guess you could say I won.”
Watch the film star bring it home in the clip above.