It certainly took long enough, but Adam Sandler is finally going to add host of Saturday Night Live to his resume.
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NBC announced late this week that the legendary former cast member, who cut his teeth on the show in the early nineties, is going to be back on the May 4 episode, which will feature Shawn Mendes as a performer.
While there are some cast members who clearly take their time to get into a rhythm both in terms of the show and also the larger comedy scene, that was never an issue with him. He transitioned over from a member of the sketch show to a movie star quickly with an incredible run that included Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, and Big Daddy. There were few actors of the late nineties and early 2000’s who had the sort of instant-hit aura around them that Adam did. He’s had plenty of hits since then, as well, but this was likely his apex as a pop-culture institution. (It’s not bad given that he and Chris Farley were both actually fired from SNL at the end of their run.)
None of this, though, really serves to answer the question that’s long brained the innermost corners of our brain: Why in the world Sandler has never hosted the show before, given that there has long been an interest on the SNL part in having him back. He was resistant to do it for many years, though he has made some assorted cameo appearances.
If you’re looking for an answer to this, Sandler offered one on the Norm Macdonald Live Podcast, basically saying that he didn’t really have a sense of why he should host, noting that he wasn’t sure that he would actually be any good at it anymore. Sandler’s style is certainly different from the modern SNL in that he is goofy and irreverent, but we kind of like that he’s decided to challenge himself by diving back into these waters. It’s also a chance for SNL to really play up some nostalgia and maybe bring in some more people from that era for cameos. Sandler’s close to both David Spade and Chris Rock, so we’d consider these two guys to be fairly high up on the list of people who could take part and bring some great laughter to studio 8H.
Remember that we’ve got a ways to go before even getting to this episode — including tonight’s installment featuring Kit Harington, which you can preview a little bit further over at the link here. We’ll be reviewing and/or discussing that for the better part of this weekend.
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