After an eternity away from Saturday Night Live, at least save for that brief appearance in the 40th anniversary special, Adam Sandler is finally coming home this weekend. This is where viewers first came to love him, and also where he first created the sort of irreverent characters he has showcased in movies ever since. They may not be the same characters, but they certainly do bear a similar soul.
At first, the promo below for Saturday’s episode feels like a warm, welcoming stroll down memory lane as Sandler looks back on some of his most-famous sketches over his run on the show … only for memory lane to take a sharp, left turn onto Creepy Lane. There, Adam is confronted by increasingly weird photos, including one seemingly taken from his car, one in his bathroom, and then even one of him sleeping. Then, he’s confronted by Kenan Thompson, who apparently is playing some sort of weird, paranormal version of himself where current cast members make sure that former ones are haunted. That way, they never truly leave.
Yea, this entire promo is weird, but it’s also nostalgic and warm in its own way. The affection for Sandler is so present within the world of SNL, as he really represents a part of so many viewers’ childhood. We’ve talked about this before, but it’s certainly as true now as it was when we first said it years ago — many viewers’ favorite era of the show is the era they started watching. For some, it may have been the era of Sandler, David Spade, and Chris Farley. For others, maybe it was sometime more recently when Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen were staples. More recently, we’re living in the world of Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong. (Kenan may not have been around for the Sandler era, but he certainly has been a constant ever since.)
While we’re in total SNL nostalgia mode, is this where we proclaim that they should announce Kenan’s departure in advance, provided it happens? We’re going to have so much more to say about this in due time, as he’s arguably the most influential comedic figure in our whole life. All That was the show we watched as a kid, and watching his journey from that show over to being the longest-tenured cast member in the history of SNL has been an utter joy to watch. Stay tuned for more on that if he leaves, in article and video form.
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We’ll be back for some more coverage of Sandler’s episode as we inch ever closer to this weekend. For now, let us know in the comments your overall level of excitement to see Sandler back … and also if there are any old characters you want to see him play! (Photo: NBC.)