When Adam Sandler releases a comedy or even a romantic comedy film, those who remember always think back to how he started as a comedian on the hit sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live.
Back on SNL Sandler was the original Jimmy Fallon, but with some edge. In the 90s you simply couldn’t escape from Adam’s ridiculously infectious songs about Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, which were fan favorites on the show.
Many cast members before and even after Sandler’s time on SNL have returned to the stage — sometimes multiple times — to host an episode or two of Saturday Night Live. It’s a bit of a surprise that Adam hasn’t returned to the stage himself, given the huge rise of his star following his departure from the show. Although many hail former cast member John Belushi as the funniest, some might even say that Sandler paved the way and influenced how comedic sketches were performed after he was gone.
Unfortunately for fans who remember Sandler’s glory days in comedy, he has no intentions of returning to host an episode of Saturday Night Live. According to Sandler, who’s currently promoting his film Blended, there’s a reason for that.
Sandler sat down with fellow SNL alum Norm Macdonald on “Norm Macdonald Live,” where the inevitable subject of Saturday Night Live was brought up.
When asked why he wouldn’t or hasn’t hosted SNL, Sandler simply said, “Why should I? I don’t know how good it would be. I’m slow now.”
For Adam Sandler it has a lot to do with stamina, and when further prodded by Macdonald, the comedian also admitted in some way performing like that wasn’t exactly his comfort zone or his forte:
“There are guys who love doing it — who are great at doing it. I just don’t know how good I’d be doing it. I did what I can do on the show.”
The actor remained cagey about what lead to his 1995 departure. Of the rumor that Sandler was fired from SNL, he simply said, “I don’t know what happened.”
Even though the Big Daddy star hasn’t hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, he did make a few appearances during segments over the years. His last was in 2002 when he sang an updated version of the “Hanukkah Song.”
Aside from his singing, Sandler was known on the show for his popular characters like Canteen Boy, Cajun Man, and Opera Man.
Check out Adam’s interview with Norm Macdonald below: