Adam Sandler Honored with Mark Twain Award for American Humor
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On Sunday, March 20, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. was abuzz with laughter and applause as actor Adam Sandler was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Award for American Humor. The event was attended by a number of comedians and prominent figures, including Sandler's close friends and colleagues such as Drew Barrymore, Chris Rock, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Buscemi.
Celebrating the Creative Longevity of Adam Sandler
During the event, several speakers took the stage to share their thoughts on Sandler's career, with some praising his creative longevity, while others jokingly referenced his habit of hiring friends for his films.
However, it was Sandler's acceptance speech that truly highlighted the evening. In his trademark silly cadence, he quipped, “As I look at this goofy award, I can’t help but think that one day it just might be the weapon used to bludgeon me to death”.
Paying Tribute to Family and Friends
As the night came to a close, Sandler took the opportunity to pay tribute to his parents and siblings, crediting them with giving him the "strange irrational confidence" that has sustained him throughout his career.
Sandler rose to prominence in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and after being fired from the show after five years, he launched a successful film career that has spanned over 30 films and grossed over three billion dollars worldwide.
Applause for Unending Work Ethic
Throughout the night, speakers praised Sandler for his unending work ethic and his continued success. He is currently on a sold-out stand-up tour across the country and is set to release a sequel to his Netflix comedy special later this month.
Reflecting on the honor, Sandler said before the ceremony, “It’s just a part of my life that I never expected to happen, and it’s nice that my family and friends get to say that goofy guy Adam won a Mark Twain award”.
Joining the Ranks of Comedy Greats
At 56 years old, Sandler becomes the seventh member of the Saturday Night Live cast to receive the Mark Twain Award for American Humor, joining esteemed comedy legends such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Will Farrell, and Eddie Murphy. The ceremony will be broadcast on CNN on March 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern.