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Sandler, Adam 1966(?)–

SANDLER, Adam 1966(?)–

PERSONAL

Full name, Adam Richard Sandler; born September 9, 1966 (some sources cite 1964), Brooklyn, New York, NY; raised in Manchester, NH; son of Stanley (an electrical engineer) and Judy (a nursery school teacher) Sandler; married Jackie Titone (an actress and model), June, 2003. Education: New York University, B.F.A., 1991; studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Religion: Judaism. Avocational Interests: Watching wrestling, rooting for the New York Yankees, Van Halen music.

Addresses:

Office—Happy Madison Productions, 10202 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Agent—Adam Venit, Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Brillstein–Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Cindy Guagenti, Baker Winokur Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., Sixth Floor, West Tower, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Web

Career:

Actor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, and songwriter. Happy Madison Productions, Culver City, CA, producer. Toured with his band the Goats; also performed in the band Final Warning; stand–up comedian in Boston, MA, c. 1983, later appearing at Comic Strip Live, New York City, and other venues. Performer at the Republic National Convention, New York City, 2004. Also worked in a drugstore and in a restaurant.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding writing in a variety or music program, 1991, 1992, and 1993, all for Saturday Night Live; MTV Movie Award nomination, best comedic performance, 1995, for Billy Madison; MTV Movie Award (with Bob Barker), best fight, and MTV Movie Award nomination, best comedic performance, both 1996, for Happy Gilmore; ShowEast Award, comedy star of the year, 1997; MTV Movie Award nominations, best comedic performance and best on–screen duo (with Drew Barrymore), 1998, American Comedy Award nomination, funniest leading actor in a motion picture, 1999, and MTV Movie Award (with Barrymore), best kiss, 1999, all for The Wedding Singer; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actor in a comedy, and Blimp Award, Kids' Choice awards, favorite movie actor, both 1999, for The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy; MTV Movie Award, best comedic performance, and MTV Movie Award nomination, best male performance, both 1999, for The Waterboy; ShoWest Special Award, National Association of Theatre Owners, comedy star of the year, 1999; People's Choice Award, favorite motion picture star in a comedy, 2000; MTV Movie Award, best comedic performance, MTV Movie Award nominations, best male performance and best on–screen duo (with Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse), Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actor in a comedy, and Blimp Award, favorite movie actor, all 2000, for Big Daddy; Teen Choice awards, choice comedian, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004; Best Actor Award, Gijon International Film Festival, 2002, Golden Satellite Award nomination, International Press Academy, and Golden Globe Award nomination, both best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical, 2003, and MTV Movie Award nomination (with Emily Watson), best kiss, 2003, all for Punch–Drunk Love; Teen Choice Award, choice movie hissy fit, and Teen Choice Award nomination, choice movie actor in a comedy, both 2003, for Anger Management; Blimp Award, favorite movie actor, and MTV Movie Award nomination, best comedic performance, both 2003, for Mr. Deeds; Blimp Award, favorite voice from an animated movie, 2003, for Eight Crazy Nights; ShoWest Award, male star of the year, 2003; Teen Choice Award, choice movie actor in a comedy, and Teen Choice Award nominations, choice movie chemistry and choice movie liplock (both with Barrymore), MTV Movie Award, best on–screen team (with Barrymore), and MTV Movie Award nomination, best male performance, all 2004, and People's Choice Award (with Drew Barrymore), favorite on–screen chemistry, 2005, all for 50 First Dates; Wannabe Award, Kids' Choice awards, 2004; named one of the "100 greatest stand–ups of all time," Comedy Central, 2004; Grammy Award nominations, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and platinum record certifications, Recording Industry Association of America, for the albums They're All Gonna Laugh at You! and What the Hell Happened to Me?

CREDITS

Film Appearances:

Shecky Moskowitz, Going Overboard (also known as Babes Ahoy and The Unsinkable Shecky Moskowitz), 1989.

Dink the Clown, Shakes the Clown, IRS Releasing, 1992.

Carmine, Coneheads, Paramount, 1993.

Louie, Mixed Nuts (also known as Lifesavers), TriStar, 1994.

Pip, Airheads, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1994.

Title role, Billy Madison, Universal, 1995.

Archie Moses, Bulletproof, Universal, 1996.

Title role, Happy Gilmore, Universal, 1996.

Bobby Boucher, The Waterboy, Buena Vista, 1998.

Robbie Hart (title role), The Wedding Singer, New Line Cinema, 1998.

(Uncredited) Satan, Dirty Work (also known as Sale boulot), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1998.

Sonny Koufax, Big Daddy, Columbia, 1999.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Buena Vista, 1999.

The Peeper (short Internet film), 1999.

Title role, Little Nicky, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Townie, The Animal, Columbia, 2001.

Himself, A Day with the Meatball (short film), Columbia, 2002.

Barry Egan, Punch–Drunk Love, Columbia, 2002.

(Uncredited) Bongo player, The Hot Chick, Buena Vista, 2002.

Longfellow Deeds (title role), Mr. Deeds, Columbia, 2002.

Voices of Davey Stone, Whitey Duvall, Eleanore Duvall, and deer, Eight Crazy Nights (animated; also known as Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights"), Columbia/TriStar, 2002.

Himself, Stupidity (documentary), Trailervision, 2003.

Barry Egan, Blossoms & Blood (short film), Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 2003.

Dave Buznik, Anger Management, Columbia, 2003.

Voice of himself, Pauly Shore Is Dead (also known as You'll Never Wiez in This Town Again), Regent Releasing, 2003, CKrush Entertainment, 2004.

Henry Roth, 50 First Dates, Columbia, 2004.

John Clasky, Spanglish, Columbia, 2004.

Paul "Wrecking" Crewe, The Longest Yard, Paramount, 2005.

Click, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2005.

Bench Warmers, Revolution Studios, 2006.

Film Executive Producer:

The Waterboy, Buena Vista, 1998.

Big Daddy, Columbia, 1999.

Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Buena Vista, 1999.

Little Nicky, New Line Cinema, 2000.

The Animal, Columbia, 2001.

Joe Dirt (also known as The Adventures of Joe Dirt), Columbia, 2001.

The Hot Chick, Buena Vista, 2002.

The Master of Disguise, Columbia, 2002.

Mr. Deeds, Columbia, 2002.

Anger Management, Columbia, 2003.

Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo (also known as Deuce Bigelow: Electric Gigolo), Columbia, 2005.

Grandma's Boy, 2005.

Film Producer:

Eight Crazy Nights (animated; also known as Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights"), Columbia/TriStar, 2002.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (also known as Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star), Paramount, 2003.

Scared Guys, c. 2004.

Click, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2005.

The Longest Yard, Paramount, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Stick Pin Quinn, the stud boy, and other characters, Remote Control, MTV, c. 1987–90, syndicated, 1989–90.

Member of ensemble, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1991–95.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

(In archive footage) Himself, 100 Greatest Stand–Ups of All Time, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Testing Dirty" (also known as "Drug Busters"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1990.

Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special (also known as Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day), NBC, 1992.

The Second Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993.

Opera man, Saturday Night Live Presents President Bill Clinton's All–Time Favorites, NBC, 1994.

"Adam Sandler: What the Hell Happened to Me?," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1996.

Himself, The Making of Adam Sandler's Video (also known as Comedy Central Spotlight: Adam Sandler), Comedy Central, 1996.

Himself, Canned Ham: The Waterboy, Comedy Central, 1998.

Himself, Canned Ham: The Wedding Singer, Comedy Central, 1998.

The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (also known as Saturday Night Live: Bad Boys), NBC, 1998.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley, NBC, 1998.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman, NBC, 1998.

Himself, Canned Ham: Big Daddy, Comedy Central, 1999.

The Making of "Big Daddy" (also known as HBO Look: The Making of "Big Daddy"), HBO, 1999.

(In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler, NBC, 1999.

(In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Rock, NBC, 1999.

(In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dana Carvey, NBC, 1999.

Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies, NBC, 1999.

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (also known as Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special), NBC, 1999.

Himself, Reel Comedy: The Animal, Comedy Central, 2001.

Himself, Reel Comedy: Joe Dirt, Comedy Central, 2001.

Opera man, The Concert for New York City, VH1, 2001.

America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001.

"The Super Bowl Halftime Film," Super Bowl XXXV, CBS, 2001.

(In archive footage) Himself, The Cosby Show: A Look Back, NBC, 2002.

Himself, Reel Comedy: Mr. Deeds, Comedy Central, 2002.

Presenter, Comedy Central Presents: The Commies, Comedy Central, 2002.

Before They Were Stars!, ABC, 2002.

Diet Coke with Lemon Celebrates 40 Years of Laughter: At the Improv, NBC, 2002.

Himself, Snoop to the Extreme, MTV, 2003.

Night of Too Many Stars, NBC, 2003.

Himself, New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004.

Himself, 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Himself, Reel Comedy: 50 First Dates, Comedy Central, 2004.

(In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken, NBC, 2004.

(In archive footage) Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks, NBC, 2004.

Himself, The Bad Boys of Spring Break, MTV, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, 1994 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1994.

Presenter, The 37th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1995.

Presenter, The 1996 ESPY Awards, ABC and ESPN, 1996.

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 1997.

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1998.

The Fifth Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 1999.

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1999.

Presenter, The 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000.

Presenter, MTV VMAs, MTV, 2002.

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '02, Nickelodeon, 2002.

The Teen Choice Awards, Fox, 2002.

The 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

Presenter, MTV Video Music Awards 2003, MTV, 2003.

The Teen Choice Awards 2003, Fox, 2003.

Presenter, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '04 (also known as Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards), Nickelodeon, 2004.

2004 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2004.

The 2004 Teen Choice Awards, 2004.

Himself, The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2005.

Presenter, The 77th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Smitty, "Dance Mania," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987.

Smitty, "The Locker Room," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987.

Showtime at the Apollo, 1987.

Smitty, "The Prom," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1988.

Smitty, "The Visit," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1988.

Usher, "Brightman SATyricon," The Marshall Chronicles, ABC, 1990.

Guest, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Himself, "Hank's Wedding," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993.

Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, multiple appearances, beginning in 1993.

Guest, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 1995.

Voice of himself, "A Comedy of Eras," The Mask (animated), CBS, 1996.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997, 1998.

Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1998.

Guest, Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC, 1999.

WWF Smackdown, UPN, 2000.

"The Assistant," Undeclared, Fox, 2001.

Behind the Music, 2001.

Making the Super Bowl Half–Time Special, MTV, 2001.

Himself, "Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights," HBO First Look, HBO, 2002.

Himself, "Daredevil," Movie House (also known as MTV's "Movie House"), MTV, 2002.

Himself, "Mr. Deeds," Movie House (also known as MTV's "Movie House"), MTV, 2002.

(In archive footage) "Saturday Night Live," TV Tales, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

"Selfishness," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 2002.

Guest, RI:SE, 2002, 2003.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002, 2004.

Guest, TRL (also known as Total Request Live), MTV, 2002, 2004.

Himself, Banzai, Fox, 2003.

Judge, Pet Star, Animal Planet, 2003.

Himself, "Celebrity Weddings," VH1: All Access, VH1, 2004.

Himself, "50 First Dates," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

Himself, "Spanglish," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

Guest, "Yksinoikeudella Lordi," 4Pop, 2004.

Guest, Coming Attractions, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Guest, Corazon, corazon, 2004.

Guest, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004.

Guest, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2004.

Guest, McEnroe, CNBC, 2004.

Guest, On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, multiple appearances, 2004.

Guest, The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 2004.

Guest, SportsCenter, ESPN, 2004.

Guest, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2004.

Guest, The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2004.

Guest, U Pick Live, Nickelodeon, 2004.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2004.

Appeared as the voice of Zack, Ed, Edd n' Eddy (animated), Cartoon Network; appeared in The Chris Rock Show, HBO; and MTV's Party Phone, MTV.

Television Associate Producer; Series:

Kid–a–Littles, syndicated, beginning c. 1984.

Television Executive Producer; Specials:

"Adam Sandler: What the Hell Happened to Me?," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1996.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

Leave Me Alone, NBC, 2002.

The Mayor, The WB, 2003.

The Dana & Julia Show, The WB, 2004.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

They're All Gonna Laugh at You!, Warner Bros. Records, 1993.

What the Hell Happened to Me?, Warner Bros. Records, 1996.

(And producer) What's Your Name?, Warner Bros. Records, 1997.

Stan & Judy's Kid, Warner Bros. Records, 1999.

Shh … Don't Tell, Warner Bros. Records, 2004.

Singles:

"Lunchlady Land," 1993.

"The Chanukah Song," 1996.

"The Lonesome Kicker," 1997.

"Opera Man," 2001.

"The Chanukah Song—Part 3," 2002.

Other singles include "Buddy," "Cool Guy 1," "Cool Guy 2," "Cool Guy 3," "Cool Guy 4," "Cool Guy 5," "Hot Water Burn Baby," "Inner Voice," "Peeper," "Red Hooded Sweatshirt," and "Steve Polychronopolous."

Album Work:

Executive soundtrack producer, The Wedding Singer (soundtrack), Warner Bros., 1998.

Videos:

(In archive footage) Saturday Night Live Christmas, 1999.

Adam Sandler Goes to Hell, New Line Home Video, 2001.

Satan's Top Forty, New Line Home Video, 2001.

Wild Desk Ride (also known as Conan O'Brien's "Wild Desk Ride"), 2001.

My Buddy Jack (also known as Spotlight on Jack Nicholson), Columbia, 2003.

Skull Session: The Making of "Anger Management" (also known as The Making of "Anger Management"), Columbia, 2003.

The Dating Scene, Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 2004.

Music Videos:

"Lunchlady Land," 1993.

"The Chanukah Song," 1996.

Aerosmith, "Hole in My Soul," 1997.

"The Lonesome Kicker," 1997.

"Opera Man," 2001.

"The Chanukah Song—Part 3," 2002.

Other singles include "Buddy," "Cool Guy 1," "Cool Guy 2," "Cool Guy 3," "Cool Guy 4," "Cool Guy 5," "Hot Water Burn Baby," "Inner Voice," "Peeper," "Red Hooded Sweatshirt," and "Steve Polychronopolous."

WRITINGS

Screenplays:

(With Tim Herlihy) Billy Madison, Universal, 1995.

(With Herlihy) Happy Gilmore, Universal, 1996.

(With Herlihy) The Waterboy, Buena Vista, 1998.

The Wedding Singer, New Line Cinema, 1998.

(With others) Big Daddy, Columbia, 1999.

(With others) Little Nicky, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Eight Crazy Nights (animated; also known as Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights"), Columbia/TriStar, 2002.

Anger Management, Columbia, 2003.

Film Music:

Eight Crazy Nights (animated; also known as Adam Sandler's "Eight Crazy Nights"), Columbia/TriStar, 2002.

Songs "Forgetful Lucy" and "Ula's Luau Song," 50 First Dates, Columbia, 2004.

Teleplays; Series:

(With others) Remote Control, MTV, c. 1987–90, syndicated, 1989–90.

(With others; and songs, including "The Chanukah Song") Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, between 1991 and 1995.

Teleplays; Specials:

(With others) Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special (also known as Saturday Night Live: All the Best for Mother's Day), NBC, 1992.

(With others) The Second Annual Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special, NBC, 1993.

(With others) Saturday Night Live Presents President Bill Clinton's All–Time Favorites, NBC, 1994.

"Adam Sandler: What the Hell Happened to Me?," HBO Comedy Hour, HBO, 1996.

The Making of Adam Sandler's Video (also known as Comedy Central Spotlight: Adam Sandler), Comedy Central, 1996.

(With others) Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley, NBC, 1998.

Albums:

They're All Gonna Laugh at You!, Warner Bros. Records, 1993.

What the Hell Happened to Me?, Warner Bros. Records, 1996.

What's Your Name?, Warner Bros. Records, 1997.

Stan & Judy's Kid, Warner Bros. Records, 1999.

Shh … Don't Tell, Warner Bros. Records, 2004.

Singles:

"Lunchlady Land," 1993.

"The Chanukah Song," 1996.

"The Lonesome Kicker," 1997.

"Opera Man," 2001.

"The Chanukah Song—Part 3," 2002.

Other singles include "Buddy," "Cool Guy 1," "Cool Guy 2," "Cool Guy 3," "Cool Guy 4," "Cool Guy 5," "Hot Water Burn Baby," "Inner Voice," "Peeper," "Red Hooded Sweatshirt," and "Steve Polychronopolous."

Videos:

(With others) Saturday Night Live Christmas, 1999.

Adam Sandler Goes to Hell, New Line Home Video, 2001.

Satan's Top Forty, New Line Home Video, 2001.

My Buddy Jack (also known as Spotlight on Jack Nicholson), Columbia, 2003.

Skull Session: The Making of "Anger Management" (also known as The Making of "Anger Management"), Columbia, 2003.

The Dating Scene, Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 2004.

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Contemporary Musicians, Volume 17, Gale, 1997.

Newsmakers 1999, Issue 2, Gale, 1999.

Periodicals:

Entertainment Weekly, December 25, 1998, pp. 26–27; April 2, 1999, p. 64; June 18, 1999, pp. 24–28.

Heat, May 7, 1999, pp. 38–39.

People Weekly, November 30, 1998, pp. 73–74, 76; December 28, 1998, p. 97.

Playboy, February, 1999, p. 93.

Seventeen, November, 1998, pp. 118, 120.

USA Today, February 13, 1998.

Variety, February 23, 2004, pp. 5–6.

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Sandler, Adam

Adam Sandler

Comedian, singer

Started with Stand-Up Comedy

Humorous Spin On Classics

Balances Film and Music Career

Selected discography

Sources

Former NBC Saturday Night Live cast member and comedy writer Adam Sandler successfully fused his own brand of goofy, offbeat humor with rock music in his 1993 platinum debut album, theyre all gonna laugh at you!, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. When he released What the Hell Happened to Me? in 1995, he cemented his popularity and proved that his foray into music was more than just a temporary comedic fluke.

Although Sandlers material is created for comedic effect, his band has proven to be genuinely accomplished and impressive. Sandlers band is led by guitarist Waddy Wachtel, who toured with Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos and played with Fleetwood Mac. Bassist Bob Glaub, a longtime L.A. session pro, worked with Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and Bruce Springsteen. Guitarist Teddy Castilucci arranged and worked with Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Bolton. Drummer Don Heffington worked with Bob Dylan, and keyboardist Mike Thompson played on Alanis Morissettes Jagged Little Pill album.

Sandlers musical tours and albums are best described as an accomplished musical rock comedy show with scatological undertones. He plays original, humorous songs like Lunchlady Land and Red Hooded Sweatshirt, and covers rock classics by musicians such as Led Zeppelin, Barry White, and Bob Marleymusicians and groups he listened to as a teenager in Manchester, NH. He told the Hartford Courants Roger Catlin, I had a garage band in high school called Final Warning. That was the best name we came up with. And we did Led Zeppelin. Sandler was also influenced in high school by Aerosmith and Black Sabbath.

Although he was born in Brooklyn, NY, Sandler spent most of his childhood in Manchester, NH, where he lived from the age of 5 through 17, and where most of his immediate family still resides. Sandlers father, a retired electrical engineer, served as one of Sandlers earliest test audiences, as did Sandlers mother, a retired nursery school teacher, and his brother and two sisters. Most of what I think came from my years in New Hampshire, he told the Boston Herald s Dean Johnson, You learn to respect the beauty of the place. He told Johnson that he went into comedy because he didnt have anything else to do.

Started with Stand-Up Comedy

In 1984 Sandler and his brother went to the Boston comedy club Stitches where, at his brothers urging, the 17 year-old Sandler took the stage and first tried his hand

For the Record

Born in 1967, in Brooklyn, NY; moved to Manches ter, NH at age 5; father a retired electrical engineer, mother a retired nursery school teacher. Education: Earned a Fine Arts degree from New York University.

Began career in comedy at age 17 when he tried stand-up for the first time at Bostons Stitches club; discovered by Dennis Miller of NBCs Saturday Night Live and signed on as a writer for the show by Lome Michaels in 1990. Stayed at Saturday Night Live for five years.

Released theyre gonna laugh at you in 1993; album went platinum; released What the Hell Happened to Me? in 1996; album went gold. Appeared in films Airheads, Mixed Nuts, and Coneheads. Cowrote and starred in Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Costarred in Bulletproof and The Wedding Band.

Awards: Best Film Fight Award from MTV for fight scene with Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore in 1996.

Addresses: Record company Warner Brothers/Reprise Records, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019 (212) 275-4600, fax: (212) 275-4600.

at stand-up comedy. He was going to attend New York University, and hadnt planned on becoming a comedian until that fateful nighteven though he bombed on stage.

While earning a fine arts degree from New York University, Sandler managed to balance schoolwork with appearances at Manhattan comedy clubs. Comedian Dennis Miller, then a cast member on Saturday Night Live, saw one of Sandlers shows and told his boss, Lome Michaels, about Sandlers comedy prowess. Michaels then sawthe show himself and hired Sandler for a writing slot on Saturday Night Live in 1990. Sandler told the Pittsburgh Presss Ed Masley, I would write myself into the skits. I snaked my way onto the air. The old dipsy-doodle, I pulled.

Sandler performed musical comedy for five years on Saturday Night Live, appearing as Axl Rose, Eddie Vedder, Opera Man, Canteen Boy, Cajun Man, or a banjo-strumming singing poet, but he enjoyed a wider berth on his own albums, with R-rated lyrics far racier than the material allowed on television. Sandler told Catlin, I do curse a lot, I must tell you. But its not mean-spirited. Sandlers home page on the Internet includes a warning not to read it if youre under the age of 17 or if your parents are home.

Humorous Spin On Classics

Since leaving Saturday Night Live, Sandler sold over 1.5 million copies of his two musical comedy albums. The Chanukah Song on What the Hell Happened to Me? was immensely popular in 1995, and the album surpassed gold status halfway through 1996. Sandler took a summer tour in 1996 to promote What the Hell Happened to Me?, and described the tour Scott Cronick of the Atlantic City Daily as, a backyard rock n roll party for you and 5,000 of your friends. Sandler incorporated video into his live performances and created a stage set that looked like his parents back porch, complete with lawn chairs and an amplifier propped up in a garbage can. He told Johnson, It (the live show) has a party feel, and Im going to try to make people laugh, dance, and have fun.

Sandlers first album underscored his comedy-writing talent with hilariously original songs like Toll Booth Willie, but his second album showcased the songs more than the lyrics, and demonstrated that he and his band can play genuine music. The reggae melody to Bob Marleys Buffalo Soldier was used for Ode To My Car, a song in which Sandlers details the woes of owning an old junker, and the live, acoustic The Chanukah Song lists to music all of the noted people who celebrate Chanukah. Director Stephen Spielberg called Sandler after the release of The Chanukah Song to requestacopyof the lyrics, and rabbiscalled Sandlerto say it was a positive song; the single was one of 1996s most requested songs at major radio stations during the winter holiday season. Sandler also covers Springsteens Out On The Streets and Marvin Gayes Lets Get It On, and he performed Led Zeppelins Communication Breakdown on The Tonight Show in June of 1996.
theyre all gonna laugh at you! spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, garnered a Grammy nomination, and went platinum. What the Hell Happened to Me? achieved gold status, and prompted Sandler to take a 21-city U.S. tour.

Balances Film and Music Career

Sandlers first comedy/song album, theyre all gonna laugh at you!, was released in 1993 just as hisfilm career was taking off. By then Sandler had appeared in Cone-heads, Mixed Nuts, and Airhead. In 1995 Sandler left Saturday Night Uve and cowrote, along with friend Tim Herlihy, and starred in Billy Madison. He then cowrote and starred in Happy Gilmore in 1996, garnering MTVs Best Fight Award for his characters sparring scene with 72-year old actor and former television game show host Bob Barker. After releasing What the Hell Happened to Me? in 1996, Sandler costarred in 1997 with James Caan and Damon Wayans in the action comedy Bulletproof and the went to work on The Wedding Band, a movie about a wedding DJ who wants to be married.

When asked if he planned to release a third album, Sandler told Scenes Steven Battan, I have some other ideas for songs, some duet-kind of things that I want to do, but well see. Sandler told Gary Graff of Detroit Jewish News, I never had the discipline for anything but comedy and acting But I do have the discipline to stay up all night and make sure I write something that, to me, feels good. That Ill do.

Selected discography

theyre all gonna laugh at you!, Warner Brothers, 1993.

What the Hell Happened to Me?, Warner Brothers, 1996.

Sources

Periodicals

Atlantic City Press, June 8, 1996.

Boston Herald, June 14, 1996.

Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, PA), June 12, 1996.

Columbus Dispatch, June 24, 1996.

Dallas Morning News, July 5, 1996; July 8, 1996.

Detroit Jewish News, June 21, 1996.

Everybodys News (Cincinnati, OH), June 21, 1996.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 5, 1996.

Grand Rapids Press, June 27, 1996.

HartfordCourant, April 25, 1996; June 6, 1996; June 10, 1996.

Oakland Press (Pontiac, Ml), June 28, 1996.

Philadelphia Weekly June 12, 1996.

Pitch Weekly (Kansas City, MO), June 20, 1996.

Pittsburgh Press, June 23, 1996.

Scene (Cleveland, OH), June 1996.

Sunday Republican (Waterbury, CT), June 9, 1996.

Valley Advocate (Hatfield, MA), May 16, 1996.

Willoughby News-Herald (Ohio), May 24, 1996.

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