Adam Sandler proved he still had his humor chops while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor over the past weekend. The entire evening represented some of the classic 90s SNL alums and comedians who appear to be deadset against the woke mind virus which makes truth-based comedy anathema to fragile snowflakes.
Chris Rock emceed the evening, David Spade made some remarks, and Dennis Miller’s name was mentioned as the first to find a young Sandler and encourage him to give SNL a go. None of those individuals love what’s happening in the world of comedy.
So there was Sandler, graciously accepting his American Humor award, and doing his best to self-deprecate.
“Hello, my name is Adam Sandler and I am the Mark Twain Humor Prize Award for Greatness in American Funny, and bringing the thunderous belly laugh to the sweet people of planet Earth,” he remarked. “And as you guys babbled on and on about me, I couldn’t help but think to hell with ratings and talent.”
Here was Sandler accepting his Mark Twain Prize:
It’s still a mystery why anyone tunes into celebrity awards shows. A room of people who vote for one another trophies for pretending isn’t exactly newsworthy. And just like Jamie Lee Curtis proved at this year’s Oscars, more often than not these things get handed out just because you’ve been around for a while.
Still, as far as awards go, Sandler has certainly earned one. He starred in a singular spectacular SNL season in the mid-90s and went on to star in one nostalgically hilarious movie after another. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and so many others would never win awards as a standalone, but taken as a whole they represent a niche comedy performance of absurd situations, characters, and random yelling.
Rare is the millennial who doesn’t enjoy at least one of those films.
As we age, Sandler can also be appreciated for his seeming groundedness in both his personal and political life. Like a lot of his colleagues, it seems like comedians are a little more immune than the average celebrity to the woke mind virus. Their pursuit of humor means they must remain attached to the truth.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sandler hinted at this while on the red carpet preceding the awards show.
“Comedians are trying to make you laugh, and that’s that’s what the goal is,” Sandler said. “Yeah, it’s it’s more hypersensitive than it’s ever been but we’re gonna be alright.”
And even the woke Drew Barrymore, who went viral for embarrassing herself during a recent interview on her show, observed much the same thing.
“Comedy in general has become a taboo subject and that in itself scares me. But I just want to appreciate people who are brave enough to make us laugh,” Barrymore was quoted as saying. The actress-turned-talk-show-host starred with Sandler in several films in the 1990s and 2000s.
“Everything, you know, in a moment can be something that creates a sentiment of vitriol or distaste or dislike. I don’t even think gotcha has a chance to be a gotcha. It’s like too fast instant. People are turning on each other,” she added.
Chris Rock also made a splash that evening, calling out Democrats and the useful idiot voters who thought Donald Trump might actually be arrested last week for a phony indictment over alleged campaign funds misuse.
“Are you guys really going to arrest Trump?” Rock said, according to The Daily Mail. “Do you know this is only going to make him more popular? It’s like arresting Tupac. He’s just gonna sell more records. Are you stupid?”
The comedian also joked that the allegations Trump paying off porn star Stormy Daniels hush money was “romantic” because it was an effort to hide unsavory details from Trump’s third wife, Melania.
“That’s romantic,” The Daily Mail suggests Rock said while hosting. “We’ve all been cheated on. Don’t you wish that the person that cheated on you paid off somebody so you wouldn’t find out?”
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