Adam Sandler is going back from whence he came. After a few small-time parts in TV and the movies in the late 80s, along with comedy club performances, Sandler was discovered by Dennis Miller who recommended the up-and-coming comedian to Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels. In short order, he was hired as a writer for the long-running sketch comedy show and soon became a featured player. The rest is history. But while Sandler owes much of his early fame to SNL, there’s one thing he never did on the late-night show: Host it.
As Variety reports, that’s about to change. Sandler is on tap to host SNL on May 4th, on an episode that will feature musical guest Shawn Mendes. Since music has factored into Sandler’s career in a major way, from his early days on SNL to his latest Netflix’s stand-up special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, you can rest assured that his hosting duties will likely include a musical number or two.
“We are happy to welcome Adam back to ‘SNL’ in what is sure to be a special night.”
Sandler’s return comes nearly 25 years after NBC fired him and fellow comedian Chris Farley from the show. Water under the bridge or over the dam, it seems, especially since Sandler has done rather well for himself in recent years with a lucrative Netflix contract. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the veteran actor/comedian/musician take a few shots at his old network pals along the way, however.
As for Sandler’s other upcoming work, he’s got another Netflix flick coming up. Murder Mystery, which also stars Jennifer Aniston (in a reteam from the 2011 rom-com Just Go with It) and Gemma Arterton, premieres on the streaming platform later this year. Kevin Newacheck (Workaholics) directs from a James Vanderbilt screenplay about a New York cop and his wife who are framed for the death of an elderly billionaire while on their European vacation.