Bright Side to Adam Sandler Being Fired from SNL

Not sure how I ever missed that Adam Sandler and Chris Farley were fired from Saturday Night Live (SNL). Retrospectively, it defies logic.

The advantage of him leaving is all the movies he made in the future. Whether or not he would have been that productive had he remained on SNL we’ll never know.

Two of arguably the greatest comedic talents during my life fired from a TV show celebrating great comedians and comedy? How? Why?

Lunch Lady Land on SNL featuring Adam Sandler and Chris Farley

There are countless examples of why Chris Farley was a genius and, sadly, he didn’t live much longer after that (two more years or so), but for the purpose of keeping this post from being too all over the place, let’s just focus on Adam Sandler.

Check out the end of this article about Howard Stern’s interview with Sandler over the SNL firing where he makes a very funny joke about his dramatic role in Uncut Gems [PREVIEW]:

Regarding the film, the mastermind behind “The Ridiculous 6” joked if he’s not nominated for an Oscar for his role in the drama, “I’m going to f–king come back and do one again that is so bad on purpose just to make you all pay. That’s how I get them.”

Adam Sandler Talks Who Fired Him From SNL | toofab.com

That’s Sandler cleverly pointing out that he deserves an Oscar. I haven’t seen Uncut Gems yet, but it looks really interesting and the same critics who repeatedly bash him for his comedy, with minor exceptions, have so far by and large fawned over his performance in this film, so once the film opens and if the audience praise is the same, perhaps his dream will finally come true?

But let’s go back to the SNL firing. Best as I can tell from researching this topic and from Sandler’s own confusion on the topic, it had something to do with SNL poor ratings in the 1994 and 1995 seasons and the fact there were executives that didn’t like their “gang” which consisted primarily of Sandler, Farley and David Spade.

SNL has had a well known revolving door of comedic talent. They come and go, giving way to a new crop of comics. I’m not a huge fan of SNL and never really have watched, even when Sandler and Farley were there. I have watched many episodes as reruns and a small few episodes of the show live. Of course with YouTube I’ve enjoyed many clips and sketches.

I think SNL is, and has been, funniest when they skewer politics and just generally lampoon everything that’s currently happening in/around us. That’s been the main draw of the show and what continues to keep it relevant. For me, it’s the TV version of Mad Magazine (yes, they had a TV show at one time).

Uncut Gems opens wide in theaters December 13, 2019.

FIRST LOOK: Adam Sandler Stars In THRILLER Uncut Gems December 12

Uncut Gems – thriller with early critical acclaim starring, yes, seriously, Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler is one very special creative genius. I’ve always thought he had more in him than just silly, stupid, goofy comedies. But who wouldn’t be happy enough with another The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore or The Waterboy, Airheads? Simple.

Adam Sandler.

This guy wants his due. And he deserves it. Hollywood critics think most of his comedy is beneath juvenile, rewarding it with scathing reviews and sub teen tomatometer scores.

And then there are Sandler fans like us. We enjoy Sandler’s quirky, outrageous, zany antics. He’s been this generation’s Jerry Lewis meets Don Knotts.

So earlier today I was surprised to come across a movie trailer (top of post) I had no idea he was starring in called Uncut Gems, And lo and behold, early critic reviews at Rotten Tomatoes for Uncut Gems are …. like this:

Wow. I mean, 95% is the current tomatometer for an Adam Sandler thriller?!?! This is Twilight Zone stuff. Seriously, I took a screenshot:

Just for comparison, here are some reviews from another Adam Sandler movie on Rotten Tomatoes 6 years ago:

Now, given the movie above (Grownups 2 with tomatometer 7%) was bad, still, it’s like they aren’t even talking about the same actor. This proves that Hollywood memories are short. Critics can and do change their actor’s worth based on just one picture.

When it comes to movies, it’s more often the song, not the singer.

I added Uncut Gems to our watchlist and am really looking really forward to it. I thought he’d been run off from the big screen and to straight to Netflix movies (Murder Mystery ⭐️⭐️½  was the last movie we saw by him and Jennifer Aniston on Netflix).

Go get them, Sandler. I hope this thriller is every bit the gem in the title and your much deserved creative career. Thank you for making me cry and laugh and be entertained countless times. In whatever genre you want, you keep making films.

We’ll keep watching.