Monday, July 22, 2013

Adam Sandler: Totally LOL

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I remember the first time I heard The Chanukah Song on Saturday Night Live. It was all the rage with my friends and I. Who sings that? He's so funny!! That was back in 1994. 

Two decades later he's turned that same zany, off-the-wall, out-of-the box and sometimes ridiculous sense of humor into a comedy empire. 

If you want a good laugh, and have a good sense of humor,  his movies will make you laugh. Not every movie is for everyone, and perhaps there are people out there that don't think he's funny, but his movies span a wide range of topics and emotions. Though some are more appealing to the male gender, the majority are funny to anyone with an appreciation of his style of humor, which is consistent throughout his movies, except for perhaps his more serious movies, like Click or Spanglish. To
coincide with the release of Grownups 2  FX recently ran a Sandler Marathon. I watched some movies I had previously passed on.  Even though 50 First Dates and Just Go With It are more my style, I was pleasantly surprised by even Don't Mess With The Zohan; it was a comedy with satire and a message. They showed the The Wedding Singer which I absolutely love. Growing up in the same decade and area of the country as Adam, I thoroughly enjoy the clothing, hair styles, bright neon colors, accents, and dialogue. Some  of the lines are just classics. "I'm tired of getting paid in meatballs." And don't forget the music of The Wedding Singer. Between the B 52's, BIlly Idol, The Flying Lizards, Musical Youth, New Order, Elvis Costello and The Cars to name just a few, it plays like a perfect mix tape for an 80's dance party.

I was curious as to just how many movies and shows he has under his belt. He's been in over 49 movies and TV shows. He has produced 44 and written 18. He has also written for several TV shows including The Cosby Show and the Larry Sanders show. Here are some of his most popular movies. Consider this a hit list for a rainy day:

BIlly Madison- writer and producer
Happy Gilmore - writer and producer
Jack and Jill - writer and producer
Waterboy - writer and producer
You Don't Mess with the Zohan - writer and producer
Grownups (and Grownups 2 just released) - writer and producer
Just Go With It - producer
Paul Blart, Mall Cop - producer
Bedtime Stories - producer
Benchwarmer - producer
Mr. Deeds - producer
Anger Management - producer


My brother-in-law Jack Curry, commentator for the YES Network, had the good fortune to interview him on his web show, JCTV. Jack told me that he was a real down-to-earth guy, very pleasant, easy to talk to and happy to answer questions. He noted how he greeted and shook everyone's hand before and after the show, even the interns. Check out the interview with Adam, and while you're there, check out all the interviews on JCTV.                                     Video Courtesy of YES Network

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