Adam Sandler will host SNL for the first time despite previous reluctance

Adam Sandler will come home to 30 Rock on May 4 to host SNL for the first time. Sandler was a Saturday Night Live cast member for five years after coming on board as a writer in 1990. Though the Grown Ups star has made multiple appearances on the show since Lorne Michaels fired him (and Chris Farley) in 1995, he has never done a classic SNL monologue.

Sandler previously expressed reluctance about hosting SNL. On Norm Macdonald’s podcast in 2016, Sandler’s fellow Saturday Night Live alum asked why he hadn’t returned to host. He responded, “Why should I? I don’t know how good it would be. I’m slow now…I did what I could do on that show.”

Many would likely disagree, as evidenced by the excitement Friday morning at the news.

Adam Sandler preps for 100% Fresher tour

The blockbuster comedy star is, of course, promoting his 100% Fresher tour—where he’ll tour 18 cities in just one month’s time. The tour comes off the response to his first stand-up special in decades. Laughspin named 100% Fresh the best stand-up special of 2018. Audiences agree that Sandler’s return to the stage was brilliant, with the special getting a 91% ‘liked it’ score on Rotten Tomatoes.

One of the moments that made 100% Fresh truly special was Sandler’s touching tribute song to his fallen friend, Farley. The Tommy Boy star died of a drug overdose in 1997. Though Shawn Mendes is the announced musical guest, fans would be overwhelmed with tears and joy if the SNL host gives that song and video montage an encore on the NBC late night sketch show.

SNL welcomes back Sandler to host

Sandler had many notable characters during his time at Saturday Night Live that boasted a range of accents and wigs. Many loved Opera Man and Hank Gelfand. Others will never forget Good Morning Brooklyn or Lunch Lady Land. Sandman fans will have to wait a whole month to find out which classic sketches get brought back for the Prodigal Star.

We last saw the New York native on SNL in 2015 during the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special. He reprised his Opera Man character and performed a fun song about breaking character with fellow frequent breaker Andy Sandberg.

Since leaving NBC’s Studio 8H, Sandler has enjoyed a prosperous career in hit comedies and animated children’s films that have grossed billions of dollars. He’s also been in his fair share of flops—and won some Razzies for it—but the star will be welcomed with wide open arms by fans in May.

To quote the Laughspin SNL recapper, Rosa Escandón: I might cry.

Billy Procida

Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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