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Adam Sandler's Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Hits

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2011 9:00AM
Adam SandlerSome viewers might have remembered him as one of Theo's high school pals on 'The Cosby Show,' from appearances on 'Showtime at the Apollo' and the MTV game show 'Remote Control' or even from his small part as a drug dealing teen in the 1990 'Afterschool Special' episode 'Testing Dirty.'

But for most fans, Adam Sandler officially entered the TV landscape 20 years ago -- on Feb. 9, 2011 -- when he made his debut as a featured player on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Big-screen stardom soon beckoned him, of course, and his 'SNL' stint ended when he was fired by NBC, but for five seasons, he inspired plenty of laughs with his wacky characters and, most of all, his delightfully goofy songs. Here, The Sandman's 9 greatest 'SNL' hits:

9. 'Gap Girls'
Debut Date: Jan. 9, 1993
The Sandman Cometh: Sandler was Lucy, the long-haired brunette, who, with pals Kristy (David Spade) and Cindy (Chris Farley), worked at The Gap, hung out at the food court snackin' on french fries, and were all, like, in a rivalry with their retail brethren at Banana Republic. Oh, and their answer to every fashion dilemma posed by a Gap customer: "Just cinch it!"

8. 'Canteen Boy and the Scout Master'
Debut Date: Feb. 12, 1994
The Sandman Cometh: Canteen Boy was an awkward assistant scoutmaster who was obsessed with snakes and his ever-present canteen, and was often the butt of jokes and bullying from his cohorts. But, despite the moniker, he wasn't a boy ... he was actually a 27-year-old adult, a fact that was made clear after the famous 'Scout Master' skit, in which host Alec Baldwin's Scout Master, Mr. Armstrong, tried to put the moves on Canteen Boy. The suggestion that Armstrong might have been a pedophile prompted a message about Canteen Boy's real age to be tacked on to all future airings of the skit, and prompted Baldwin, the next time he hosted the show, to address the controversy in his monologue and offer a more politically correct version of the skit.

7. 'Grandma'
Debut Date: Nov. 14, 1992
The Sandman Cometh: It wasn't so much that this was a funny skit as written, but thanks to the ridiculous leopard print undies sported by host Michael Keaton, and a wig malfunction for co-star Chris Farley, all the actors involved in the sketch -- in which Sandler once again donned drag and played Farley's grandma -- starting cracking up halfway through it, which almost always makes for a funnier skit.

6. 'Lunch Lady Land'
Debut Date: Jan. 15, 1994
The Sandman Cometh: In another great Sandler/Chris Farley collaboration, Farley danced about as the titular lunch lady, while Sandler penned and sung the ode to "the person who, more than anyone, puts young people on the right path." Sample lyrics: "Well I wear this net on my head, 'cuz my red hair is fallin' out/I wear these brown orthopedic shoes 'cuz I got a bad case of the gout/I know you want seconds on the corn dogs, but there's no reason to shout/Everybody gets enough food down here in the magical Lunch Lady Land."

5. 'Red-Hooded Sweatshirt'
Debut Date: Feb. 13, 1993
The Sandman Cometh: In this Valentine's Day eve episode, Sandler crooned a Weekend Update ode to the "purest, nicest thing in the world": his red hoodie. "I like to rest my hands in your kangaroo pouch/It makes them feel comfy like a big soft couch/And I don't care if the weather's no good/I say 'See you later rain!' as I pull up my hood ... Oh what is it about you that makes me so jolly?/Is it your fifty cotton or your fifty poly?" Sandler sang, getting some assistance on the chorus from Update host Kevin Nealon and surprise audience members Paul and Linda McCartney.

4. 'The Denise Show'
Debut Date: Oct. 2, 1993
The Sandman Cometh: Sandler was brokenhearted Brian, a young man who hosted a recurring cable access TV show devoted to his inability to get over his ex-girlfriend, Denise (Shannen Doherty). Brian liked to read old notes from Denise and sigh, call up her new dates and threaten to kill them and look into a photo of Denise and beg her to take him back (prompting his father to yell at him to get ahold of himself). When Denise appears on the show, Brian takes the opportunity to once again try to win her back:

Brian: "Will you go back out with me?"
Denise: "No!"
Brian: "Then the show must go on."

3. 'The Thanksgiving Song'
Debut Date: Nov. 21, 1992
The Sandman Cometh: Sure, Thanksgiving has a swell parade, but until this pop culture-riffin' little ditty from Sandler, it did not have its own anthem. But that all changed with lyrics like these: "Love to eat turkey at the table/I once saw a movie with Betty Grable/Eat that turkey all night long/50 million Elvis fans can't be wrong/Turkey turkey dee, turkey turkey dap/I eat the turkey and I take a nap."

2. 'Opera Man'
Debut Date: April 18, 1992
The Sandman Cometh: Sandler sang again for this recurring Weekend Update sketch, but this time he donned a tux, a cape and warbled about the week's events via operatic tunes. Tammy Faye Bakker, lottery tickets, the Los Angeles riots, Tom Hanks' multiple Oscar wins and Sandler's own 'Billy Madison' were among Opera Man's topics.

1. 'The Hanukkah Song'
Debut Date: Dec. 3, 1994
The Sandman Cometh: It's become such a classic that Sandler has updated it several times, with fresh examples of Jewish celebs swapped in for each new version. But the original still holds up as a gem: "David Lee Roth, lights the menorah/So do Kirk Douglas, James Caan and the late Dinah Shore-a!/Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli?/Bowser from Sha Na Na and Arthur Fonzarelli!/Paul Newman's half Jewish and Goldie Hawn's half, too/Put them together: What a fine-looking Jew!"

Tell us: What are your favorite Adam Sandler 'SNL' moments?

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Favorite all-time Sandler SNL skit is The Shirtless guys, with Woody Harrelson!!!! Adam, with his OUTY belly button..I laugh evertime I think about it! Never can find it online to watch again though:(

May 27 2014 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where. the HELL. Is the Schmidt's Gay beer commercial?!

February 09 2011 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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My favorites are Opera Man and The Hanukkah Song. If I'd seen all the skits, I might have more favs, too.

February 09 2011 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Adam Sandler, Will farrell, SNL, does anyone else see these as a sighn that Americans are mindless minions who will watch any kind of garbage thrown at them.

February 09 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Weird... call me Rip Van Winkle, but I could've sworn that 20 years ago it was 1991, not 2011... Sometimes it's good to proofread.

February 09 2011 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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