1. Whenever I feel kinda sad or down or whatever, I just wanna pop in an Adam Sandler Movie. I love him. He has always made me laugh. I like just about all of his movies and have always felt comfort in watching them. If it is Saturday night and if I wanna watch something fun, I'm gonna watch an Adam Sandler movie. I am looking at Adam Sandler and thinking: God, I wanna get a piece of that. I wanna learn from that dude. Now, for those who were just thinking: "oh gee you can't tell a good movie from shit, if you say that." - you know what? Those first six lines were not my words, even though I can for sure and happily sign off on it too. But these words were actually said by Paul Thomas Anderson when being quizzed by Roger Egbert on "why the hell would you work with Adam Sandler".
|yeah, you heard me, I am Paul Thomas Anderson & I admire him.|
3. I personally love his work. But saying "I love Adam Sandler's work" in public is still a toughie, though. Because the media has painted a very good picture of Sandler being somehow low-class, and for the "stupid" only. As Tom Mc Carthy says, the media "have it out for him". I concur. Especially in a group of highly educated people, when you say "I am an Adam Sandler fan" you get a lot of "what??" and "really??"s. But even then, after a while, once they get over the fear of being judged and/or over their pseudo-intellectual pose, everyone is usually able to name at least a few Sandler movies or sketches that they really like. There it is, the CEO loved The Waterboy (The Waterboy, REALLY?). The general counsel was mad in love with the Wedding Singer. And the auditor was "defeated" after seeing Reign Over Me. And more people than you may care to admit are still laughing out loud to Sandler's old bits from Saturday Night Live or his stand up routines. In the end, Sandler is someone whose career has been incredibly and steadily successful for more than 20 years. He has only a few peers in that. One being Tom Cruise, for example. So Both of the actors must be doing Something right. Oh and did you know that there was a role Tom Cruise got only AFTER Adam Sandler declined it? I bet you didn't, did you. Yeah. That happened.
|If I am your night-mare-o, you can all just fuck-off-o|
4. So what did Paul Thomas Anderson find out during his cooperation with Adam Sandler? Apparently the same thing I did, when I attended Sandler's show in Brooklyn, at the Kings Theatre this week. I knew Sandler was funny, but I learned he is also amazing with his fans. He gives them what they want from him. And he is either the best actor in the world or a genuinely nice and down to earth dude.*
|no, he didn't need the money, Jack just wanted to do the movie|
|"thanks for growing old with me" Sandler, May 2016 to his fans|
6. So how was the Do-Over Tour show? Which was staged to promote the new (Netflix produced) Sandler movie The Do-Over? The show was very good. It was almost 3 hours, and it had the following people on stage: Rob Schneider, Nick Swardson, David Spade, Norm MdDonald, Chris Rock, and Adam Sandler. Oh wait, don't let me forget the cameo by Steve Buscemi. It wouldn't be a true Adam Sandler stint without a Steve Buscemi appearance, would it.
|You know I am here for you, Adam|
7. Was the humor very Sandler-like? Yes. Did it include jokes about diarrhea, blow jobs, small dicks, ugliness, and pussy farts? Yes. Were they good jokes? Most of them yes. A nice surprise was Nick who showed why he became part of the Sandler pack. He is talented and funny and better than the simple physical comedy he often resorts to in movies. Is Rob Schneider the best stand-up comedian ever? Certainly not. I would actually rate him the lowest from the whole bunch, and that's coming from someone who likes him a lot (watch The Hot Chick or any of his SNL bits, to see his true comedic talent). David Spade? Was being David Spade. A goofy guy with somewhat predictable jokes but performed in a very amusing way. I loved he did a whole bit on mirrors in clothing stores. That's the first time I saw a guy do it, and it made it that much better. Norm McDonald is an amazing performer. Heck, he was the last act on David Letterman (one of his favorites) and that should tell you something. And he didn't disappoint. He has such a great delivery, that it makes you think Norm reading the phone book would be funny. Chris Rock got the crowd wet'n'wild. His jokes felt very fresh, and I bet even Leonardo DiCaprio, who was the butt of Rock's jokes would be laughing at them. The joke about DiCaprio joining ISIS really killed. Then comes Adam Sandler. The headliner. Standing ovation (was given to Rock too) right away. Sandler himself does almost an hour of material. Half stand-up, half music, some new, some old, but all loved by the crowd. He stops to joke with the crowd, he stops to take requests, he accepts a drink from a fan, and wears a hat that another fan threw at him. He shows why he is successful for more than 20 years. He is funny, but he can be also touching (yes I cried, cause when he says he still misses Chris Farley, you believe it). He is also incredibly upbeat, positive and not afraid to make fun of himself.
|you think we will make it as comedians?|
8. What I didn't like about the show? I am trying hard, believe me. To come up with something. I may say that there were a few jokes (mostly from Rob Schneider and some of Swardson) that I didnt' find that funny. But I was still smiling. That's about it, but it's not worth taking off points for.
|do you want me to do this over?|
9. What I liked about the show? I loved how long it was and that it had me laughing (or crying) almost non-stop for 3 hours. 3 fucking hours, you get it, right? Not even having sex or eating cake keeps me entertained for that long. I loved the fact Sandler builds his shows around friendship, communal spirit (there was a lot of remembering Brooklyn, where most of the performers were from), gratitude and respecting the fans and what they want. And Schneider redeemed himself in my eyes when he came back on stage to sing a duet with Sandler. His astronaut Ilya was hysterical. I loved the Bruce Springsteen song. Laughed to the disco song. Or the 4th edition of the Hanukkah song. It was all there. And more.
|I love working with people that I genuinely like. Sue me.|
|don't worry, you are doing great|