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Adam Sandler: The Jew Crush

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream … oh wait it’s you

On September 9th 1966, God created Adam — we are of course referring to the comedic wonder, Adam Richard Sandler. Born in Brooklyn to Judith “Judy” Levine and Stanley Sandler, the Jewish comedian, actor and writer has provided us with many beloved characters, some more eccentric than others (cue any of Steve Buscemi’s roles in his films) . With his visionary creations from a grown man who goes back to first grade to win his rich father’s validation to an Israeli barber who prostitutes himself out to lonely old women, Sandler has left an indelible mark (not interested in the critics’ opinions) on 90’s movie comedy and we just love the guy.

Seven reasons we have a Jew crush on Adam Sandler:

1. Live from New York. Sandler began performing stand-up comedy when he 17-years-old, but his career took off when comedian Dennis Miller saw his act in LA and passed him along to “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer and from there joined the cast for four glorious years playing alongside the 90’s dream team including Chris Farley and David Spade. We will forever be indebted to him for “Pepper Boy” and “Opera Man.”

2. Stop looking at me swan. Two of Sandler’s earlier films that he wrote and starred in gave us some of the most hilarious, quotable lines in film history. “Happy Gilmore” and “Billy Madison” pretty much played on repeat in my home and to this day some of us, (not naming names), can recite the entire screenplay of “Billy Madison.” (Challengers have regretted it).

3. So much funukah. First debuting on “SNL’s” “Weekend  Update” segment, Sandler’s now famous “Chanukah Song” gave an everlasting gift not to just comedy lovers, but Jewish people everywhere.  Written as an answer to the dearth of Chanukah-inspired tunes out there compared to the infinity of Christmas songs, Sandler penned what has become a holiday anthem with catchy lyrics about celebrities who are Jewish and topical stories —the song has received several revisions over the years.

4. Aside from “The Chanukah Song,” Sandler’s other biggest tribute to MOT’s was his portrayal of an Israeli barber in the 2008 black comedy satire “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” In the film Sandler plays Zohan Dvir, an Israeli counter-terrorist army commando who fakes his own death so that he can chase his true dream of becoming a hairdresser in New York City. It’s worth it for his accent and goatee alone.

5. Drama king. Though most recognized for his work in comedy, Sandler has shown his more serious side in dramatic films like “Punch Drunk Love,” “Spanglish,” “Reign Over Me” and “Funny People.” He was invited to join the “Academy of Motion Pictures” for his performances in “Punch Drunk Love” and “Funny People” and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Punch Drunk Love.”

6. Gone platinum. Most in the comedy realm fantasize about producing just one comedy album: Sandler has released five of them. Of those, two are certified as double-platinum.

7. Big talent big heart. Sandler doesn’t keep his success to himself. In 2007, the comedian made a $1 million donation to the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire, where he moved at six-years-old.

Adam Sander

the Hannukah Song


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