Sandler began his acting career when he performed in comedy clubs, having first taken the stage at his brother’s urging when he was 17. He was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler’s act in Los Angeles and recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year, making a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show, including “The Thanksgiving Song” and “The Chanukah Song.” Sandler told Conan O’Brien on The Tonight Show that NBC fired him and Chris Farley from the show in 1995. Which led him to his movies career.
It seems like forever since Adam Sandler took the theater screens by storm in the late 90’s with his string of low brow comedies. Sure they were good for a few laughs, and movies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore led to more serious one like Punch Drunk Love and Spanglish. But in the last few years the bombs just started piling up, with stinkers like Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy and The Cobbler massively damaging Sandler’s reputation. Sandler is now trying to repair the damage on Netflix, where fortunately for him ratings are not released to the public.