Adam Sandler Pays Tearful Tribute to Late Chris Farley on SNL with an Emotional Song
Adam Sandler ended his hosting of "Saturday Night Live" with a tribute song to his longtime friend and comedian, Chris Farley who passed away years ago.
Towards the end of his homecoming in “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), Adam Sandler shied away from the usual comedic skits to offer a heartfelt tribute to his late friend, and former SNL castmate, Chris Farley.
As Sandler was welcomed back to hosting SNL, the comedian-actor, instead of performing for laughter at the latter part of the show, took it to the stage to share the beautiful memories of his late friend with a particular song.
The said song was a commemoration of the 21st anniversary of Farley’s untimely passing which initially debuted in Sandler’s “100% Fresh” Netflix special.
An all-timer (and now an old-timer), Adam Sandler finally hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’, bringing a mix of nostalgia, blissfully uncomplicated joy, and most surprisingly, genuine tenderness https://t.co/TVD0uEDGnK— The Ringer (@ringer) May 5, 2019
In this tribute, different clips were exhibited to show various iconic roles that Farley had taken, which includes; motivational speaker Matt Foley, and the Lunch Lady.
More so, coupled with these showings were lovely family photos. Through these, Sandler sang wholeheartedly in celebrating the memory of his friendship with Farley.
Through this reminisce, Sandler did not shy away from praising the greatness of his friend as a comedian. Sandler said:
"He was a one-man party, you know I'm talking about, I'm talking about my friend Chris Farley."
Sandler boasts of Farley’s legacy as a comedian, mentioning in his song that his children enjoy great laughs with clips of Farley. He concludes saying that:
"And when they ask me who's the funniest guy I ever knew, I tell them hands down, without a doubt, it's you."
Many notable television icons took it to their social media accounts to praise Sandler for this heartwarming moment, including SNL cast member, Leslie Jones, who highlighted on twitter that everyone present shed tears.
New York Times culture reporter, Dave Itzkoff, thought that this part of the show was remarkable, describing it as “extraordinary,” and suggesting people watch it again.
This was extraordinary. Watch it if you missed it. Watch it again, even if you saw it the first time. https://t.co/L2mX7R1zqd— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 5, 2019
On the other hand, some did feel that this performance by Sandler gave more than just a song, but a way of bringing Farley alive. NBC host Willie Geist tweeted:
"This is just great, @AdamSandler. You brought him back for a few minutes."
Sandler was just one among the many who remembered Farley in a positive light, given that he brought much joy and laughter to many people through bringing the best acting skills he had to the table.
It has been almost 22 years since Farley’s passing, yet his memory in the hearts of those lives he touched through his antics and personal relations, will live on forever.