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Watch: Adam Sandler Sings Tribute to Chris Farley on SNL

In case you missed it, Adam Sandler returned to his old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds to host for the first time. While the show overall was a bit so-so—whoever turned Beck Bennett into Thanos for the cold open deserves a massive raise or to be fired immediately, I can’t decide which—Sandler did close out the night with a surprisingly poignant, touching tribute to the late, great Chris Farley. (Farley, an SNL cast member from 1990 to 1995, died of an accidental overdose in 1997.)

“On Saturday night my man would always deliver,” Sandler sang. “Whether he was the Bumblebee Girl or livin’ in a van down by the river.”

Sandler’s been performing “Farley” for a while now on tour and footage has made its way to the internet here and there, but it was particularly eye-misting to watch the comedian do a rendition on the very stage he and Farley created a number of their most iconic characters. (Often together, like “Zagats” and “Lunch Lady Land“.) I know Sandler has become a bit of a punchline ’round these parts and for anyone whose watched his comedic output…pretty much anytime post-2002, but this was genuinely sweet. You’d be hard-pressed to not get emotional watching the dude eulogize his rotund, Energizer Bunny best friend while clips of old photos and the Chippendales sketch play in the background. I teared up watching Saturday Night Live. 2019 is very weird!

Check out the video below.

If you’re feeling a bit emotional after all that—understandable—here’s a much more lighthearted trip down memory lane, as Sandler reprised his Opera Man role on this week’s Weekend Update:

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And, okay, here’s the cold open too, because that Thanos outfit truly is the stuff nightmares are made of and if I have to see it, you do as well. (Kate McKinnon‘s Brienne of Tarth is unsurprisingly A++, though.)


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