Adam Sandler Needs an Act for Judd Apatow’s Film on Stand-Ups

Filed Under Movies, Stand-Up Comedy

With the news that Judd Apatow is doing a movie about stand-up comedians and that it’s not necessarily a comedy, some naturally are wondering if we’re essentially going to get a remake of the 80s film Punchline.

I’m no so worried. If there’s anybody who I’d trust make a film about stand-up, it’s Judd Apatow. Apatow has been a passionate fan of the art form since he was a kid, interviewing stand-ups like Steven Wright and Jerry Seinfeld for a high school radio show, then taking those lessons himself to become a stand-up himself.

Besides regular Apatow repitore member Seth Rogen (who also took to stand-up from a young age), the film will star Adam Sandler. Though some might sneer at the casting, Sandler was a roommate of Apatow’s during his stand-up days and I’m sure the pair look back on the time fondly. It should make for a more personal, affecting film… which seems to me an important ingredient if you’re attempting your first drama, albeit a hilarious drama.

Here’s Sandler talking about the film to MTV:

An interesting point from the video is Sandler talking about having to write an act again, as he hasn’t performed stand-up in 10 years. So they definitely want the stand-up to be as real as possible, with material that’s been tested with a live audience.

But obviously Sandler will be playing a character so he’ll have to be material that works for both Sandler’s character and Sandler the movie star who just dropped in to do a spot at the Improv.

Plus, I kind of wonder if Sandler’s previous stand-up style would work for him today. Here’s a sample of his stand-up before his SNL/movie days.

It’s very regular guy but refracted through someone who’s more than a little off. A lot of the jokes are universal, but Sandler (and likely, the character Sandler will play) is in a different place. An audience will know that Sandler lives a different life now than that guy who talks in an awkward monotone. It’ll be interesting to see what he’ll craft…

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Posted by JackSzwergold on 06/05  at  07:08 PM

Sandler’s stand-up is great.  I think the reason people are turned off by his characters is it sometimes comes off as “Adam Sandler is ZOHAN” instead of the character just being Zohan; for a recent example.

And for all the Sandler haters, Happy Gilmore is painfully underrated as far as comedy nerds go.  It’s a classic.

Posted by Matt on 06/19  at  05:32 AM

I think we may be giving Sandler a bit too much credit with the whole “crafting of a character” thing.  I mean, doesn’t the whole movie center around him having fake feet or something?  Alright, so I haven’t seen this Zohan abomination, but if it’s anything like that Chuck and Larry bullshit, I may have to put him in my own personal version of celebrity time out punishment.  I just refuse to see anything that they’re in any way associated with for a whole year.  Winner three years running?  Here’s not looking at you, Eddie Griffin.

Posted by patrick on 07/01  at  03:50 PM

Adam Sandler is classic, though he does his best work as long as he’s not straying form his specialty: casual, unassuming comedies

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