Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are in talks to costar in I Hate You Dad, with Sandler playing Samberg’s father. Even though Sandler’s only 12 years older than Samberg, the casting sounds kind of perfect. I mean, isn’t Samberg a direct comedy descendant of Sandler? I can’t think of any two SNL stars more clearly aligned than these two. Sandler’s and Samberg’s comedy styles obviously share some DNA – silly songs, the lack of vanity, the surprising mileage from goofy voices – plus each has been the quintessential star of their era of SNL.
Sandler’s loose, absurdist characters and persistent persona represent the mid-90s brand of personality-driven humor, and Samberg’s viral, ironic style typifies post-YouTube comedy. Chris Farley, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Julia Sweeney, and Sandler all stuck very close to their type in every sketch; Sandler was always playing Sandler, whether that was as Mr. Zagat or as Opera Man. These days, it’s Samberg’s referential, often dorky, clash-of-context style that defines SNL. “Lazy Sunday,” “D— in a Box,” “On a Boat,” “Laser Cats” – that’s what will go in the time capsule for mid-2000s SNL. (Sorry, Gilly.)
Count me in for a Sandler/Samberg pairing, PopWatchers. What former/current SNL duos would you want to see? [THR]