Adam Sandler Earns Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

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| LAST UPDATE 03/20/2023

By Jessica Lopez
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On Sunday, March 19th, 2023, Adam Sandler was honored with the 24th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The award is considered one of the most prestigious honors in comedy. It has been presented annually since 1998 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the renowned 19th-century author Samuel Clemens (more commonly known as Mark Twain). Here's a look.

The event was attended by a group of comedic and entertainment royalty, including Chris Rock, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, David Spade, and more. They all praised Sandler for his career achievements over the decades, from his early days as a stand-up comedian to his more recent roles in films like Uncut Gems and The Meyerowitz Stories. Chris Rock gushed, "It's so great that Adam is getting this recognition because he deserves it. He has been making people laugh for decades now, and I know he will continue to do so for many years to come."

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Sandler joins a long list of previously awarded luminaries, including Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, and Eddie Murphy - illustrating just how much his comedic achievements have resonated with audiences around the world. His unique style of humor has brought joy not only through feature films but also via television shows such as Saturday Night Live; stand up specials; digital shorts such as The Puffy Chair (which won him an Independent Spirit Award); short films like Hotel Transylvania (for which he received Annie Award nominations); video games; music albums; and so much more.

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On top of his own projects, Sandler has steadily worked alongside many of Hollywood’s biggest stars throughout his illustrious career - such as Jack Nicholson in Anger Management; Scarlett Johansson in Just Go With It; and Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery - allowing him to reach even greater heights of success than ever before! Sandler’s acceptance speech was filled with jokes and moments of sincerity as he thanked those who helped him along the way and expressed gratitude for receiving such a prestigious award. He concluded by saying, “I am so proud to be part of this amazing group of people who have been given this honor before me… thank you all so much!”

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