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June 21, 1996 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-06-21

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til he was 17 and his brother con-
vinced him to get onstage during
an open-mike night at a Boston
comedy club. Sandler was
hooked; he continued performing
at comedy clubs while he earned
a fine-arts degree at New York
University, and by 1990 he land-
ed a spot as a writer for "Satur-
day Night Live."
That gig grew into a full-scale
spot in the cast, where Sandler
showcased his musical comedy
— and where "The Chanukah
Song" had its first national air-
ing. Sandler says Allan Sher-
man, the famous Jewish musical
comedian, was not a particular-
ly important influence; rather,
he cites Shelly Berman, Rodney
Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and
the Cheech & Chong as models.
Determined "not to get stuck
in a rut doing the same stuff,"
Sandler decided that five years
of "Saturday Night Live" was
enough and set his sights on dif-
ferent areas. His films Billy
Madison and Happy Gilmore,
both comedies, were hits. But for
his next film role, Sandler de-
cided to take on the action-dra-
ma Bulletproof, in which he stars
alongside James Caan and Da-
mon Wayans.
"(Caan's) a cool, funny guy. He
likes joking and making people
laugh," says Sandler, who re-
grets that his grandmother, a
Caan fan, isn't alive to see the
movie. "But he (Caan) is tough;
you do have that in the back of
your head — that he can beat
the hell out of you. No doubt
about it."
On tour, meanwhile, Sandler
is living out a bit of teen-age fan-
tasy by taking out a high-pow-
ered rock band — led by veteran
guitarist Waddy Wachtel (Keith
Richards, Jackson Browne, Ste-
vie Nicks) — to play his songs
plus covers of some of his favorite
Bruce Springsteen, Led Zep-
pelin, Elton John and Barry
White (really) tunes.
"I never had the discipline for
anything but comedy and acting
— more so comedy," Sandler ex-
plains. "Even when I was a bus
boy, I didn't do well. I got fired.
I just couldn't deal with the job,
even though it wasn't that dif-
ficult. I didn't like running
around, listening to people
telling me what to do.
"But I do have the discipline
to stay up all night and make
sure I write something that, to
me, feels good. That I'll do."

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