Adam Sandler Acceptance Speech | 2023 Mark Twain Prize

Adam Sandler Acceptance Speech | 2023 Mark Twain Prize

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The Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize, which is named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists, was awarded to Adam Sandler at a gala performance featuring some of the biggest names in comedy — including Chris Rock, Conan O’Brien, Ben Stiller, Dana Carvey, Pete Davidson, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Anniston, Idina Menzel, David Spade, and more — on March 19, 2023, and aired nationally on CNN on March 26, 2023.

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist, and creator of characters, Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly.

“Adam Sandler has entertained audiences for over three decades with his films, music, and his tenure as a fan favorite cast member on SNL,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter about this year’s recipient. “Adam has created characters that have made us laugh, cry, and cry from laughing. I am looking forward to a laughter-filled evening like no other as we celebrate his career at a ceremony that is sure to bring together the best in comedy.”

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30 Responses

  1. Nickadis says:

    He really said the names of the people who helped him in life like they’re the most important people in the world, I love that.

    • Nathaniel Wardenburg says:

      @Lew Stone 😂😂😂

    • ishahcanah says:

      They are! Without their support, encouragement and faith in him he wouldn’t have done what he did with his life. This is an example of how important having family and people around you who believe in you when you don’t, really is.

    • Christian Wick says:

      He’s an Actor. It’s his job to make believe.

    • Maria CANCER says:

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  2. Ku Egenti says:

    The fact that all his friends showed up to this event means he is a great friend & human being. Well deserved

  3. Come Fast To Get Into My Body says:

    My favorite thing about Adam is when he speaks, no matter where he’s at or what he’s dressed in, he speaks to the audiences, and the camera, like you’re his friend 🥹

  4. Shane P says:

    Adam Sandler definitely deserves this. The dude been making us laugh for decades

  5. J Q says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard a speech in at least 30 years in which I truly believe this person loves their wife and kids and siblings and friends. Beautiful. Give him as many awards as you want. I’ll show up to listen. ☺️

  6. James David says:

    So humble damn, to recognize that people were building him up even though he wasn’t actually the best. And how that turned into determination, hard work and never taking no for an answer. Good on Adam..

    • Maverick33 guy says:

      @beyonder You’re either humble or your not dude…it’s a trait not everyone has…supported or not

    • Honestabe_9 says:

      Both are deep, but you know what’s even better… Objectively, if you can, getting SO GOOD at something/something’s in silence and then eventually you can’t be ignored… People will then eventually thank/praise you for it once they find out

    • beyonder says:

      It occurs to me after seeing this that being humble is easy if everyone around you is always telling you that you’re the best. Now imagine growing up and no one tells you anything supportive or positive so you have to constantly repeat openly how good you are….and then being called conceited for it.

  7. A Lad and a Dad says:

    Adam Sandler is proof that you can achieve fame and fortune, and still remain grounded to your family and values. Amazing guy, well deserved award, Adam.

  8. Michael Winstanley says:

    It’s about damn time Sandler was recognized for his work him and his crew of friends and family have created some of the most entertaining movies that exist today…. Cheers to Adam Sandler 🍻

    • Bronx says:

      Nothing but respect for this man.

    • Bald & Bearded says:

      ​@Juice WillisHe is one of the most grossing comedic actor to ever exist.. up there with Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Steve Carell and so on.
      People don’t have to like comedic acting, but to discredit his achievements is showcasing ignorance. In other words, people have to be dumb not to notice what he has achieved. 30 seconds of research shows how he’s one of the most respected comedians to ever be.

    • Michael Lane says:

      @BloodMalice I think just the volume of work speaks pretty well, I probably dislike like a 3rd of his catalogue but even his worst stuff has like 1 good joke or meme, his romcoms are all pretty cookie cutter but none are outright hallmark bad, he has a comedic and acting career that has spanned pretty much every kind of genre and role remotely related to his craft(did he ever do Sci-Fi?), I get that you can hate on much of it for not being particularly your personal preference or the best thing ever but most people have that one group of his work they like or at least remember.

    • Juice Willis says:

      ​@BloodMalice I appreciate his movies for what they were in the 90s. Idiotic humor was all the rage back then. Seems like a nice guy, but how does he even qualify ?

  9. 1393floyd says:

    He just seems like the nicest, most humble dude.

  10. Angel Ricalde says:

    My hero forever. Thank you for so much joy, Adam.

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