Adam Sandler is taking home this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in recognition of his three decades-long career in comedy. The actor and comic is best known for his tenure at SNL, hit-making parody songs, and a filmography mixing dramatic and comedic roles.
“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 in a press release. “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.”
Sander started his career as a stand-up comedian, making a name for himself by writing and performing raunchy parody songs, but he became a household name with a string of hit comedy films from the 1990s such as Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Big Daddy.
In the two decades since, he's continued to star in comedies while occasionally sneaking up on audiences with celebrated dramatic turns in films such as Punch Drunk Love and Uncut Gems.
Sandler will accept the award at a nationally broadcast ceremony on March 26 at 8 p.m. on CNN.
Other recent winners include Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle.