Adam Sandler visited the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts last night (Sunday, March 19), where he received great recognition for his contributions to writing, acting, and his performance with the Mark Twain Award for American Humor, making him the 24th comedian. received the coveted prize.
Accepting the award, Sandler said in his speech (via New York Times), “Looking at this stupid award, I can’t help but think that one day it might be the weapon that I’ll be beaten to death with,” before thanking his friends and family for giving him the courage to work throughout his career so far.
Several notables in the comedy industry have spoken of Sandler, including Judd Apatow, Steve Buscemi, and David Spade, who ridiculed the fact that Sandler’s comedy films often fell victim to terrible critical reviews.
However, in light of these remarks, Sandler reacted defiantly, adding, “To hell with ratings, now you guys are my new friends.” He concluded, “It’s just a part of my life that I didn’t expect at all, and it’s nice to have my family and friends saying stupid guy Adam got the Mark Twain Award.”
Watch Adam Sandler receive the Mark Twain Award for American Humor below.