Adam Sandler Says He ‘Tried Not To Cry’ During Performance Of His Chris Farley Tribute Song On ‘SNL’

Adam Sandler’s recent tribute to his friend Chris Farley was a very emotional experience for him.

Earlier this month, Sandler hosted Global’s “Saturday Night Live”, and performed his tribute song for Farley, who died in 1997.

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On Wednesday, Sandler appeared at an awards consideration event in Los Angeles for his “100% Fresh” stand-up special and spoke to director Paul Thomas Anderson about the song.

“Certain parts catch me off guard, singing it. I did it in his hometown, too, in Milwaukee, so a lot of people knew him growing up were there, so that was emotional,” Sandler said, according to IndieWire. “Then when I sang it on ‘Saturday Night Live’, that was amazingly emotional because I just remember hanging out with him there so much, and how he kind of dominated my life there. I loved him so much, and every cameraman, everyone in the studio loved him so much.”

The song was also included as part of the “100% Fresh” special, and Sandler revealed that he actually got permission from Farley’s mother Mary Anne first.

“Mrs. Farley was really happy and said, ‘I love that. I love when anybody talks about Chris, but you really knew him, and that would be very special for my family.’ So I had that in my head when we were recording,” Sandler recalled. “I had some weird pressure in my head. I just wanted to make sure I did it right and did him justice.”

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Sandler continued, “I swear to God, [Paul], when I would sing that song, every place I would play would react the same way. They would cheer every time I said the guy’s name. They would go so crazy for him. You just felt the impact of what Farley had on everybody; what he meant to everyone who grew up watching him and his movies. That song was very important to try to do as good as I could do.”

“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT on Global; “SNL” will return with its 45th season in the fall.

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