Adam Sandler as Andy Samberg's dad? Sounds about right

samberg-sandlerImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comAdam Sandler and Andy Samberg are in talks to costar in I Hate You Dad, with Sandler playing Samberg’s father. Even though Sandler’s only 12 years older than Samberg, the casting sounds kind of perfect. I mean, isn’t Samberg a direct comedy descendant of Sandler? I can’t think of any two SNL stars more clearly aligned than these two. Sandler’s and Samberg’s comedy styles obviously share some DNA — silly songs, the lack of vanity, the surprising mileage from goofy voices — plus each has been the quintessential star of their era of SNL.

Sandler’s loose, absurdist characters and persistent persona represent the mid-90s brand of personality-driven humor, and Samberg’s viral, ironic style typifies post-YouTube comedy. Chris Farley, David Spade, Norm MacDonald, Julia Sweeney, and Sandler all stuck very close to their type in every sketch; Sandler was always playing Sandler, whether that was as Mr. Zagat or as Opera Man. These days, it’s Samberg’s referential, often dorky, clash-of-context style that defines SNL. “Lazy Sunday,” “D— in a Box,” “On a Boat,” “Laser Cats” — that’s what will go in the time capsule for mid-2000s SNL. (Sorry, Gilly.)

Count me in for a Sandler/Samberg pairing, PopWatchers. What former/current SNL duos would you want to see? [THR]

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  • Rolo Tomasi

    John Belushi and Chris Farley

    • Elena

      Jane Curtin/Kristen Wiig.

      • Mollie

        Ugh, I hate Kristen Wiig. She’s the worst thing about SNL.

  • Mavis

    I would watch this movie in a second! I have always thought they would be great as a father/son duo! And another interesting potential father/son duo would be Dan Ackroyd & Chris Parnell, but they would be more of a straight man duo. . .

  • Jackie

    This sounds like it’s going to be great, but you didn’t mention my favorite Samberg moment – “An Immigrant’s Tale”! You have to love the moment when Moishe Samberg meets Cornelius Timberlake :)

  • AN

    I freaking LOVE this idea! :)

  • Mr. Holloway

    Bill Hader and Phil Hartman. (Alas.)

  • Stella

    Jane Curtin and Tina Fey. I could definitely see them playing Mother and Daughter in a movie.

    • orville

      Absolutely–they have the same sort of goofy yet biting wit.

  • ST

    I’ve always thought Andy reminded me of Adam both in style of comedy and looks somewhat. This has potential.

  • Pfairy

    Totally off topic but I can’t stand those Gilly sketches. They aren’t funny! Anyway, yeah I could totally see Sandler playing Samberg’s dad.

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  • Elena

    Wow. It can’t be a direct or indirect SNL-rleated thread without a direct or indirect Kristen Wiig-bashing post…

    • DTO

      Damn right!

    • Mollie

      Well, she’s incredibly grating and annoying.

  • Al

    Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott.

  • SJ

    Amy Poehler/Gilda Radner :/

  • Barack Palin

    I guess the movie is going to be set in West Virginia.

  • SJ

    Also, who could play the grandpa in the Samburg/Sandler family? Martin Short? Although he still looks so young…

  • jenny

    I want Adam Sandler to go away, I hate his movies ( except for “Happy Gilmore”) .

    I am rooting for the very gifted Bill Hader & Jason Sudeikis to transition to big film careers- they are the best talents on SNL.

  • jackjack

    BILL HADER! He’s super good at impressions! And poor Kristen Wiig – she’d totally be the star if she weren’t in EVERY. SINGLE. SKIT. Seriously, they can’t use Abby Elliott for a few things? Where the eff has she been?!?!?! The featured players are getting more screen time then her!

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